Codrut Nistor (Senior Tech Writer)
In my early school days, I hated writing and having to make up stories. A decade later, I started to enjoy it. Since then, I published a few offline articles and then I moved to the online space, where I contributed to major websites that are still present online as of 2021 such as Softpedia, Brothersoft, Download3000, but I also wrote for multiple blogs that have disappeared over the years. I've been riding with the Notebookcheck crew since 2013 and I am not planning to leave it anytime soon. In love with good mechanical keyboards, vinyl and tape sound, but also smartphones, streaming services, and digital art.
New iPad Mini 6 rumors mention an A15 chip and a Smart Connector
Expected to hit the market in a few months with a design inspired by the latest iPad Air, Apple's upcoming iPad Mini tablet is rumored to use the A15 Bionic processor. The slate, currently codenamed J310, is also supposed to feature USB-C connectivity and a magnetic Smart Connector.
Apple's upcoming A14 Bionic-driven iPhone SE 3, less than a year away
Industry insiders who spoke to DigiTimes have just confirmed the previous rumors regarding the arrival of the next-gen iPhone SE in the second half of 2022. Next year's affordable, entry-level compact Apple handset is expected to feature the A14 Bionic processor and 5G connectivity.
iPhone 13 case molds show up, confirming larger camera module
Although the next-gen iPhone is expected to arrive in October or November, accessory makers are already starting to produce cases for the upcoming handset. A fresh leak reveals that standard and Pro models will feature a diagonal camera setup and larger camera modules for the entire lineup.
Samsung updates the Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019) to Android 11 sooner than expected
The Android 11-based One UI 3.0 firmware for the Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019) is now rolling out in almost 30 countries across the globe. The list of changes includes a refreshed UI, one-time permissions, chat bubbles, improved stock apps, additional lock screen options, a conversations section in the notifications area, and more.
OxygenOS 188.8.131.52 update brings solid camera improvements to the OnePlus Nord CE
Yesterday, the OxygenOS 184.108.40.206 software update has arrived for OnePlus Nord CE handsets in India. Other markets should get it in the coming days. The list of changes includes faster charging, improved front camera performance, reduced noise in night photos, optimized video call experience, as well as the June security patch.
AZIO's IZO Collection wireless keyboard set is making waves on Kickstarter
With more than two weeks left, the AZIO IZO Collection has already raised more than six times the US$10,000 goal of the Kickstarter campaign that kicked off on June 8. Early backers can get the keyboard for US$70 and the entire set (keyboard, palm rest, numeric pad/standalone calculator, mouse) for US$145.
Samsung's Galaxy S21 Ultra has battery drain issues
What appears to be a widespread issue is affecting Galaxy S21 Ultra devices and looks like the camera app is the culprit. In some cases, the battery drain can go as far as 21 percent in seven hours and only 15 minutes of screen time. Sadly, the regular battery stats monitor does not detect anything wrong.
Vivaldi 4.0 now available with integrated email client and feed reader, calendar, and more
The jump from version number 3.8 to 4.0 comes with a few massive changes for Vivaldi users, starting with the three features still in Beta status: Mail, Calendar, and Feed Reader. This update also intros Vivaldi Translate, three interface layouts to choose from, and more. The Android update is also moving to version 4.0.
Android 11-based MIUI 12.5.1 brings the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro back in business
Although not perfect, MIUI 12.5.1 pushes the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro out of the red zone and irons out most of the bugs present in MIUI 12.1.5. The latest Android 11-based update for this handset makes the whole interface snappier and comes with a few changes to the Notes app, new sounds, and more.
Google allows cryptocurrency exchanges to use its ad services again
A surprise move by Google brings to an end the three-year-old policy banning the use of its ad services by cryptocurrency exchanges. The revised policy will allow ads for Cryptocurrency Exchanges and Wallets targeting the United States to go online starting in August, as long as they will be certified by Google.
War Thunder 2.7 "Red Skies" now live with two new locations, rank VII aircraft, new ground vehicles, ships, and more
Labeled 2.7 "Red Skies" and released earlier today, the latest update to War Thunder introduces rank VII jets, alongside two new locations, 11 new ground vehicles (including modern Chinese SPAA), 5 helicopters, 6 new ships, as well as a comprehensive list of minor tweaks and fixes.
Firefox 89 launches with a redesigned interface
Released earlier today, Firefox 89 comes with a clean design "is easy on the eyes, bright and buoyant on screens of all sizes" across multiple platforms. The list of visual changes is pretty long and includes a new icon set crisp typography, streamlined toolbar and menus, a new look for tabs, expanded privacy protections, and more.
Next-gen Exynos chip, confirmed to feature AMD RDNA 2 with ray tracing and variable shading
What has been only a rumor so far is finally official: AMD CEO Lisa Su has confirmed during her Computex 2021 keynote speech that the next-gen Exynos SoC will feature a custom AMD RDNA 2 architecture with ray tracing and variable rate shading. More details about this upcoming 5G chip will surface later this year.
ZOTAC intros the GAMING GeForce RTX 3080 Ti and 3070 Ti Series
The latest video cards to join ZOTAC's GAMING line-up are based on the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti and 3070 Ti GPUs and feature RGB lighting, advanced cooling, active fan control, as well as RGB LED backplates and metal front plates. Those interested will be able to buy the new cards starting later this week.
MINISFORUM launches the Ryzen 7 4800U-driven HM80 mini PC
The successor of the Ryzen 5 4500U-powered MINISFORUM HM50 is now available as the HM80. Inside it, there is a more potent Ryzen 7 4800U processor, alongside 16/256 GB or 32/512 GB of memory/storage. The prices of these two configurations, after the US$100 early-bird discount, are US$759 and US$829.
Huawei might launch a 3 nm Kirin SoC next year
Although Huawei has been facing many problems lately, both software- and hardware-related, the infamous Chinese brand is now working on a next-gen 3 nm SoC. Currently known as the Kirin 9010, this high-end piece of hardware should enter production next year, when the first devices to use it should surface as well.
CoryxKenshin autographed PlayStation 4 hits eBay for US$25,000
Although there is nothing special about it hardware-wise, the Slim 1 TB PlayStation 4 autographed by the popular online player CoryxKenshin is now up for sale on eBay with a starting price of no less than US$25,000. However, there are two days left and no bids have been placed so far.
It's official: The Mac has a security problem
According to Apple’s software chief Craig Federighi, the company's computers are less secure than iOS devices due to the fact that app stores on the Mac are regularly exploited. This sometimes leads to malware infections, but Federighi also said that "a Mac can be operated safely" despite this problem.
MINISFORUM launches the TL50 mini PC with Intel Core i5-1135G7 processor and Thunderbolt 4
Available in a single 12 GB/512 GB memory/SSD storage configuration, the Intel Core i5-1135G7-driven MINISFORUM TL50 mini PC that features Thunderbolt 4 connectivity can be acquired for a price of US$699. The first 50 orders will get a generous discount of US$100 and shipments will begin in July.
Sony launches the Xperia PRO in Europe
Advertised as the world’s first smartphone with HDMI input, the new Xperia PRO by Sony is now official in Europe at a price of almost US$3,000. Shipments will kick off on May 10 and pre-orders are already live. This premium handset is available via authorized dealers throughout the UK, Germany, and Nordic regions.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite specs sheet surfaces online
Most likely set to arrive before the end of the month, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Lite should hit the market with a full HD display and Android 11-based firmware. Both variants (WiFi only and WiFi + cellular) will use a MediaTek processor, and multiple country-specific models are also in the cards.
World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade Classic release date spotted in Blizzard Launcher
Although it allegedly surfaced on the launch page for Heroes of the Storm, the piece of news regarding the launch of World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade Classic is no longer available. Was it posted by mistake or will this anticipated title arrive in less than a month as revealed in the aforementioned article?
Vivaldi 3.8 now available with built-in cookie crumbler, redesigned panels, and more
The latest update for Vivaldi, which was released earlier today, brings the version number up to 3.8 on both desktop and mobile. The list of changes includes a new way to add bookmarks, redesigned panels, Google's FLoC component blacklisted by default, a built-in cookie crumbler, quick ways to access the Start Page (Android version), and more.
US only: Rock space AC2100 wireless router is now 40 percent off
Although it lacks Wi-Fi 6, the rock space AC2100 wireless router features a dual-core processor, a maximum speed of 2033 Mbps, and 1300 square feet coverage thanks to 4x4 MU-MIMO and Beamforming+. Only available in the US, this product is now on sale with a 40 percent discount that takes the price below US$40.
Android 11-based MIUI 12.1.5 hits the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro and most bugs are now gone
After a buggy update from Android 10 to Android 11, the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro finally gets things right. The MIUI 12.1.5 update that includes last month's security patch feels snappier and some of the most annoying issues of its predecessor (fingerprint scanner response, overall lag) are now history.
UGREEN cuts prices of Apple accessories by 20 percent
The discount code for use in the UGREEN official store cuts the prices of eligible products by 20 percent and will be valid until mid-May. The list of discounted accessories includes chargers, power banks, USB hubs, adapters, cables, the recently released HiTune T2 low latency TWS earbuds, and more.
EPOS launches the H3 closed acoustic gaming headset
Described as "the best all-round quality gaming headset," the new EPOS H3 is a closed acoustic gaming headset that targets PC, Mac, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox gamers. Its highlights include a sound pressure level value of 124 dB, 10 to 30,000 Hz frequency response, as well as 20 Ohm impedance.
Genesis Thor 400 RGB mechanical keyboard hands-on: Everything you'd expect for roughly US$100
The Genesis Thor 400 RGB is a full-size programmable mechanical keyboard that comes with a detachable palm rest. It uses Kailh Red switches and its set of features includes both preset and customizable RGB lighting settings, n-key rollover, configurable macro keys, and more. The backlight/volume knob's placement seems like the only drawback.
G.SKILL unveils high-end Trident Z Royal Elite Series DDR4 kits, up to 5333 MHz and 64 GB
The brand-new G.SKILL Trident Z Royal Elite DDR4 memory kits come with a multi-faceted crystalline design across the heat spreader and feature CL16 to CL22 timings, stock frequencies between 3600 MHz and 5333 MHz, and come in capacities between 16 GB and 64 GB. Shipments should begin next month.
The April update of Descendant XI comes with various minor changes, as well as support for the Xiaomi Mi 9/9 SE, Poco M2, and Redmi K20 Pro/Mi 9T Pro
The latest update for this custom Android ROM now supports four more Xiaomi handsets and integrates the latest security patch from Google. The list of added features includes multiple UI changes, fixes, as well as always-on scheduling, system-wide app locking, and a new ringtone.
Genesis Helium 300BT ARGB Bluetooth speakers hands-on: Multiple light tricks and connectivity options, good sound, stylish design
Advertised as "the first speakers on the market that allow you to control the backlight using a PC motherboard," the Genesis Helium 300BT ARGB also delivers a pleasant audio experience. Today, I will try to find the essential highs and lows of this audio accessory that targets computer users who love RGB lighting.
Genesis Holm 510 RGB gaming desk hands-on: More than just a lot of space and RGB lighting
Gaming desks often come with RGB lighting and a few other gimmicks that don't justify their price. In addition to the rather common lights, cable organizer and cup/headphone holders, Genesis also throws in a wireless charger and a USB 3.0 hub. Today, we will see if these are enough to make the Holm 510 competitive or this is just another overpriced gaming desk.
MINISFORUM's April sale: UM340 for 12 percent less, US$100 discount for the HM50, and US$50 off for the U820/U850
The Easter Sale campaign ran by MINISFORUM includes tempting deals on the brand's most popular devices, including the HM50 (US$100 for the first 100 units sold), UM270 and UM820/850 (US$50 off), as well as a mere US$20 off for the UM250 and X35G. Most of the discounts will be available until the end of the month.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Founders Edition sold for US$2,999.99... but this is a "good" price
The latest high-end video cards from NVIDIA are priced really high and the prices of custom designs make the US$2,999.99 tag on a GeForce RTX 3090 Founders Edition that has just been sold on eBay look like a bargain. For example, a German seller is down to the last ASUS GeForce RTX 3090 ROG STRIX, after selling 11 for over US$3,900 each.
Pixel 5 update brings massive GPU performance boost
The April 2021 security update for the Google Pixel series comes with connectivity, camera, and stability improvements for the entire lineup, but the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G get a noticeable gaming performance boost. However, the new patch arrives after the first stable Android 11 update which unfortunately came with a decline in performance.
NVIDIA silently resurrects the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
Introduced in early March 2017 with a price tag that read US$699 and discontinued in the meantime, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is now apparently being produced again. For now, it looks like older units that were sent for RMA are being replaced with brand-new ones, so we might see them on the free market as well.
UGREEN HiTune T2 TWS hands-on: Nothing out of this world, but good value for the price
With a launch price of less than US$30, the UGREEN HiTune T2 comes with Qi wireless charging support, up to 4 hours of autonomy on a single charge, an attractive design, and good sound quality. The build quality is also all right, and the HiTune T2 is also IPX5-rated for resistance against water and sweat.
OneMore Delay: 8/128 GB OnePlus 9 Pro not available yet
Although the brand-new OnePlus 9 Pro flagship is available for purchase from multiple retailers, only the ~US$1,000 model with 12/256 GB of memory/storage can be ordered right now. The version with 8/128 GB is nowhere to be found and there is no official information regarding its date of arrival.
Failbook: Personal data of roughly 530 million accounts from 106 countries leaks online
Although the data breach in question today apparently took place back in 2019, it is quite disturbing to find out that more than 500 million Facebook accounts are now in danger since the database has surfaced online in a freely accessible low-level hacking forum. Thankfully, the vulnerability exploited back then has been patched.
Beoplay Portal: Bang & Olufsen intros its first wireless gaming headphones
Beoplay Portal is the first wireless gaming headset from Bang & Olufsen. With a rather sober design, the Beoplay Portal comes with an all-new virtual boom arm, adaptive active noise cancellation, Dolby Atmos for Headphones support, and up to 24 hours of autonomy. Those interested can already purchase it for US$499.
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U-driven MINISFORUM HM50 mini PC now up for pre-order
MINISFORUM's first mini PC of the month has a Ryzen 5 4500U inside, can be pre-ordered with 16/256 GB or 16/512 GB of memory/storage, and shipments should begin at the end of the month. The prices start at US$699 for the first configuration and go up to US$739 for the second one.
Incoming funeral: Tizen might be phased out in favor of Wear OS
If the data found in the latest version of the Galaxy Wearable app turns out to be accurate, Samsung's next-gen smartwatches will only run Google's Wear OS. The Galaxy Watch 4 and its Active sibling are expected to arrive later this year, more precisely before the end of its second quarter.
DxOMark: Xiaomi's Mi 11 Ultra is the new king
Although the full review is not live yet, the final scores are public, and one thing is certain: the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra is DxOMark's new king. The overall score of 143 is the result of the following areas: 148 (photo), 100 (zoom), and 117 (video), enough to grab first place from the Huawei Mate 40 Pro+.
Rugged Apple Watch for extreme conditions could come out later this year
With an unconfirmed launch date that could be set as soon as late 2021, the rugged Apple Watch is rumored to offer similar functionality as the regular edition, but increased resistance to various hazards. This way, the new Apple Watch could compete with legendary rugged watches such as the Casio G-Shock.
AMD Ryzen 5-powered MINISFORUM DeskMini UM340 starts at US$539
MINISFORUM's latest creation comes with a Ryzen 5 3450U that features Radeon Vega 8 graphics, at least 8/256 GB of memory/storage, and shipments should begin at the end of next month. The prices start at US$539 for the aforementioned configuration and can go up to US$599 for the 16/512 GB variant.
Firefox 87 now available with SmartBlock, as well as many minor fixes and tweaks
Earlier this week, Firefox 87 arrived with SmartBlock for Private Browsing — a new intelligent tracker blocking mechanism that provides stand-in scripts to decrease the chance of a website breaking on load. The list of other changes includes a new default HTTP Referrer policy, full support for VoiceOver in macOS, and more.
Linux is back on smartphones: The PinePhone Beta Edition starts at US$150 and fails to impress
With specs that make it look ancient, such as eMMC storage and a 2/5 MP pair of cameras, the PinePhone Beta Edition is exactly what its name says. Priced at US$150 (2/32 GB) or US$200 (3/64 GB and a USB-C docking bar), the PinePhone Beta Edition only comes with 30 days of warranty and it isn't just another smartphone.
The surprising Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro: Rugged and waterproof as (not) advertised
Not long after dropping my own Mi 10T Pro in deep snow and fearing that might have led to water ingress, I discovered a series of tests that prove how resilient it is. Although not advertised as waterproof, it looks like the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro can even handle short immersions in shallow water alongside the usual splashes.
Trouble in paradise: MIUI 12.1.2 (Android 11) for the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro is plagued by multiple bugs
When updating from Android 10 to Android 11 but without moving to MIUI 12.5, some Mi 10T Pro users might find trouble. For me, this means fingerprint reader and touchscreen response issues, some random app crashes, and more. According to what others who got the update are saying, it doesn't stop here.
Nusantara Project brings MIUI-less Android 11 to the Xiaomi Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro
Those who simply cannot live with Xiaomi's MIUI interface on their Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro devices are now finally receiving the first alternatives, although all are custom ROMs. Nusantara Project is one of the first such pieces of code to go live, comes from Indonesia, and is based on the Android Open Source Project.
Xiaomi updates some devices to Android 11, including the Redmi Note 9 and Note 9 Pro
Although the new software is not coming with MIUI 12.5 on top, various older Redmi devices are now being updated to Android 11. The list of handsets that receive the new firmware this week includes the Redmi Note 9 and Note 9 Pro, as well as the Redmi Note 10 and its Pro sibling, both released earlier this month.
Genesis intros three low-profile mechanical keyboards, namely the Thor 380, 400, and 401 RGB
With the same looks, the Thor 380, 400, and 401 RGB mechanical keyboards by Genesis are set apart by the switches inside. The first one uses Otemu Blue, the second employs Kailh RED, and the Genesis 401 RGB sports Kailh Brown switches. The prices are 59,80 EUR (~US$71) for the 380 and 69,80 EUR (~US$83) for the 400 and 401.
Teclast M40 hands-on: Powerful hardware for the price, but with a few problems and apparently stuck on Android 10
With a design that make it look like a black P20HD, the Teclast M40 is a superior tablet in terms of performance. However, the more powerful processor, 2 GB of additional memory and twice the amount of storage when compared to the P20HD do not make the M40 cost double. Overall, this is a 10-inch slate worth checking out.
Vivaldi 3.7 brings Apple M1 native support and solid under-the-hood improvements
Unleashed for both desktop and mobile users, Vivaldi 3.7 comes with native support for Apple M1 processors and noticeable speed improvements (Windows/Linux/macOS), as well as easier bookmarking of websites and a friendly Welcome page alongside various other interface enhancements (Android).
JOMISE K7 1600P smart dashcam hands-on: Good video quality, but rather weak software support
With a SONY IMX415 sensor inside, the JOMISE K7 1600P is a dashcam that provides 170-degree wide coverage, parking mode, a mobile app to download and view videos, traffic lights change reminder and more. Although it has a few quirks, this is a good choice for drivers who are looking for a virtual witness in case something bad happens.
The MINISFORUM DeskMini UM270 is a new Ryzen 7-powered mini PC that starts at US$499
The latest mini PC by MINISFORUM features a Ryzen 7 PRO 2700U processor, Radeon Vega 10 graphics, and shipments should begin at the end of the month. In addition to this quad-core processor, the first two hardware configurations announced feature 16/256 GB (US$499) and 16/512 GB (US$539) of DDR4 memory/SSD storage.
War Thunder 2.5 "Ixwa Strike" comes with South African ground vehicles and more
The latest update to War Thunder, labeled 2.5 "Ixwa Strike" and unleashed earlier today, brings more than 20 new ground vehicles (including a South African separate branch in the British tech tree), first sweep-wing aircraft (Su-17M), 5 new ships, new locations, a pilot HUD, new graphical effects, and more.
Sharkoon unveils the ELITE SHARK CA300H ATX case
The latest case by Sharkoon is the ELITE SHARK CA300H and comes with tempered glass side panels, a polished aluminum front panel, four preinstalled RGB LED fans, an addressable RGB controller, and plenty of space. The manufacturer's suggested price for this ATX case is 154.90 Euros (roughly US$187).
The end for Intel-compatible x86 apps on M1 Macs? macOS 11.3 could drop Rosetta in certain countries
Although Apple still has to confirm this, it looks like macOS 11.3 will come with a nasty surprise for some users. Depending on the region, this update might remove Rosetta, so the users of M1-powered machines in those countries will lose the ability to run x86 apps built for Intel-based Macs.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865-powered Vertu Ayxta Fold 5G available in China for over US$7,000
The new luxury foldable that carries the Vertu banner, namely the Ayxta Fold 5G, is actually a Royole FlexPai 2 with a back cover dressed in leather and with a few other minor visual touches. Hardware-wise, there is nothing mindblowing, but the price for China (via JD.com) exceeds the equivalent of US$7,000.
World of Tanks 1.12 is here with rebalanced tier VIII premiums, interface tweaks, and more
Without bringing any major changes to the gameplay or interface, World of Tanks 1.12 is now live and comes with (only four, unfortunately) rebalanced tier VIII premium tanks, interface improvements inspired by popular mods, a sneak preview of the reworked Steel Hunter mode, and more.
First image of Samsung Galaxy Xcover 5 surfaces online
Although only the front is no longer a secret, it is obvious that the Samsung Galaxy XCover 5 is not a huge step forward in terms of design when compared to its predecessor. One can easily notice the thick borders and bezels, a red button on the left side, as well as the power and volume buttons on the right.
Microsoft Visual Studio Code hits the Raspberry Pi
Raspberry Pi users can now enjoy coding with Microsoft Visual Studio Code on their single-board computers. Microsoft's free open source developer text editor was released for Windows, macOS, and x64 Linux. The Redmond giant is also offering plenty of tutorials on using VS Code with multiple languages and development tools.
Seagate Backup Plus Hub 8 TB hands-on: An USB 3.0 Hub and a 5400 RPM Barracuda combined with decent results
Those who need a USB 3.0 hub with just two ports and a large hard drive can get away with the Seagate Backup Plus Hub, which is usually cheaper than the sum of its parts. In my case, the Backup Plus Hub comes with a Barracuda hard drive inside (8 TB, 5400 RPM, 256 MB buffer), but for ~15% less than the drive alone.
Android 11 on the Xiaomi Mi A1 via Descendant XI: An interesting ROM with a few unique features
Descendant is the only custom ROM to have a COVID-19 information area accessible from Settings as Descendant Health that also includes screen on and sleep notifications, not to mention the heart-shaped icon settings, and much more. The software package includes Google Apps, Kiwi Browser, and Metro.
Xbox Series X | S backward compatibility update might be unveiled next week
A deleted tweet by a Spanish tech YouTuber claims that Xbox fans will get some "very interesting" news on February 17. Sadly, there are no details to talk about right now, but it is very likely that the backward compatibility update that promises double frame rate for old games locked at 30 fps will be finally unveiled.
Nintendo Switch gets (unofficial) Android 10 support via LineageOS 17.1
Thanks to the SwitchRoot team, Android 10-based LineageOS 17.1 can now be easily installed on the Nintendo Switch console. In the past, this popular game console received Android 8.1 Oreo from the same team. The new unofficial Android ROM brings deep sleep and a snappier overall experience to the Nintendo Switch.
Samsung Galaxy A71 5G gets Android 11-based One UI 3.0 update
Although handsets on other carriers all over the world should receive it as well, it looks like the first Galaxy A71 5G units to receive the Android 11-based One UI 3.0 update are those on Sprint's network in the US. In addition to the software refresh, it also addresses a memory corruption exploit.
Android 11 on the Xiaomi Mi A1 via Pixel Experience - A great ROM for purists, but with a few caveats for now
The Android 11-based version of the popular Pixel Experience ROM is now finally available for the Xiaomi Mi A1 with the February 2021 security patch in tow. Although we are talking about another Beta release, this ROM is stable enough and has almost everything it needs to be used on a daily basis.
MINISFORUM EliteMini U850/U820 now available, Intel Core i5-8259U or 10210U in tow
With a starting price of US$639/US$699 for the 16 GB RAM and 512 GB variants, the new Intel Core i5-8259U/i5-U10210U-driven mini PC by MINISFORUM is scheduled to start shipping in April. The first 100 orders get a US$50 discount. There are also versions with a 256 GB SSD that go for US$40 less.
Asus ROG teams up with IKEA for gaming-focused furniture, Japan will get it first
The list of products that IKEA designed in collaboration with Republic of Gamers, the well-known Asus sub-brand, includes over 30 products, including gaming desks and chairs, a drawer unit, as well as various small accessories such a mug holder, a mouse bungee, a ring light, and so on. Global sales will start later this year.
The GALAX GeForce RTX 3090 HOF hits 3 GHz and breaks no less than 16 world records
Thanks to liquid nitrogen cooling, the GALAX GeForce RTX 3090 HOF was pushed from 1.8 GHz to over 3 GHz and it broke multiple benchmark records, including 3DMark Vantage Extreme, Port Royal, Fire Strike, Superposition, and other tests. Gamers on a (very!) generous budget can choose one of the six RTX 3090 HOF variants released by GALAX.
Apple launches Chrome extension for using iCloud Keychain passwords on Windows PCs
Simply called "iCloud Passwords," the new Google Chrome extension allows its users to use the same Safari passwords that they created on their Apple device with Chrome on Windows. Besides, iCloud Passwords also saves passwords created with Google Chrome on Windows to the iCloud Keychain for later use on Apple devices.
Android 11 on the Xiaomi Mi A1 via ShapeShiftOS: A lackluster, near-stock experience
Those who want a custom ROM for their Xiaomi Mi A1 close to Google's stock offering will probably enjoy ShapeShiftOS. For me, the lack of OTA updating, the stability issues that I bumped into, as well as the rather basic customization options make this piece of code unusable as a daily driver.
Vivaldi 3.6 now available with two-level tab stacks
For those who often find themselves facing way too many tabs on their tab bar, Vivaldi 3.6 comes with a second one. In addition to two-level tab stacks, the latest update for this browser also includes split-screen view and tree-style view (via the Tab Tiling and Window Panel features).
Sharkoon SKILLER SGK30 mechanical keyboard hits the market for nearly 50 Euros (~US$61)
With a tempting price tag of less than US$70, the new mechanical keyboard from Sharkoon comes with two switch choices - red or blue. The SKILLER SGK30 sports a classic design and its list of features includes n-key rollover, support for saving up to 20 game profiles via the companion software, 15 lighting presets, and more.
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra faces JerryRigEverything's torture session, handles it pretty well
Shortly after its release, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra has landed in Jerry's hands for the usual torture session. Thankfully for the OEM and its fans, the new handset lives up to the expectations overall, although its durability alone does not justify the quite painful price of US$1,200.
Sony intros the Alpha 1 full-frame mirrorless camera
Scheduled to hit Europe this March with a price tag of over US$8,850, the Sony Alpha 1 features a new 50.1 MP full-frame stacked Exmor RS CMOS sensor, an upgraded BIONZ XZ imaging processing engine, world's first anti-flicker shooting with both mechanical and electronic shutter, 8K video recording, and much more.
Samsung Galaxy XCover 5 hits Geekbench
A few months after the latest reports concerning its arrival, the next-gen Samsung Galaxy XCover surfaces on Geekbench. The list of specs does not include 5G, or at least the 5G variant is not ready yet. The SM-G525F handset runs on Android 11 and is powered by Samsung's Exynos 850 processor, paired with 4 GB of memory.
Android 11 on the Xiaomi Mi A1 via crDroid: Probably the best ROM for this handset so far
Without any noticeable problems on my handset after a few days of use, Android 11-based crDroid 7.2 proves to be an almost perfect choice for those who want to keep around the Xiaomi Mi A1 for at least another year or two without making any compromises in terms of security and capabilities.
Acer TravelMate Spin B3 coming in April, US$330 starting price and low-power Intel processors in tow
With up to 12 hours of battery life and a MIL-STD 810H-certified rugged design, the Acer TravelMate Spin B3 convertible promises to deliver all that classroom use requires. This Windows 10-powered portable will hit China in February, EMEA in Q2, and North America in April, with prices starting at US$329.99.
OnePlus Nord N10 gets OxygenOS 10.5.9
In addition to the security patch dated January 2021, the OxygenOS 10.5.9 software update for OnePlus Nord N10 handsets also comes with improved network stability and optimized power consumption. Sadly, there are no fixes for the broken pocket mode and AR services yet, as well as a few other minor bugs.
Android 11-based Samsung One UI 3.0 finally hits the Galaxy Fold
One week after releasing the update for the Galaxy Z Fold 2, Samsung is bringing the Android 11-based One UI 3.0 software update to its predecessor as well. The Samsung Galaxy Fold is receiving the new firmware already in France and the UAE (LTE version), as well as Switzerland and the UK (5G version).
Some Apple M1 Macs are affected by a Fast User Switching bug
The owners of various Macs that use the Apple M1 processor are reporting a bug that involves a rather random activation of the screensaver that also locks out the user. The problem seems to occur on Big Sur macOS 11.x and it looks like disabling Fast User Switching prevents it from happening again.
Android 11 on the Xiaomi Mi A1 via POSP: Not perfect, but good enough
Although it seems like a long shot, Android 11 works fine on the Xiaomi Mi A1. The POSP ROM might not be perfect but looks very good and seems stable enough for daily use. The version that I installed on my handset comes with the January 5 security patch, and it also seems to support Qualcomm aptX.
The popular Creative Sound Blaster Z PCIe sound card gets a "Special Edition" facelift
The latest addition to the Sound Blaster Z lineup comes with updated features, new gaming profiles, microphone and headphone EQ presets. The Sound Blaster Z SE has the same audio specs as the regular edition, such as up to 116 dB SnR and 24-bit/192 kHz sound. However, now there is virtual 7.1 support for headphones and 5.1 discrete audio on speakers.
ZOTAC intros two NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060-based video cards
Although they have different colors and frequencies (minor factory overclocks, of course), the two new ZOTAC video cards that use the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 as foundation stay within the 170 W TDP value of the reference design. Thankfully, since these are (almost) low-end parts, finding them should not be a problem.
Asus unveils the ZenBeam Latte projector
With a design that had already managed to receive multiple awards, the Asus ZenBeam Latte projector is the first of its kind to offer a fabric exterior that enhances the audio experience and provides a familiar look. It also sports up to three hours of autonomy on a single charge and features a 10 W Harman Kardon speaker.
Asus intros the Chromebook Flip CM5 (CM5500) with AMD Ryzen 5 3500C inside
The new Asus Chromebook Flip CM5 brings together a daring minimalist design and the AMD Ryzen platform (up to Ryzen 5 3500C) to deliver an excellent 15.6-inch tool for creativity. The list of specs and features includes Wi-Fi 6, up to 10 hours of battery life, as well as support for both GeForce NOW and Stadia.
Asus reveals the Zen AiO 24 (M5401)
A new all-in-one from Asus is (almost) ready to hit the market, and what we will get is probably a new hardware setup for one of the existing designs. The Zen AiO 24 (M5401) uses various AMD Ryzen 5 processors and features up to a 93% screen-to-body ratio, Harman Kardon-certified speakers, a built-in HD camera with privacy shutter, and more.
Asus unleashes the ExpertBook B14/B15 (B1400/B1500)
Both powered by 11th gen Intel Core processors with Irix Xe graphics, the Asus ExpertBook B1400 and B1500 feature up to 48 GB of memory, optional NVIDIA dedicated graphics, dual storage combinations that can provide up to 1 TB SSD + 2 TB HDD of space, as well as multiple connectivity options, and much more.
HP unveils the 280 silent wireless mouse
The new HP 280 mouse comes with a battery life of up to 18 months, 90% less noise on the left and right buttons, as well as a reliable connection via the included 2.4 GHz wireless dongle. Only available in black, this accessory is designed to work with both Windows 7 or later and Mac OS 10.1 or higher.
Upcoming low-cost iPad will have a design based on the third-generation iPad Air
If the anonymous sources from China prove to be right, the next-gen low-cost iPad will launch later this year with a design closely based on the third-generation iPad Air that was introduced back in 2019. The highlights will include the same 10.2-inch screen size, but lower weight and a thinner chassis.
HTC Desire 21 Pro 5G leaks online
Although HTC is no longer a key player in the smartphone market, they are still afloat. The next handset to come from this legendary brand is the HTC Desire 21 Pro 5G, which was recently spotted with three cameras on the back, dual-SIM capability, as well as Android 10-based firmware. There is no launch date or price to talk about yet, sadly.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro gets Android 9-based MIUI 12 update
The 732 MB package that has just begun to reach the Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro worldwide comes with all the features of MIUI 12, the usual optimizations, and bug fixes. Unfortunately, the update for this handset that was introduced back in September 2018 is only based on Android 9 Pie.
Cyberpunk 2077 is taking a dive on Steam
After a great debut that has managed to bring in over 1 million concurrent users, Cyberpunk 2077 has already dropped to less than quarter of that. This happened with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt as well, but after three months. Unfortunately, Cyberpunk 2077 took the dive in less than a month after release.
Asus intros the 27-inch ProArt Display PA278CV monitor
With 100% coverage of both sRGB and Rec 709 color gamuts, the new Asus ProArt Display PA278CV professional monitor features a 27-inch IPS panel with 2,560 x 1,440 pixels, a rich set of connectivity options, Adaptive-Sync (48~75 Hz), as well as an ergonomic design with adjustable tilt, swivel, pivot, and height.
Dell intros U2422H and U2422HE 24-inch UltraSharp monitors
The new 23.8-inch UltraSharp monitors from Dell feature IPS panels with a wide 178-degree viewing angle, wide color coverage (100% sRGB and 85% DCI-P3), multitasking features, as well as a productivity hub (U2422HE only) with RJ45, USB-C, and more. As usual, availability and pricing depend on the market and retailer.
Dell unveils the U3821DW 38-inch curved UltraSharp monitor
With a generous screen size of 37.5 inches, the new Dell U3821DW curved UltraSharp monitor features 95% DCI-P3, 100% sRGB and 100% Rec 709 color accuracy, dual 9 W speakers, multiple multitasking facilities such as KWM, PIP, PBP, and Easy Arrange, as well as multiple ports grouped in a hub that includes RJ45, USB-C, and more.
Dell announces U2722D and U2722DE 27-inch UltraSharp monitors
The new 27-inch monitors from Dell feature IPS panels with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels and a color depth of 1.07 billion colors. The U2722D and U2722DE models are almost identical, but the latter also features a hub with RJ45 and USB-C connectivity that can deliver up to 90 W of power.
Dell intros the C2422HE, C2722DE, and C3422WE video conferencing monitors
Dell's new 24-inch C2422HE, 27-inch C2722DE, and 34-inch C3422WE monitors are the world's first ones to be certified for Microsoft Teams. Their list of features includes a pop-up 5 MP IR camera, dual 5 W integrated speakers, a noise-canceling microphone, as well as Dell's ComfortView Plus blue light reduction hardware solution.
Dell reveals the C5522QT and C6522QT 4K interactive touch monitors
The new 55-inch and 65-inch 4K interactive touch monitors from Dell, labeled C5522QT and C6522QT, feature built-in 20 W speakers, dual-tip stylus, 20-point touch support, anti-glare and anti-smudge coatings, ComfortView for reduced blue light emissions, 90 W USB-C power delivery, and more.
Dell Optimizer is an AI-driven personalized user experience enhancement solution
With a release date that still has to be disclosed, the Dell Optimizer software solution promises to deliver a wide range of improvements and optimizations. Dell describes this piece of code as a built-in AI solution that "learns and adapts to the way you work" and is the first of its kind.
Bitcoin hits US$30,000 milestone
With a daily low of less than US$29,000 and a maximum price of no less than US$31,388.38, today is a very exciting day for Bitcoin investors. The value of this cryptocurrency is now 25% higher than a week ago, and the monthly growth is an impressive 63.95%. Considering these, the "US$100,000 in 2021" predictions no longer seem outrageous.
The Galaxy Note 10 gets the Android 11-based Samsung One UI 3.0 update
Shortly after it began to hit Galaxy S20, Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy Z Flip 5G devices, the One UI 3.0 firmware is finally reaching the Galaxy Note 10. This treat has begun rolling out to Note 10 users in Switzerland and Spain yesterday, so if it is not available in your area yet, be sure to wait patiently.
Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro camera faces serious problems and looks like a hardware issue
Although in many scenarios the main camera of the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro delivers at least good results, disaster often strikes when facing various light sources such as the sun and the moon, but not limited to them. In these cases, the results include reflections and artifacts that simply ruin the photos or videos.
Poco M3 hands-on: One day with the most affordable Poco so far
Although a full-on review will soon go live, as I purchased the Poco M3 as a gift for my parents (they'll decide who gets to keep it), I couldn't resist the urge to take it for a one-day ride. Although not perfect, when we also take the price into account, we can conclude that this handset is a masterpiece.
Virtual Reality update hits Microsoft Flight Simulator
The latest free update for this year's Microsoft Flight Simulator brings a whole new level of realism and authenticity to the game by adding full support for virtual reality headsets. The list of supported devices includes those made by Oculus, Valve, and HTC, as well as the HP Reverb G2 and most other Windows Mixed Reality headsets.
Apple secures 80 percent of TSMC's 5 nm production capacity for the coming year
Apple's top supplier of chips for multiple purposes, TSMC, will reserve no less than 80 percent of its 5 nm production capacity to the tech giant headquartered in Cupertino. In addition to the existing chips, TSMC is also going to make the upcoming A15 Bionic that will power the upcoming iPhone 13 series.
Tesla, watch out: The Apple Car, less than a year away
Although older rumors placed its launch around 2023, unnamed executives from Taiwan claim that their companies are getting ready to ramp up the production of various components for the upcoming electric vehicle by Apple. It also seems that the Cupertino-based giant is already testing the cars in California.
Two Zen 3 CPUs — Ryzen 9 5900 and 7 5800 — with 65 W TDP headed for OEMs
Not confirmed by AMD yet, the Ryzen 9 5900 and Ryzen 7 5800 processors are apparently headed for OEMs with 12 and 8 cores and twice as many threads, as well as 6/64 MB and 4/32 MB of L2/L3 cache. Both will feature a TDP value of just 65 W, but their names and clock speeds are not final yet.
Intel Core i9-11900 matches the Intel Core i9-10900K in single-threaded tests according to leaked benchmarks
With a base clock of just 1.8 GHz and a single-core boost speed of 4.4 GHz, the upcoming Intel Core i9-11900 processor with a TDP of 65 W can deliver the same level of single-threaded performance as the 5.3 GHz Intel Core i9-10900K. Tested on the Z490 platform, this chip should be unveiled in early 2021.
War Thunder 2.3 "Hot Tracks" update now live with Italian helicopters, various new tanks, ships, and planes, as well as graphical improvements
War Thunder 2.3 "Hot Tracks" comes with multiple graphics enhancements, 3 Italian helicopters, 9 ground vehicles, 7 new ships, over a dozen new aircraft, as well as the usual minor tweaks, optimizations, and bug fixes. The new vehicle tracks and effects are not available yet and should become available after "some time," according to Gaijin.
Microsoft Flight Simulator hits 2 million users
Released back in mid-August on Windows and expected to hit Xbox consoles next year, this year's Microsoft Flight Simulator was highly praised by both the press and the public for its graphical accuracy. Although it also has some issues, this title is the fastest-growing in the series so far, with more than 2 million players already.
Bitcoin breaks the US$20,000 barrier for the first time in history
Today was a very interesting day for Bitcoin, which jumped from an early minimum of US$19,321.08 (reached at 2:30 AM) to the day's — and all-time — highest value of US$20,735.61. With two weeks left until the end of the year, remains to see how high the world's most popular cryptocurrency can go.
The Cayo Perico Heist, GTA Online's biggest update ever, now available
Described as "the largest and most ambitious Grand Theft Auto Online adventure to date," The Cayo Perico Heist is also the first of its kind that can be played without any companions from start to finish, although the player can also choose to team up with one or two companions.
Intel Z590, B560, H510 motherboards rumored to launch January 11, new Rocket Lake desktop processors to follow later
Although still not confirmed by Intel, it looks like the company's partners are ready to introduce the 500-series motherboards on the 11th of January 2021. A month or two after the introduction of these boards, Intel is expected to launch compatible Rocket Lake desktop processors as well.
Intel Core i7-1160G7-powered OneGX1 Pro now available starting at US$1,360
Previously uncovered as the OneGX Pro, the Intel Core i7-1160G7-driven sibling of the Intel Core i5-10210Y-powered OneGX1 handheld gaming PC is now available for purchase as the OneGX1 Pro. Sadly, this 7-inch gaming machine does not come cheap as the starting price tag reads almost US$1,400.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G-powered Lenovo Tab P11 Pro tablet hits the market for US$499.99 and up
Announced back in August, the 11.5-inch Lenovo Tab P11 Pro is now finally available for purchase. Priced at US$499.99 and up, this slate features an OLED with 2,560 x 1,600 pixels and Dolby Vision, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G processor, and 4 GB/128 GB and up of memory/storage.
Cyberpunk 2077 1.04 hotfix irons out various quest bugs, fixes Braindance flashing effects, and more
The hotfix labeled 1.04 that has been around for two days already on all platforms fixes multiple quest bugs, improves stability, takes out a few crashes, but also includes changes to the flashing effect in Braindance sequences that eliminate the chance for these episodes to induce epileptic seizures.
Dragon Age 4 gets a new trailer that marks the return of Solas
Elven apostate hedge mage Solas returns in the new Dragon Age 4 trailer, which has been unveiled two years since the last teaser. Unfortunately, the video does not contain any details regarding the release date of this title that was supposed to launch last year, but reveals that the hero will not be a "chosen one" as before.
BioWare teases upcoming Mass Effect game
A short teaser is enough to bring back a lot of pleasant memories to fans of the Mass Effect franchise and, despite BioWare's recent troubles, the company is now on the path to a new chapter of the game's universe. Sadly, the game is still "in the early stages," and there is no launch date to talk about yet.
Cyberpunk 2077 has been cracked already
Although we are talking about a DRM-free title, Cyberpunk 2077 is already available for download from various shady sources in repacked versions. Even more, a GOG version of the game (which has roughly 110 GB, about twice the size of the compressed versions) has leaked online as well.
NVIDIA's GeForce Game Ready Driver 460.79 comes with support for DLSS in Cyberpunk 2077 and Minecraft RTX for Windows 10
Unsurprisingly, the release of what is most likely the most anticipated game ever — we are talking about Cyberpunk 2077, of course — comes with a new GeForce Game Ready Driver from NVIDIA. In addition to DLSS support for Cyberpunk 2077 and Minecraft RTX, there is also support for multiple new G-SYNC displays, and more.
2 TB Samsung 980 PRO SSD surfaces online, but be ready to cough up almost US$600
With a price that translates to almost US$600 (US$577 at today's exchange rate, to be accurate), the 2 TB Samsung 980 PRO SSD is a brand-new item that has no performance data listed yet. However, the values should be close to those of the 1 TB variant - up to 7,000 MBps read and 5,000 MBps write.
New Dragon Age 4 details coming tomorrow
Although it was announced two years ago and should have arrived in 2019, Dragon Age 4 is nowhere to be found yet. However, it seems that we will get "a special look" at this long-awaited title during this year's The Game Awards show, which has been scheduled to take place as a virtual event tomorrow due to the ongoing pandemic.
Cyberpunk 2077 sequence could trigger seizures in those vulnerable to epileptic episodes
While reviewing Cyberpunk 2077, a Game Informer editor faced a major seizure and felt close to another one a few times. The list of triggers includes Braindance sequences, a part of the game that happens to be similar to the experience provided by a device used in real life by neurologists to trigger seizures.
Vivaldi 3.5 comes with improved tabs and media playback, URL sharing via QR code
Based on Chromium 87, Vivaldi 3.5 features the ability to share URLs with QR codes via a small button in the address field, media fixes that enhance video/audio content consumption, more ways to manage tabs, single key shortcuts improvements, a new accept-language setting, and much more.
Cyberpunk 2077, now ready for preload
The game can be already preloaded by those who purchased it, but when trying to load Cyberpunk 2077 via GOG GALAXY, those in a rush to enjoy this title end up facing an Easter egg in the shape of a message from Johnny Silverhand that says "Go back to sleep, Samurai! It's not December 10th yet." and nothing more.
Not on iOS 14.2 yet? Might want to wait for the next update, because this one causes severe battery drain
In addition to the shortened battery life, the bug that seems to be affecting various handsets on iOS 14.2 also leads to longer charge times than usual. According to some users, their handsets (older ones in most cases, but also iPhone 12 models) lose over 50 percent in under 30 minutes. The 2018 iPad Pro also seems to be affected.
OPPO might launch a phone with detachable camera module
The latest patent that surfaced online suggests that OPPO aims to take the modular phone concept one step further in the camera department. Thanks to this design, the user could even place the camera module a few feet away and use the handset as a remote, apart from being able to use the module for selfies and usual photos.
Lenovo is clearing its Yoga stock: Around seven hours left to get the X1 and X390 for their lowest prices ever
Lenovo had quite a few clearance sales in the past, but the one that is supposed to end in less than seven hours looks like the best one of the year: two ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 4 models and a ThinkPad X390 Yoga, all with price cuts of over 60 percent. All come with Windows 10 Pro 64-bit and 512 GB PCIe SSD storage.
Lenovo ThinkCentre M75n Nano IoT mini PC, priced over US$500 at launch, now starts at US$179
Launched earlier this year with a starting price tag of US$539, the AMD Athlon Silver 3050e-powered Lenovo ThinkCentre M75n Nano IoT ultra-slim desktop PC was designed to fit on the back of ThinkVision T/P series monitors and its price exceeded US$500. Fortunately, those interested can get it now for just US$179.
2.4-inch GMK NucBox mini PC is finally available
Advertised as the world's most powerful palm-sized 4K mini PC, the GMK NucBox surfaced in multiple reviews a few months ago and was supposed to become available for purchase in late October. Now, this minuscule mini PC is finally up for purchase starting at US$219 (Intel Celeron J4125, 8 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD).
Apple launches iPhone 11 repair program: Free repairs for display issues
A small percentage of iPhone 11 displays may stop responding to touch input, and the cause of this problem has been discovered to be the display module. Thankfully, Apple is providing repairs free of charge as part of the recently introduced "iPhone 11 Display Module Replacement Program for Touch Issues."
A new Mac might arrive next Tuesday
After three events over the past three months, Apple apparently has one more launch event in store for the last month of the year. However, all that is rumored concerns AppleCare-related changes planned to take place on Tuesday. These changes involve new product SKUs, product descriptions, as well as product pricing.
Android 11-based Samsung One UI 3.0 is finally available
With "an exciting new design, enhanced everyday features and deep customization" in tow, the official launch of One UI 3 comes to Galaxy S20 series devices starting in Korea, the US, and most European markets. More regions and devices will follow in the coming weeks, while the Galaxy A handsets are scheduled to get it in the first half of 2021.
Sharkoon unveils the Light² S lightweight optical gaming mouse
The new Sharkoon lightweight gaming mouse joins the existing Light² products by adding the "S" to the 100 and 200 which have been around for a while. Its highlights include a honeycomb structure that allows it to weigh just 78 grams, a 6,200 DPI optical sensor, eight customizable buttons, as well as an ambidextrous design.
Asus unveils multiple GeForce RTX 3060 Ti graphics cards
The five new NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti-based video cards by Asus cover all areas of desktop gaming, from the "hold nothing back" design of the ROG Strix GeForce RTX 3060 Ti all the way down to the Dual GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Mini, a card that has been customized to be used in SFF enthusiast systems.
AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT OpenCL benchmarks: 13% faster than the RX 6800 XT and 35% faster than the RX 6800
Although apparently slower than both the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 and RTX 3080 by 19% and 4%, the upcoming AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT (apparently a reference design board was used in the tests) is around 13% faster than the RX 6800 XT and no less than 35% faster than the RX 6800. However, it seems like the retail version will be faster.
Cyberpunk 2077: Photo Mode shown in a new official trailer
The trailer that has been released earlier today and has been watched by over 280,000 people already shows the entire plethora of features available for Cyberpunk 2077 players who will be using the Photo Mode. The categories of settings available are: camera, depth of field, pose, effects, and stickers.
Cyberpunk 2077 multiplayer confirmed to arrive as a standalone product
When talking about what we considered to be the multiplayer mode in Cyberpunk 2077, CD Projekt CEO revealed during an investor call that it is "a separate dedicated production" that is considered to be "a standalone product" although its price/free availability for those who buy the game remains uncertain.
Sharkoon intros the TG5 RGB Silent PCGH Edition ATX case
Sharkoon's latest case, namely the TG5 RGB Silent PCGH Edition, comes with damping mats on the top and side panel, as well as special fans designed to keep things as quiet as possible by running at only 800 RPM. The manufacturer's suggested price for this ATX case is 89.90 Euros (roughly US$108).
Cyberpunk 2077: What do we know about it?
Although there have been plenty of Cyberpunk 2077-related separate leaks/rumors and official news so far, the time has come for a roundup of what we know about this title's release, its download size, settings, the possible endings, and so on. Fortunately, the release date remains December 10.
Samsung Galaxy A52 5G renders surface online
While most of the technical specs are still rumor mill material, the renders of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy A52 5G reveal a few key design elements, starting with an Infinity-U display and a side-mounted fingerprint reader, all the way down to the 3.5 mm audio and USB-C ports located at the bottom.
Foxconn (partially) bailing out of China, heading for Vietnam
Although Trump's reign is over, Apple has requested Foxconn to move at least some of its iPad and MacBook production facilities to Vietnam. This move comes as a part of Apple's efforts to diversify production, thus minimizing the potential impact of a new trade war between China and the US.
XFX unveils the Speedster MERC319 AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT BLACK
The XFX Speedster MERC319 AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT BLACK features a dual-BIOS design with overclocked speeds of up to 1925 MHz (base clock), 2110 MHz (game clock), and 2360 MHz (boost speed), all alongside 16 Gbps GDDR6 memory. Sadly, this new graphics card is not in stock yet, but it should become available soon.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 gets improved GPS tracking thanks to the latest software update
Most features that come with the new software update that is rolling out to Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 smartwatches in the US were introduced in South Korea last month. The list of changes is long enough and includes solid improvements such as enhanced GPS tracking, voice guidance in a few scenarios, as well as various tweaks and fixes.
Microsoft Flight Simulator gets World Update II: USA free update
Almost two months after the release of World Update I: Japan, Microsoft Flight Simulator gets a new free update, namely World Update II: USA. This update features an improved elevation model, new aerial textures, four new US airports (Atlanta, Dallas/Fort Worth, Friday Harbor, New York Stewart), new activities, and more.
UGREEN HiTune T1: Four mics, Superbass mode, sub-US$40 price
The new UGREEN HiTune product, namely the T1 TWS, comes with a total of four mics (two dedicated for noise canceling), low-latency McSync technology, Superbass mode for improved performance in the lower range of the audio spectrum, as well as a playback time of five hours, all for a regular price of US$35.99.
Sharkoon unveils two more RGB compact ATX cases, namely the SK3 and TK4
The two new compact cases from Sharkoon come with stylish looks, optimal airflow, and plenty of space to accommodate tall CPU coolers and long video cards, as well as additional coolers. For both the SK3 and TK4, the manufacturer's suggested prices do not exceed the 50 Euros (roughly US$59) barrier.
US$25,000 by the end of the year? Bitcoin has reached US$19,000 already
Bitcoin continues its fast road uphill with a new peak reached in a day that started with a low value of around US$18,000. However, everything went smoothly and in just a few hours the well-known cryptocurrency had managed to hit a new milestone by climbing all the way up to a value of US$19,287.54.
Cyberpunk 2077: Over 200 hours of gameplay needed to reach the end
Playing as a nomad, a game tester managed to play Cyberpunk 2077 for over 175 hours without reaching the end credits. However, he did this on the hardest difficulty setting by playing more stealthy than usual while looting everything and using every single feature this upcoming game has to offer.
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands now available with ray-traced shadows, ambient occlusion, and multi-threaded performance improvements
Although it missed the October 27 global launch date, World of Warcraft: Shadowlands arrived less than a day ago, as rescheduled. This major update for Blizzard's iconic product includes new items and adventures, as well as technological advancements such as DirectX ray-traced shadows, ambient occlusion, and improved multi-threaded performance.
Chrome for Windows 7 refuses to die: Security updates coming until at least mid-January 2022
With over 20 percent of corporate users still stuck with Windows 7, Google has decided to extend support for Chrome on this old operating system until "at least" January 15, 2022. This comes as a 6-month extension of the previously announced date of July 15, 2021, and further changes are still possible.
iFixit tears down the iPhone 12 Pro Max to reveal a 47% larger image sensor than the one used for the iPhone 12
Although the 6.7-inch display provides enough space for a generous battery, the L-shaped power pack inside the iPhone 12 Pro Max is slightly smaller than the one that Apple used in last year's iPhone 11 Pro Max. However, this year's flagship integrates a massive camera assembly with three sensors and one LiDAR unit.
Team Group unveils the T-FORCE ZEUS DDR4 kits for desktops and laptops
The new T-FORCE ZEUS DDR4 memory kits by Team Group target both desktops and laptops, featuring multiple frequency options, up to 64 GB (2 x 32 GB) capacity choices, and high-quality IC with stable performance under heavy workloads. All kits will come with a lifetime warranty, but there is no pricing information available yet.
Cyberpunk 2077: No ray tracing for AMD video cards at launch
According to the final system requirements for the PC version of the game, Cyberpunk 2077 will only launch with ray tracing support for NVIDIA GeForce RTX video cards. Although the AMD Radeon RX 6000 lineup also comes with this capability, it looks like Cyberpunk 2077 will add support for it in a future update.
Doom Eternal headed for Nintendo Switch as an exclusive digital release, no launch date yet
Although the absence of a physical release resulted in many canceled pre-orders for GameStop customers, Nintendo Switch users will be able to get Doom Eternal as a digital-exclusive release. Sadly, there is only the official confirmation of this launch, but no accurate date to talk about yet.
EVGA GeForce RTX 3090 KINGPIN Hybrid & KINGPIN Hydro Copper Series now official, US$2,000 worth of awesomeness
Priced at US$1,999.99, EVGA's flagship product GeForce RTX 3090 KINGPIN Hybrid targets extreme overclockers and it should be accompanied by the Hydro Copper variant as well, which doesn't have a price yet. The list of features includes a triple-BIOS design with pre-configured OC and LN2 profiles, PROBEIT support, and much more.
PowerColor Radeon RX 6800 XT Red Devil unveiled, to hit the market before the end of the month
Just as expected, the Red Devil video card takes it way above and beyond the reference Radeon RX 6800 XT design. PowerColor's custom card features a triple-fan design, dual-BIOS, a 14+2 phase VRM with DrMOS, high polymer capacitors, and two 8-pin PCI-E connectors. It should hit the market in a week or two.
Sony Xperia 1 II gets the November 2020 Android security patch
Without an official changelog to go with it, the Sony Xperia 1 II has just received a new software update. The 108.6 MB patch is available via OTA and contains the November 2020 Android security patch from Google, most likely combined with a few Sony-exclusive tweaks and fixes.
Bitcoin hits a new peak above US$18,000
Less than two weeks since it managed to hit the US$15,000 threshold, the world's most popular cryptocurrency recorded a 24-hour jump of almost 9 percent and reached the highest value of the year so far — US$18,453.87. Now, can it blow up the US$20,000 barrier before the end of the year or not?
Xiaomi Mi 10 gets Android 11-based MIUI 220.127.116.11 update
A week ago, Xiaomi rolled out the MIUI 18.104.22.168.RJBCNXM update for the Mi 10 flagship, but pulled it back shortly after, most likely due to bugs. Now, the Android 11-based firmware is finally back on track and this time everything seems all right. The update sports camera VLOG and AI watermark, as well as the usual Android 11 changes.
Microsoft intros the Pluton security chip
Unveiled yesterday, the Microsoft Pluton security processor is the result of a joint effort that has managed to bring together the Redmond giant and three major silicon partners, namely AMD, Intel, and Qualcomm. This chip-to-cloud technology will soon bring more security advancements to Windows PCs.
Cyberpunk 2077 to hit PlayStation 4 in the shape of two discs, Remote Play in tow
As more and more Cyberpunk 2077 product images show up, it becomes certain that the release date of December 10 will not be pushed forward once again. However, a set of recent shots also revealed that the PlayStation 4 version of the game will come on two discs. Remote Play is also in the features list.
War Thunder 2.1 "New Power" comes with an updated graphical engine, new tanks, iconic aircraft, and more
In addition to the updated Dagor Engine, which has reached version 6.0, War Thunder 2.1 "New Power" comes with the first battleships, vertical take-off aircraft, AI-controlled aircraft carriers, and more. The game is ready to run on 4K and 60 fps with improved graphics on the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5.
Sharkoon launches the affordable RGB Slider compact ATX case
Priced below the US$50 threshold, the Sharkoon RGB Slider is a compact ATX case with a tempered glass side panel and a front panel that features an RGB LED strip with a built-in RGB controller with 14 presets, as well as support for Asus Aura Sync, MSI Mystic Light Sync, Gigabyte Fusion, and ASRock Polychrome SYNC.
M1 MacBook Air's SSD is twice as fast as that of the latest Intel-based model
A recent storage benchmark result that was published on the MacRumors Forums website by a new owner of the M1 MacBook Air reveals impressive results: almost 2,200 MB/s write and over 2,600 MB/s read speed. These results come alongside a set of excellent Geekbench 5 scores of 1,745 and 7,665 points (single-core and multi-core).
AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT & RX 6800 launch stock expected to be almost as bad as RTX 3080
A few days ahead of the official launch, several retailers in Australia stated that the stock for both the Radeon RX 6800 and Radeon RX 6800 XT is "pretty terrible" but at least it is also expected for the launch availability of these cards to differ depending on the region. Sadly, the overall situation does not look great.
Trouble in paradise: Apple iPhone 12 mini plagued by touch response issues
Although Apple's other new iPhone models have no such issues, some iPhone 12 mini owners have been complaining of lock screen sensitivity problems that appeared the first time they powered on their handsets. The problem has been reported on both Reddit and the MacRumors forums and Apple still has to come up with an answer.
Sapphire Radeon RX 6800 & RX 6800 XT Nitro+ now up for pre-order
Three video cards that were unveiled by Sapphire Tech last week are now up for pre-order on Multitronic's website. The Finnish retailer has the Radeon RX 6800 listed for roughly US$870, while the two RX 6800 XT variants have price tags of US$990 and US$1,020. Sadly, there is no delivery date available yet.
New Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra leak mentions a 10x optical zoom lens
Although previous rumors revealed the existence of two telephoto cameras, the latest Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra leak also uncovers their technical details. According to the popular leakster Ice universe, this optical zoom duo consists of two 10 MP cameras with a pixel size of 1.22 microns, of which one sports 3x zoom, and the other has a 10x magnification factor.
Cyberpunk 2077 partial achievements list leaks online
Although no main storyline achievements were included in this recent leak, those that surfaced online via the GOG Galaxy app provide quite a few hints about the kind of side quests that will be included in Projekt RED's upcoming title. By the looks of it, Cyberpunk 2077 will have a total of 45 achievements.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070, beware: New AMD Radeon RX 6800 benchmarks leak online
Shortly after the RX 6800 XT surfaced in some leaked benchmarks, the upcoming AMD Radeon RX 6800 does the same. According to a Basemark listing (that seems to have been removed in the meantime), the RX 6800 will feature no less than 16 GB of memory and will be much faster than the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070.
Sharkoon SKILLER SGS40 gaming chair now available for 299 Euros (~US$353)
Available in black or black-gray, the Sharkoon SKILLER SGS40 gaming chair comes with two cover choices: synthetic leather and fabric. All models have a load capacity of 150 kilograms (330 pounds) and can be already acquired from various online and offline stores for a manufacturer's suggested price of 299 Euros (roughly US$353).
November 2020 security patch hits the Samsung Galaxy Note 10, Galaxy Note 10+, and the Galaxy Note 10+ 5G on Verizon
A few days after the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 lineup in the wild has started to receive this month's security patch, the Verizon units have begun to receive the new firmware as well. The November 2020 patch fixes five critical vulnerabilities alongside 29 high-level ones and no less than 31 moderate threats.
Teclast P20HD hands-on: Not perfect, but certainly a great Android 10 tablet for its price
Near-stock Android 10, 4 GB of memory, a great look and feel thanks to a premium metallic build, a surprisingly good IPS display, but combined with below-average sound, a slow processor and storage. "How good is the Teclast P20HD considering all the above?" — This is the question we will try to answer today.
Samsung's best-seller in the third quarter was the Galaxy A21s
After beating Apple in the US in terms of smartphone sales after many years, Samsung also managed to grab the leading place in India. Now, we find out in a new report that five devices out of the top ten best-selling smartphones worldwide are made by Samsung. In the third quarter, Samsung shipped over 10 million Galaxy A21s handsets.
OPPO ColorOS 11 gets a handy feature, namely Battery Guard
One of the most useful features added by OPPO to the ColorOS 11 firmware protects the handset's battery by pausing the night charging process at 80 percent and restarting in time for the user to wake up with a fully charged smartphone. Sony introduced the same feature as Qnovo Battery Care back in 2016.
Palit intros dual-fan, dual-BIOS NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 JetStream
The new JetStream video card by Palit is based on the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 and features customizable ARGB lighting, two 120 mm fans, a Triple-A Die casting Plate kit, as well as a dual-BIOS design that allows users to choose the silent or performance mode. The price will exceed US$500 but it is still unknown at this stage.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 rumor: 90 W TGP Ampere GA107 GPU with 2,304 cores
Expected by many gamers to perform as good as the RTX 2060 with less power required — and less heat generated, of course — the upcoming NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 is now rumored to use the GA107-300 graphics chip with 2,304 cores and a TGP value of just 90 Watt. Sadly, it is only expected to arrive in January 2021 and NVIDIA has not confirmed it yet.
Sony: PlayStation 5 might get 1440p support after all
Although it's not available yet and Sony had previously stated that the PlayStation 5 will not come with support for it, now the tide has changed. The Japanese tech giant has just confirmed that, if there's enough demand, the PlayStation 5 will get support for native 1440p gaming via a future software update.
OPPO Reno 5 details leak online, still no word on pricing
Expected to feature the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor as the Reno 4, the upcoming OPPO Reno 5 will sport a 6.43-inch Full HD+ OLED screen with 60 Hz refresh, a 32 MP front camera, a 64 MP main camera (quad sensors), and a 4,300 mAh battery with 65 W fast charging capabilities. The price and release date are not even in the rumor mill yet.
The first Call of Duty: Black Ops game looks great in 4K with ray tracing effects
The decade-old Call of Duty: Black Ops has just got modded to run in 4K with ray tracing effects and the result is quite impressive. To record the video posted on YouTube, the game was running on a rig consisting of the following: Intel Core i7-9700K, 32 GB of memory, and a single NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super video card.
Sharkoon launches the RUSH ER30 USB gaming headset
With a suggested price of just 30 Euros, the new Sharkoon RUSH ER30 USB gaming headset comes with a rich and attractive set of features and technical specs that includes RGB illumination, 50 mm drivers, a generous cable with gold-plated connectors that measures no less than 2,2 meters, as well as two sets of ear pads.
Creative SXFI GAMER hands-on: Outstanding microphone, SXFI THEATER — wired — experience overall
Although it sports roughly the same design as the Creative SXFI THEATER, the SXFI GAMER drops the wireless sound and comes with an excellent microphone, improved RGB lighting, as well as both USB-C and analog connectivity.
Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 loading times compared: Final Fantasy XV, Destiny 2, and more
When booting up some games that were a pain to load on the existing consoles, the next-gen Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 make the painfully long load times only a memory. However, next-gen patches for the titles used in this comparison should make the whole process even faster for both gamers on both consoles.
New Mass Effect in development, Legendary Edition confirmed for 2021
A new title to join the Mass Effect universe is now in the making, and BioWare has also just confirmed that Mass Effect Legendary Edition is on its way for a Spring 2021 launch. The game promised to include all content from the first three games in the series, but everything is remastered and optimized for 4k Ultra HD.
64-core AMD Zen 3-based EPYC 7713 Milan server CPU spotted online, obliterates the Intel Xeon Platinum
With the Ryzen 5000 desktop CPUs already dominating the consumer market in terms of both raw performance and value, AMD is now working on the next-gen EPYC Milan lineup that will target the server market. An early sample of the 64-core EPYC 7713 processor has recently surfaced online with twice the performance of the Intel Xeon Platinum.
Bitcoin jumps above US$15,000 to hit the highest value of the year
After struggling around the US$10,000 line for most of the year and with the lowest point of 2020 at US$4,887.52, Bitcoin is now above US$15,000. Earlier today, the world's most popular cryptocurrency has reached the highest value of the year — US$15,561.39 — but it would not be surprising to see it hit US$16,000 in the coming days.
G.Skill reveals Trident Z Neo DDR4 kits — up to 4000 MHz and 64 GB — for AMD Ryzen 5000 desktop CPUs
Fully compatible with the brand-new AMD Ryzen 5000 desktop processors, G.SKILL's Trident Z Neo DDR4 memory kits feature low-latency CL14 timings, up to 4000 MHz frequencies, and come in capacities that go all the way up to 64 GB. Sales will kick off before the end of the month.
New AMD Ryzen 5000 Zen 3 desktop CPU lineup benchmarks spotted online, Intel should worry
The tests that included three Ryzen 5000 Zen 3 processors in a fight against the Intel Core i9-10900K, both parties using 16 GB of memory and the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 graphics card revealed what we already knew: Intel needs to worry and — more important — hurry up with the release of its next-gen processors.
Foldable Samsung W21 5G to launch later this month — exclusively — in China
After a few luxury handsets available exclusively for the Chinese market, such as the W2018, W2019, and the W20, Samsung is back with the W21 5G. With a 7.6-inch Dynamic AMOLED screen inside and an external 6.23-inch display, the Samsung W21 5G looks like the Galaxy Z Fold2 5G and runs on the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ processor.
Yahoo Mail to drop automatic forwarding option for free users
Down to one of the less important email service providers from the market leader position, Yahoo Mail continues on its downward spiral. Starting January 1, 2021, those who use free Yahoo Mail accounts will lose the automatic forwarding feature, which will only be available for Pro accounts (US$3.49 per month).
Motorola Moto G10 Play renders and specs leak online
According to the latest renders, the Motorola Moto G10 Play will hit the market with a side-mounted fingerprint reader, an old-school 3.5 mm headphone jack located on the top, not to mention the 4,850 mAh battery capacity that was revealed by the TÜV Rheinland certification documents for the handset.
Xiaomi and Oppo to join Vivo in using Exynos chipsets starting next year
Since Vivo is already receiving both Exynos 980 and Exynos 880 chipsets from Samsung, it would not be surprising to see Xiaomi and Oppo joining them in the coming months. However, it seems that these two companies will only get budget chipsets from the tech giant headquartered in South Korea.
Xbox Series X: The Witcher 3 fast travel works instantly
While the next-generation release of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt still needs to get a release date, the existing Xbox One version, when loaded on the Xbox Series X console, runs incredibly fast already. In addition to the excellent graphics performance, this title has nearly instant loading times.
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X destroys the Intel Core i5-10600K in Cinebench
The new AMD Ryzen 5 5600X is almost as fast as the Ryzen 7 3700X and its level of Cinebench performance simply blows the Intel Core i5-10600K out of the water: 42% better in multi-threading and 25% faster in the single-core test. The new AMD processor is also over 20% faster than its predecessor in both multi-threaded and single-threaded tests.
All-white GALAX GeForce RTX 30 HOF series graphics card unveiled with massive triple-fan cooling
With more than a decade since its introduction, the HOF brand by GALAX is now returning in an all-white design with a massive triple-fan cooling solution. Unsurprisingly, these two key-elements were combined to accommodate the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 series. Since this is an early render, the final version of the card must look better.
Diablo Immortal external regional testing to begin soon
After successfully completing the internal testing stage, Diablo Immortal is now ready to being the external regional testing. To make it all even better for Blizzard fans, the company's president and COO, Daniel Alegre, has also confirmed that more mobile games are currently in the works.
New iPhone 13 rumor claims there is no in-display Touch ID sensor
If the latest rumor is true, then at least one iPhone 13 has been completed already. Obviously, the hardware will go through a few changes until the final product will reach the market, but it looks like Apple has decided to drop the in-display Touch ID sensor — at least for now.
VPN by Google One coming to the US
With a starting price of US$9.99 per month, eligible Google One plans in the US will include the VPN service for free. However, this handy feature will be available only in the Google One application for Android. In the coming months, Google's VPN might become available in other markets as well.
Dark Mode finally coming to Facebook on Android... but not yet
The usual dark mode that has been available for a while on the desktop and iOS versions of Facebook is finally ready for a public test, although there is no release date to talk about at this stage. Since Instagram and WhatsApp got this visual theme a long time ago, Facebook for Android will probably go dark for everyone as soon as possible.
Intel Core i7-1160G7-powered OneGX Pro spotted online, price not available yet
The OneGX1 handheld gaming PC that surfaced earlier this year with an Intel Core i5-10210Y processor under the hood will soon get a more powerful sibling that has exactly the same looks. Dubbed OneGX Pro, it features the Intel Core i7-1160G7 processor and is much faster than its predecessor.
Samsung overtakes Amazon to become world's second-largest tablet brand
Shortly after taking down Xiaomi to become India's biggest smartphone brand, Samsung has also managed to leave Amazon behind in the global tablet market. With an impressive year-over-year growth of almost 90 percent, Samsung managed to ship 9.4 million tablets in the third quarter, which accounted for a market share of 20 nearly percent.
Samsung SmartThings Find gets launched globally
Introduced as a new part of the SmartThings app, SmartThings Find is now available for all Samsung users worldwide. This is a new way to locate a range of select Galaxy smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, and earbuds at once thanks to the Bluetooth Low Energy and ultra-wideband technologies.
Creative SXFI TRIO hands-on - Triple-driver USB-C in-ears that get the job done and then some
The Creative SXFI TRIO combines the features previously provided by the SXFI AMP headphone amplifier — Aurvana TRIO in-ear headphones duo. Priced at US$139.99, this product makes Creative's Super X-Fi technology even more affordable for smartphone users and today we will take a closer look at it.
1MORE omthing AirFree TWS hands-on - Excellent fit, quality build, good sound, great value
My quest for good wireless earbuds below the US$50 price point continues with the 1MORE omthing AirFree. Since we are talking about a piece of hardware that can be purchased for as low as US$25, we need to see if the shortcuts used to achieve this price decreased the product's overall value too much.
One UI 3.0 beta update for the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra rolling out in the US
In addition to the Sprint and T-Mobile customers that receive the One UI 3.0 beta update on the Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra — alongside those who use the unlocked versions of these handsets — in the US. The good news is that this update is also rolling out in other markets, such as India and Germany.
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X Zen 3 benchmarks leak, 11% faster than the Intel Core i9-10900K
The CPU-Z benchmark results for the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X Zen 3 are out and everything looks impressive: 11% faster than the Intel Core i9-10900K and 25% faster than the AMD Ryzen 7 3800X in single-core, as well as 10% slower than the Core i9-10900K and 17% faster than the Ryzen 7 3800XT when all cores are being used.
PlayStation 5-exclusive Destruction AllStars launch postponed for early 2021
Initially announced as one of the Sony-published launch titles for the upcoming PlayStation 5 console, the vehicular combat game Destruction AllStars has had its launch date pushed to early 2021. The good part is that the game will come (almost) for free with a PlayStation Plus membership.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War achievements list leaks online and gamers are not quite excited
The now — unofficially, of course — declassified achievement list for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War contains no less than 44 items that cover various milestones that players need to reach in the campaign, multiplayer, and zombie modes. The platinum trophy gets awarded to those who hit 1,000 points.
Gone but not forgotten: The original iPod is now 18 years old
After spending almost two decades on the market, the only portable media player sold by Apple that still carries the iPod name is the 7th generation Touch, which is much closer to an iPhone than to the original iPod. Once accounting for 40% of Apple's total revenue, the iPod is now only a shadow of its former self.
Torchlight III hits the Nintendo Switch as promised
Nintendo Switch gamers can enjoy the third Torchlight game starting today just as promised. The new adventure "filled with hordes of goblins, undead and other dangerous Netherim creatures" is now live and early adopters also get the exclusive Ashen Glittersprite pet.
FiiO M3 Pro hands-on: The little giant that punches above its class
Although smartphones have replaced digital audio and media players for most people nowadays, there is still a market for such specialized devices. FiiO is one of the relevant brands in the field and the M3 Pro is a sub-US$100 digital audio player that has a few tricks up its sleeve, as we are going to see in this hands-on review.
Vivaldi 3.4 now available with Chromium 86, the Vivaldia game, and more
Updated across all platforms — including mobile — Vivaldi 3.4 comes with an arcade game inspired by the Future Noir and Cyberpunk genres. This easy-going title is named Vivaldia and it comes along various features such as the very useful periodic reload, configurable context menus, and much more.
Cyberpunk 2077 apparently has a script that will surpass one million words
On its way to the scheduled November 19 release, Cyberpunk 2077 has a script that will hit — and surpass — the one-million-word barrier. Last week, CD Projekt RED’s localization manager Yuki Nishio posted an image on Twitter that shows the entire script printed out and it looks insane.
Torchlight III goes live on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4
Just as promised, the third installment in the Torchlight series is now available for Windows PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 gamers. The piece of news that makes today's launch even better is the launch date of the Nintendo Switch version, which is no longer a secret: October 22.
Cyberpunk 2077-themed Razer Viper Ultimate wireless gaming mouse now official
Unveiled during today's RazerCon 2020 virtual event, the Razer Viper Ultimate Cyberpunk 2077 Edition is a light wireless gaming mouse with an impressive 20,000 DPI resolution and a battery life of roughly 70 hours. This limited-edition accessory for Cyberpunk 2077 fans will hit the market next month for US$159.99.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 (2020) hits the US market
Priced at US$229.99, the new Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 processor, 3 GB of memory and up to 64 GB of internal storage space, four Dolby Atmos speakers, as well as a generous 7,040 mAh battery. This slate goes on sale today and buyers can get a 50 percent price cut on the Book Cover Case until October 25.
Windows 10 to get setup presets based on various device use scenarios
For those who consider that installing Windows 10 is a pain, Microsoft is preparing a new setup approach. Already present in the Insider Build 20231 of the operating system, the reworked initial device setup offers six scenarios to choose from: Creativity, Gaming, Schoolwork, Entertainment, Business, and Family.
World's first DDR5 DRAM now official, made by SK Hynix
Revealed back in late 2018, the next-gen 1Ynm 16 Gb DDR5 DRAM by SK Hynix is finally ready to hit the market. According to market analysis firm Omdia, DDR5 will account for 10 percent of the market in 2022 and is supposed to hit 43 percent before the end of 2024.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare now needs a ridiculous amount of disk space
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare needed 175 GB of disk space at launch, but after receiving no less than six major updates, this popular title can no longer fit on a 250 GB SSD. While console players are able to uninstall certain modes, PC gamers need to have the whole thing installed.
Schneider Electric unveils the first eSports-certified UPS designed for gaming gear, the APC Back-UPS Pro Gaming
The APC Back-UPS Pro Gaming UPS features sine-wave battery backup and automatic voltage regulation combined with a set of features that enable it to protect gaming systems and accessories from "more than seven different types of power interruptions." Pre-orders will go live soon at Amazon, Newegg, B&H Photo, Best Buy, and Microcenter.
Snapdragon Wear 3100-powered Fossil Gen 5E smartwatch with Wear OS now up for pre-order
Although the Fossil Gen 5 smartwatch has been around for a year, the updated version will not hit the market as the Gen 6. Priced at US$249.99, the Gen 5E is slightly smaller and has less storage space than the Gen 5, but uses the same Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor. If everything goes smoothly, shipments should begin next month.
Apple stops selling any third-party audio products
As the launch date of the upcoming AirPods Studio and HomePod Mini is drawing near, Apple is taking the final steps needed to maximize the success of its next-gen products. In a quiet move, the Cupertino-based giant removed all non-Apple audio gear — including brands like BOSE and Sonos — from its retail and online stores.
Cyberpunk 2077 hits gold, release date remains unchanged
Earlier today, the developers made the big announcement: Cyberpunk 2077 has gone gold and everything is ready for next month's big release. This title is scheduled to arrive on November 19 on Windows PCs, as well as PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles.
It's official: Torchlight III launching on October 13
The Torchlight universe is ready for its third comeback and the game finally has a release date: October 13. Torchlight III will be leaving Early Access and open up to those who are looking to find fame, glory, and new adventures on Steam, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 at 16:00 CEST.
EPOS | Sennheiser GSX 1200 PRO hands-on: Innovative touch controls, no software, excellent sound
Absolutely no software companion and a touch display to control its features. How well can this piece of hardware get the job done and is it worth the price tag of almost US$250? These are the two essential questions that we have to answer in today's hands-on review of the EPOS | Sennheiser GSX 1200 PRO USB DAC/headphone amplifier.
MINISFORUM H31G now available for purchase: World's smallest mini PC with discrete graphics starts at US$545
As promised, the world's smallest mini PC with a discrete graphics solution — the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti with 4 GB GDDR5 — is now available for purchase. With a price tag that reads US$869, the most potent configuration features Intel's Core i7-9700F processor, 16 GB of DDR4 memory, and a 512 GB SSD (with room for adding a 2.5-inch drive).
Intel Optane-equipped MINISFORUM X35G hits Indiegogo and everything looks great
Last week, we heard about its arrival. Now, we have some official test results and technical details that make the upcoming MINISFORUM X35G even more tempting, such as a maximum TDP of 25 W that allows the 15 W Intel Core i3-1005G1 processor to perform up to 60% better than usual, but without overclocking.
Windows XP code now widely available, but still via unofficial channels
Although the latest statistics show its usage below 1 percent worldwide, the now ancient Windows XP is still being used by almost two times as many people as the more recent Windows Vista. However, the fact that the leaked code became widely available this week through Mega, 4Chan, and other sources, should make anyone think twice before going online with it.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti to match the RTX 2080 Ti in performance, expected to arrive next month
Although there is no image of this upcoming video card available yet, the latest rumors confirm that the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti will feature the GA104-200 processor with 4,864 CUDA cores, 8 GB of GDDR6 memory running at 14 Gbps, and a 256-bit bus. The performance should match the existing RTX 2080 Ti and the card is rumored to arrive after the RTX 3070.
Creative Sound BlasterX G6 hands-on: When awesomeness comes in a pocketable package
While there's no SXFI technology involved here, the Creative Sound BlasterX G6 has quite a few highlights that make it a very interesting USB DAC and headphone amplifier for both PCs and consoles. Today, we will try to see who can get the most out of the Sound BlasterX G6 and who should look for something different.
MINISFORUM H31G: Smallest mini desktop with discrete graphics, coming September 29
Next week, the smallest desktop PC with NVIDIA GeForce 1050 Ti graphics will hit the market. The MINISFORUM H31G will launch with the Intel Core i5 9500F (US$659) and Intel Core i7 9700F (US$799) processors inside, both setups also featuring 16 GB of memory, a 256 GB SSD, and the aforementioned video card.
Durability test video: The Microsoft Surface Duo is unexpectedly resilient
Although repairing the dual-display Microsoft Surface Duo can easily turn into a nightmare and it is not an easy task even for experienced people, the good news is that this piece of hardware is quite unlikely to break. According to the JerryRigEverything's torture test, the Surface Duo is surprisingly rugged.
NVIDIA's GeForce Game Ready Driver 456.38 comes with support for the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090, DLSS and ray tracing in Fortnite, and more
The latest Game Ready driver package from NVIDIA arrived yesterday and comes with day-one optimizations for Halo 3: ODST and Mafia: Definitive Edition, ray tracing and DLSS support for Fortnite, NVIDIA Reflex latency optimization in Fortnite and Valorant, support for the new GeForce RTX 3080 and RTX 3090, and more.
The Spirithaven season comes to an end: Armored Warfare 0.33 is finally available
After a few updates that failed to at least touch this area, Armored Warfare 0.33 comes with a major rebalance of the high-tier vehicles (tiers 7 to 10). In addition to these adjustments, the list of improvements also includes improved mobility of both wheeled and tracked vehicles, overhauled ammunition and ERA mechanics, a new Contract Mission, model updates, and more.
Windows 10 version 1903 support coming to an end in December
Although most Windows 10 users should be running at least the version labeled 1909 of Microsoft's operating system, those still stuck with the older version 1903 should be aware that the Redmond giant will stop supporting all its editions — including Enterprise and Education — on December 8.
Vivaldi 3.3 now available with Break Mode, a new default theme for private windows, and more
Vivaldi 3.3.2022.86 arrived earlier today for desktop users and it brings a Break Mode, a new default visual theme for private windows, clickable parts of URLs in the address bar, various improvements to the integrated tracker and ad blocker, base domain highlighting, and more.
UGREEN USB C 2.5" hard drive enclosure - An affordable solution for keeping alive the HDD/SSD of dead laptops
Thanks to the UGREEN USB C 2.5" hard drive enclosure, turning old HDDs and SSDs into external storage solutions is very easy to do, not to mention affordable. At less than US$25, this accessory supports drives up to 6 TB in size and transfer rates of up to 6 Gbps.
Cyberpunk 2077 to have more downloadable content than The Witcher 3
Now with a — let's hope — final launch date set to November 19, Cyberpunk 2077 is expected to feature even more downloadable content than The Witcher 3, revealed CD Projekt's president and joint-CEO during a recent conference call on the first half of the year. Sadly, the release timeline for the additional content is not available yet.
Creative SXFI THEATER hands-on: Premium materials, very good audio, decent battery life, rather basic software
Designed mainly as a wireless headset with Creative's proprietary sound-processing technology under the hood, the SXFI THEATER can also be wired to both digital and analog sources. Today we will take a closer look at the highs and lows of the Creative SXFI THEATER and try to come up with a conclusion.
War Thunder 1.101 "Raining Fire" is here: almost 30 new war machines, bug fixes, improvements, and more
Released earlier today, War Thunder "Raining Fire" comes after the major update that was labeled 1.99 and is labeled 1.101 instead of 2.01 as many were expecting. The list of changes includes over 30 war machines across most nations already in the game, naval mines, new maps, as well as various fixes and improvements.
Samsung Pay Card now available in South Korea
Samsung Pay users in South Korea just got a new physical card that can be used for multiple tasks and comes with discounts that can reach 5 percent. This move comes not long after the introduction of similar cards in the United States and the United Kingdom.
Blizzard: You will need an SSD to play World of Warcraft: Shadowlands
While Battle for Azeroth requires a fast HDD with at least 70 GB of free space, the upcoming expansion of Blizzard's World of Warcraft — Shadowlands — apparently needs an SSD with 100 GB of free space or more. The eight major installment in the World of Warcraft series is expected to arrive at the end of October on all continents.
UGREEN HiTune TWS hands-on: Solid build, good for calls, average when it comes to music
Although not impossible, it is not easy to find good wireless earbuds below the US$50 price point nowadays. With the HiTune TWS, UGREEN attempts to establish a foothold in a market that is growing rapidly and will not stop anytime soon. Today, we will see what is good and what is bad about this headset.
Creative Sound Blaster X3 hands-on: Great sound and looks, slightly tricky — but not bad — software
Compatible with PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch consoles, as well as Windows PCs and Macs, the Sound Blaster X3 is an external USB DAC that features Creative's award-winning Super X-Fi technology, 7.1 surround sound, as well as Dolby Digital Live. Today we'll take a closer look at it to see what's good and what's bad.
World of Tanks 1.10 goes live with Polish mediums, reworked equipment system, and more
At first sight, World of Tanks 1.10 comes with a few interesting changes, such as the introduction of a new medium branch to the Polish tech tree. Sadly, the rework of the equipment system and some of the other improvement attempts were enough to make me uninstall the game after just two battles.
Android 10-based LineageOS 17.1 available for the Amazon Fire HD 8 (2018)
Since Amazon's Fire HD 8 (2018) runs Android 7.1 Nougat-based Fire OS 6, being able to run Android 10 on this slate is definitely great news. Obviously, this is only possible thanks to a third-party ROM — namely LineageOS 17.1 — which is already available for those eager enough to try a work-in-progress piece of code.
Firefox 79 rolls out with Enhanced Tracking Protection 2.0 and more
Scheduled to become available for download/update later today, Firefox 79 comes roughly one month after the release of Firefox 78. This light release includes just a few changes and the most obvious one is Enhanced Tracking Protection 2.0. The Android version is also expected to get an update today, but there are no details available yet.
AZIO intros antimicrobial & waterproof keyboards and mice
Well-known for the Retro Classic Line of stylish mechanical keyboards, AZIO is back with a new antimicrobial and waterproof line of products to help mitigate the COVID-19-related health concerns. These new accessories are rated IP66 for protection from liquids and use an antimicrobial agent that keeps away bacteria, molds, and so on.
Apple's iPhone 2022 lineup expected to feature periscope lens
Mobile cameras with periscope lens have been around for a while, and it looks like Apple will use this technology for the iPhone as well. However, nothing is official yet and this is only expected to happen in 2022. For now, it seems that the tech giant is looking for suppliers to provide the needed hardware parts.
AMD Ryzen 7 4700G Renoir pushed to 4.96 GHz across all cores
Although this feat has been achieved using ice cubes in an improvised hardware setup that cannot run for long periods under the record-breaking frequency of almost 5 GHz, it is worth mentioning that the AMD Ryzen 7 4700G Renoir APU has been pushed all the way up to 4.96 GHz across all cores.
New information about the camera features of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 surfaces online
According to unconfirmed third-party reports, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 20 — scheduled to be unveiled on August 5 — will get solid improvements in the camera department. Their list includes the ability to choose which microphone to use in Pro Video mode, enhanced Single Take, 21:9 video recording in up to 8K, and more.
BadPower can melt or set your phone on fire
Chinese security researchers discovered that the firmware of fast chargers can be corrupted to deliver higher charging parameters, thus damaging the devices connected to them. A charger affected by a BadPower attack can melt or even set on fire the handset/external battery it is supposed to charge.
QNAP launches its first 2.5 GbE network switch, namely the QSW-1105-5T
Introduced today and already available to order from QNAP's partners worldwide, the QSW-1105-5T is the company's first 2.5 GbE network switch. Its highlights include five 2.5 GbE NBASE-T RJ45 ports, plug-and-play setup, auto-negotiation, as well as automatic loop detection and blocking.
Audeze Penrose: PlayStation 5-compatible wireless headset preorders now live
Announced earlier today, the Audeze Penrose and Penrose X will start shipping in early September, but those interested can place their orders already. The introductory price is US$249 — US$50 less than the MSRP of this wireless planar magnetic headset for Xbox One, Xbox Series X (Penrose X), PlayStation 4/5 and Mac (Penrose), and PC (both).
MIUI 13 Update Download (Early Access) available on Google Play, but not exactly what you'd expect
Advertised as "the only app to download MIUI 13 on your device" and apparently updated on June 23, the app created by Madhav Developers looks like a piece of code — possibly malignant — that should not have been allowed on Google Play. However, one thing is certain - MIUI 13 is not available for the public yet.
Android 10-based LineageOS 17.1 is finally available for the Xiaomi Mi A1 and other handsets
After a long wait, the Android 10-based LineageOS 17.1 ROM is available for the Xiaomi Mi A1. The firmware is still a nightly status, unfortunately. Other handsets that got Android 10 support thanks to LineageOS 17.1 in the last few days include the OnePlus 5/5T and later models, LG V20, Honor View 10, HTC One 2014, and others.
Ubuntu 20.04-based Linux Mint 20 "Ulyana" now available
Available — as usual — in MATE, Cinnamon, and Xfce editions, Linux Mint 20 "Ulyana" is a long-term support release that will be updated until 2025. The list of noticeable changes includes the dropping of 32-bit versions, the removal of Snapd, as well as the replacement of VLC and Xplayer by Celluloid.
Galaxy Fold Lite could arrive next year with a US$900 price tag
With the S10 Lite and Note 10 Lite already in the wild and a watered-down Galaxy S20 expected to launch soon, it would be natural for Samsung to do the same with the high-end Galaxy Fold. However, the previous rumors are apparently off and the Fold Lite will not arrive before 2021, but at least it should have a sub-US$1,000 price tag.
OneGx1 now up for pre-order: 7-inch, US$840 Alienware Area-51m-inspired, 5G support and Intel Amber Lake CPU in tow
More compact than the GPD Win Max, One-Notebook's OneGx1 is now up for pre-order in both 4G and 5G variants, but it doesn't come cheap: the US$839 model only sports WiFi, 8 GB of memory, and 256 GB of internal storage, and the price goes as high as US$1,318 for the 5G + 16 GB + 512 GB model.
Xiaomi updates the Mi A1 with the June 2020 security patch
As usual, the latest software update for Xiaomi's Mi A1 comes with a few spam videos on YouTube that mention Android 10. Sadly, the patch comes on top of the old Android 9 core that will not get updated via the official channels. Luckily, those who want Android 10 can pick one of the good third-party choices available.
Mobvoi TicWatch C2+ now available with a 10% introductory discount, GPS support and 1 GB RAM in tow
With a full retail price of US$210, the Wear OS-driven TicWatch C2+ comes with 1 GB of memory, GPS support, 4 GB of internal storage, but uses the rather old Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100. This smartwatch sports Google Pay support via NFC and is compatible with both Android and iOS handsets.
Torchlight III hits Steam Early Access and it doesn't look good
Plagued by server issues, Torchlight III was supposed to come out as a free-to-play title but it surfaced on Steam Early Access with a US$30 price tag. Even without any other problems — and there are other problems — these two issues alone are enough to get a title buried under a huge pile of negative reviews.
Sharkoon Light² 200 gaming mouse hands-on: Feather-light but full of features
Sharkoon's lightest wired gaming mouse to date, the Light² 200, provides excellent value for money. With a price of less than US$50, it has an accurate 16,000 DPI optical sensor, attractive RGB lighting, durable Omron switches, and an excellent software companion for managing all its features.
Genesis RX85 RGB Hands-On Review: A great mechanical keyboard that doesn't cost a fortune
The RX85 RGB mechanical keyboard by Genesis looks like an excellent choice for those looking to find reliable — in this case, Kailh Brown — switches, a volume knob, customizable RGB LEDs, a magnetic palm rest, and an aluminum body in the sub-US$100 price range. Now, we will see how close to perfection this piece of hardware got.
Armored Warfare 0.32 is finally available, but is it enough to push the game forward?
Unfortunately for those who don't want to use cash, the new update only includes premium content for the upcoming Battle Path missions and various (apparently) minor tweaks and fixes, such as performance optimizations, spotting system changes, harsher penalties for deserters, various interface improvements, and so on.
ARM unveils the Mali-G78 and Mali-G68 mobile GPUs
The new Mali-G78 mobile GPU is more efficient and provides performance improvements of up to 25 percent compared to its predecessor — Mali-G77, which launched last year as the first Valhall-based mobile GPU. Its companion, the Mali-G68, inherits features such as the new FMA unit, but only supports up to 6 cores (24 for the G78).
War Thunder 1.99 "Starfighters" now available with new planes, Japanese helicopters, Italian ships, and more
Although its name should be "Regia Marina" due to the introduction of the Italian Fleet tech tree — only for those who buy preorder early access packs at this stage or complete various missions, as usual — War Thunder 1.99 comes as "Starfighters" thanks to the F-104 jets that have been added to the game as well. Obviously, there is much more to it than just the above.
Xiaomi keeps the Mi A1 alive with a new Android Pie update
Rather unsurprisingly, there is a new Android Pie-based firmware update rolling out for the Xiaomi Mi A1 right now — at least in Eastern Europe. With a size of less than 80 MB, the new patch does not contain any noticeable changes apart from the usual security improvements and bug fixes.
Total War: Shogun 2 is now free on Steam
Often labeled as the best game in the Total War series, Shogun 2 was published by Sega in 2011 and this week can be obtained for free from Steam. To keep it forever — without the eight DLC and unit packs that can be acquired for 75 percent off during this period — those interested should get it before May 1, 7 PM.
There's a new Android system update available for the Xiaomi Mi A1
Xiaomi continues to support the aging Mi A1 with software updates, but this month's security patch does not include any new features. Sadly, this confirms that any chance to receive Android 10 via the official channels is now gone. However, a stable Android 10-based LineageOS build for the Mi A1 should arrive this summer.
Happy anniversary, World of Tanks: Wargaming's flagship product has been around for (almost) a decade
To start the celebration of the upcoming anniversary properly, Wargaming has updated World of Tanks to 1.9, a version that comes with quite a few noticeable changes: a completely reworked tech tree without some hardware that has been placed into a separate tab as Collectors' Vehicles, increased HP for the low tiers, and more.
Minecraft with RTX Beta for Windows 10 goes live
Although not a visual feast in the past, Minecraft finally gets ray-traced shadows, impressive reflective water, real-time caustics, and multiple atmospheric effects thanks to NVIDIA's RTX technology and the new levels that add a whole new level of depth and detail to the Windows version of this popular game.
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands will support various game controllers — and consoles, hopefully — PlayStation 5 included
Although playing World of Warcraft with a game controller is possible, the game does not fully support this control method out of the box. However, World of Warcraft: Shadowlands is expected to sport support for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 controllers, so we can only wonder if the game will also hit Sony's console.
April Fools' Day 2020: War Thunder goes to space
This year's April 1st special takes Gaijin's game to space, but also come with a special event that can end up with a very rare piece of military hardware, namely the Object 279 heavy tank. Back in 2016 and 2017, these special events involved ships and modern tanks, which were both added to the game since then.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 will allegedly come in two models, not three as previously rumored
Although multiple rumors claimed that Samsung is planning to release three Galaxy Note 20 models, a new tip reveals that the next-gen phablet family will only launch with two members — the Galaxy Note 20 and the slightly larger Galaxy Note 20 Plus, apparently both with about the same internals.
Are your files safe? Today is World Backup Day
Since almost 20 percent of computer users have been targeted by a malware attack in the last year and about the same percentage have never backed up their data, today is a great day to finally back up your files or refresh your existing backups. These being said, there's only one thing left to do - backup your files before it's too late.
Samsung Galaxy Chromebook coming to the US next Monday
This Intel Core i5-10210U-driven high-end Chromebook that was unveiled three months ago is finally coming to the US via Best Buy and Samsung's online store. Priced at US$999, the Galaxy Chromebook has a flip-and-fold design and its most attractive feature is the 4K Super AMOLED touchscreen with S Pen support.
Quad-rear camera Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) gets Android 10
Samsung's first phone to sport four rear cameras has just received its second major update. The Android 10/One UI 2.0 update arrives one year after the Galaxy A9 (2018) got the Android 9.0 Pie update. The changelog is not official yet, but all the One UI 2.0 and Android 10 goodies should be present.
Samsung overtakes Apple and becomes the world's third-largest mobile chipmaker
Thanks to increased sales in India and the US, Samsung has finally managed to overtake Apple and to become the world's third-largest mobile chipmaker. Last year, the tech giant, headquartered in South Korea, was in control of 14.1 percent of the market, leaving Apple behind by only 1 percent.
Milestone time: There are one billion Windows 10 devices in the wild
With 900 million devices running Windows 10 back in late September 2019, it was quite obvious that Microsoft would reach the next milestone this year. Yesterday, the Redmond giant announced that "over one billion people have chosen Windows 10 across 200 countries resulting in more than one billion active Windows 10 devices."
War Thunder 1.97 "Viking Fury" is live: full Swedish ground tech tree, two new locations, and more
Released earlier today, War Thunder 1.97 "Viking Fury" is the game's first major update of the year and comes with a full Swedish ground forces tech tree, over 20 new ships, ground vehicles, helos and aircraft for other nations, two new locations, as well as multiple bug fixes and under-the-hood improvements.
Firefox 74 rolls out: Facebook Container, DNS-over-HTTPS, and more
Released yesterday, Firefox 74.0 can block Facebook from tracking its users and no longer allows third-party apps to install add-ons, but it also features DNS-over-HTTPS provided by Cloudflare (with NextDNS as an option). This update is available for Windows, macOS, and Linux/Unix users.
Two-decade old [email protected] project going down at the end of the month
This might have passed under the radar of many people, but the fact that the volunteer computing part of the 21-year-old [email protected] project will go into hibernation is quite big news, especially since this amazing effort did not manage to deliver any solid result. However, [email protected] might be reactivated one day.
The upcoming OPPO Watch has just been spotted in the wild
The hands-on video that has recently surfaced online shows a smartwatch with slightly curved sides and bezels that seem to be a bit bigger than shown by the unofficial renders that were leaked not long ago. This smart wearable is set to launch in China on March 21 with a starting price of almost US$220.
Samsung updates the S10 Lite in India with 60 fps UHD video recording and camera app stability improvements
The new software for the Galaxy S10 Lite has just reached Samsung's handsets in India. Labeled G770FXXU2ATB2 and with a size of around 416 MB, the firmware update includes the security patch dated February 1, a new video recording mode (16:9 UHD 60 fps), improved picture quality and a more stable camera app.
NVIDIA's GeForce Game Ready Driver 442.50 comes with ARK: Genesis support and more
Released yesterday, the latest Game Ready driver package from NVIDIA comes with optimizations for Apex Legends Season 4, Tom Clancy's The Division 2: Warlords of New York, ARK: Genesis, as well as support for two G-SYNC-compatible monitors by AOC (AG271FZ2 and AG271F1G2) and one by Asus (PG43U).
SwiftKey for Android gets Dark Mode support, redesigned Settings area
After quite a long time since Google's mobile operating system got a Dark Mode, SwiftKey for Android gets to support it. The new update — released yesterday and labeled 22.214.171.124 — also comes with a redesigned Settings area that makes it even easier to customize your virtual keyboard.
Xiaomi updates the Mi A1, still no Android 10
Although it has been confirmed that Android 10 will not hit the Mi A1 via any official channels, some users still hope that Xiaomi might release the third major update for this handset. However, this month's update is nothing more than the regular security patch, dated February 1 and based on Android Pie.
Opera 67 for desktop now available with quite a few noticeable changes
Although many of those who loved it until the legendary version 12 consider it to be a dead horse nowadays, Opera 67 might be a step in the right direction. The latest release of this troubled web browser — available for Windows, Linux, and macOS — comes with Workspaces, tab cycling, a Sidebar setup panel, and more.
Armored Warfare 0.31 comes with new missions, overhauled Battle UI, and more
The Asian-themed Spirithaven season that comes with Armored Warfare 0.31 is accompanied by quite a few noticeable changes, including a major interface overhaul for both for the in-battle and settings areas of the game, new Asian vehicles, new operations and missions, overall graphics improvements, and more.
Sea of Thieves gets a new free update — "Crews of Rage"
Released earlier today, the free "Crews of Rage" update for Sea of Thieves comes with new Bounty Voyages into the Devil's Roar that allow you to fight Ashen Skeletons, while the new Chests of Rage contain valuable treasure and can also be traded at The Reaper's Hideout.
WQHD+ 120 Hz software update allegedly coming soon to the Galaxy S20 series
Currently limited at full HD resolution due to battery life-related concerns, the 120 Hz display refresh might soon become available for the Galaxy S20 lineup since Samsung is reportedly working on a software update that will bring WQHD+ 120 Hz capabilities. Its launch should take place by the end of April.
Android 10 coming to the Realme 5 Pro next month, no Beta in the cards
While many Realme users are already testing Android 10 Beta on their devices, it looks like the Realme 5 Pro will move directly to the stable Android 10 firmware. If everything goes as planned, this should happen next month. The same will happen with the Realme X, which is supposed to receive the update this month.
If you think a 50 GB game is large, you'd better rethink it: Final Fantasy VII remake to exceed 100 GB
Although the game is scheduled to arrive in early April, it is obvious — based on the sizes of the latest titles in the series — that the remake of the legendary Final Fantasy VII is going to be big. According to a recent rumor that still has to be confirmed, this title will occupy over 100 GB of space after installation (with all available DLCs).
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro sales hit the equivalent of US$28.5 million in less than a minute
With prices starting at more than US$700, the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro is a rather expensive handset considering the wallet-friendly price tags of its predecessors. However, the Chinese OEM managed to sell more than 28.5 million USD worth of these new flagships in just 55 seconds during the first flash sale session.
Criterion will be in charge of Need for Speed once again
After four titles made by Ghost Games, the Need for Speed franchise is returning to Criterion Games. The UK-based studio, widely known for the Burnout series, developed Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (2010) and Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012). The recent titles that involved Criterion include Battlefield V (2018) and Star Wars: Battlefront (2016-2017).
Google Maps turns 15, mobile app with new icon and interface rolls out
Last week, Google Maps celebrated its 15th anniversary and now the mobile apps receive an update that includes quite a few noticeable changes, both functional — more information about transit rides — and visual — a new icon and a refreshed interface.
Android 10 now available for Samsung Galaxy A30 in India
Surprisingly, Samsung has just managed to release the Android 10 update for the Galaxy A30 one month ahead of schedule, so other handsets might get the new software earlier than expected as well. The Indian Galaxy A30 gets the software version A305FDDU4BTB3 in the shape of a 1.4 GB OTA update package.
Samsung intros the 108 MP ISOCELL Bright HM1 image sensor
Samsung's next-gen 108 MP ISOCELL image sensor can deliver brighter and more detailed still images and 24 fps 8K videos even in the most difficult lighting conditions. The list of technologies used by the Bright HM1 image sensor includes Nonacell, Smart-ISO, real-time HDR, and more.
Vivaldi 2.11 now available with improved Pop-out video mode
Vivaldi 2.11.1811.33 is this year's first desktop update and comes with "a new and improved" Pop-out video mode, Themes update to match the OS dark/light mode, the ability to shift focus between different UI areas using the keyboard, upgraded developer tools, and improved full-screen tab casting.
Secretly owned by CIA, Swiss tech company Crypto sold encryption products to 120 countries and...
Liquidated in 2018, Swiss firm Crypto AG seems to have been involved in helping the US and German governments spy on no less than 120 countries for decades. The story has just surfaced thanks to an investigation carried out by The Washington Post, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF), and Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen (SRF).
Thom Browne limited edition Samsung Galaxy Z Flip coming next month
The stylish result of the collaboration between Samsung Electronics and New York-based fashion brand Thom Browne "was created for those who are not afraid to make a statement—and who want their technology to be as iconic as their wardrobe" and will arrive in March. The pre-orders will kick off later this week — on February 14, to be more specific.
Huawei caught red-handed: The company has backdoor access to mobile networks worldwide
The latest Huawei-related security issue is huge and it's enough to describe it in a few words for everyone to figure out: for over a decade, the Chinese behemoth has been using backdoors intended for law enforcement to access mobile networks — and the sensitive/private information they carry — all over the world.
ZTE confirms attendance, most likely to unveil (at least) the Axon 10s Pro
Although recent rumors claimed otherwise, it has just been confirmed that ZTE will push aside all the fears regarding the virus that is currently troubling the Chinese mainland and will attend the Mobile World Congress trade show that is scheduled to take place in Barcelona later this month.
Opera 56 for Android now available for download, improved reader mode in tow
Released earlier today, Opera 56 for Android features improvements to the reader mode and tab restoration features, as well as customizable address bar buttons. Reloading the current page is now possible only by swiping down from the top since the Reload button has been moved to the menu.
This is the real thing: Xiaomi Mi 10 official poster shows up, Pink finish also in the cards
Expected to launch at MWC next month, the upcoming Xiaomi Mi 10 has just surfaced on Weibo in an official poster that reveals two color choices and its overall design traits. Hopefully, the Mi 10 will be available with more color choices than just the pink and blue revealed in the aforementioned official image.
Another one caught red-handed: Wacom has been tracking your activity as well
Although Wacom hardware should have no reason for sending out the history of application use of its owners, it looks like this has been happening for a while and there's no official explanation for that yet. Nevertheless, this story is quite intriguing and worth keeping an eye on.
Samsung India teases upcoming Galaxy M31, 64 MP camera and a generous battery in tow
While most details remain sketchy, the teaser that surfaced online earlier this week suggests that the Galaxy M31 will hit the market with a 64 MP main camera and a generous battery able to provide at least 5,000 mAh like the Galaxy M30, maybe even more than 6,000 mAh (Galaxy M30s).
World of Tanks 1.7.1: Double-barreled tanks are finally here
In addition to the long-awaited dual-barreled tanks that have been added to the Russian tech tree (namely the IS-2-II, IS-3-II, and the ST-II), World of Tanks 1.7.1 also comes with the Demount Kit feature that allows players to send complex equipment to the depot without spending gold. However, this kit can only be gained from Reward for Merit drops.
The price of free software: Avast has been selling the browser history of its users
Although there are still freeware products that are completely free, others come with hidden traps that the user only gets to find out about via scandals. The free Avast antivirus is such a product — it turns out that the Czech firm behind it has been selling the browser history of its users to the highest bidder.
Quick game review | Shadow Brawlers is a hidden gem worth checking out
Apparently a rather basic arcade fighting game, Shadow Brawlers allows you to bring some friends for offline multiplayer battles that cover quite a few different modes and has the potential to keep you busy for a very long time — definitely a title that many will enjoy for years to come.
Torchlight Frontiers becomes Torchlight III, drops free-to-play model
Known as Torchlight Frontiers during its Alpha stage, the successor of Torchlight and Torchlight II is now on its way to being launched as — obviously — Torchlight III. Even more, the game will drop the free-to-play business model and will be available at launch via Steam instead of Arc.
Wine 5.0 now available for all supported operating systems
The version labeled 5.0 of the popular open-source software compatibility layer known as Wine has just surfaced as both source code and binary for multiple operating systems, including Android, macOS, and various Linux distros. The list of major changes includes Vulkan 1.1 and multi-monitor support, built-in modules in PE format, and more.
Post-release failure: The Huawei Mate X turns out to be just as bad as the Galaxy Fold
After selling more than 100,000 Mate X units, Huawei is already headed towards the release of its second iteration. Sadly, the display of this innovative piece of technology seems to be just as frail as that of its main competitor and repairing it costs as much as US$1,000.
Huawei's CentOS-based openEuler goes live — source code available as well
With the arrival of the source code on Gitee, Huawei's CentOS-based openEuler Linux distro is taking one step forward. However, this notable effort by the Chinese tech giant is currently sabotaged by its unfinished website and documentation, as well as the apparently non-bootable ISO available for download.
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3980X is a 48-core, 96-thread beast — according to CPU-Z
The slightly more potent sibling of the record-breaking Threadripper 3970X has surfaced in the support list of CPU-Z. According to it, this unconfirmed processor sports 48 cores and 96 threads, as well as a TDP of 280 W. If the Threadripper 3990X arrives next month, it would not be surprising to see the 3980X arrive in a month or two.
Quick game review | Citadel: Forged With Fire
Facing mixed reviews in its Early Access days (a stage that has begun in 2017), Citadel: Forged With Fire has managed to grow into a solid title thanks to the multiple content updates it received in the meantime. Released on November 1, this massive online sandbox RPG offers a large world to explore, beasts to kill or tame — dragons included, and more.
War Thunder 1.95 "Northern Wind" launches with Swedish aircraft, two new naval maps, and more
Surnamed "Northern Wind," this year's last major update to War Thunder comes with a full aircraft tech tree and two premium tanks for Sweden alongside two new naval maps, a few solid graphics engine upgrades — including Ray Traced Global Illumination and HDR support, as well as over a dozen of new ships, aircraft, and vehicles for other nations.
Apple's iPhone 11 is the most popular piece of tech in 2019, according to Google Search
As surprising as this might be for many of us, "iPhone 11" was the only tech-related search in the global top 10 queries that people entered on Google Search this year. Ranked fifth globally, Apple's handset only managed to grab the ninth spot in the most popular Google Search topics stateside.
AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition now available with a 12 percent speed boost over its predecessor
In addition to the significant performance boost over its predecessor of up to 12 percent, the latest driver package for AMD Radeon video cards also comes with brand new features such as Radeon Boost, Integer Scaling, and a brand-new AMD Link app. AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition also comes with a fully redesigned gaming application.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite gets its WiFi certification
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite has just received its WiFi certification, but most of the details remain sketchy for now. This upcoming handset is expected to be powered by the Exynos 9810 processor, at least 6 GB of memory and 64 GB of internal storage, a display of around 6.5 inches in size, with Android 10 on top.
World of Tanks 1.7 comes with nickname anonymization, but no double-barreled tanks or better matchmaking
The update that was supposed to add a few high-tier dual-barreled tanks to the Russian tech tree sadly fails to do so, leaving the Anonymizer feature as the only big change for World of Tanks 1.7. However, Crew Directives — previously available for bonds — can now be purchased only for credits.
PUBG 5.2 now live with Labs, Vikendi tweaks, and more on PC and consoles
PUBG 5.2 is now up and running for both PC and console players, and the most important change is the introduction of PUBG Labs, defined as "a new destination for where you can try our latest game modes and help us refine them into greatness." The Public Test Server is free for anyone who already owns a copy of the game.
Diablo IV confirmed to feature elective mode skill selection and Keyed Dungeons
A recent blog post by Diablo IV's lead systems designer, David Kim, confirms that the game will support elective mode-style skill selection and will also feature Keyed Dungeons. Kim also detailed itemization, endgame progression, power sources, and concluded by urging the members of the community to get involved by sharing their ideas.
Health check: Is 5G really bad for you? Debunking some 5G-related myths and fake news
As 5G networks go live in more and more markets with each month, some questions regarding the health hazards that might come with this new technology remain unanswered. However, most 5G dangers that some websites have been warning us about for years are nothing more than myths that can be easily debunked.
Samsung Exynos 980-powered Vivo X30 might show up tomorrow
Although tomorrow's conference is expected to focus on the introduction of Samsung's dual-mode 5G AI chipset, Vivo is also supposed to unveil the Exynos 980-driven X30 phablet. Its specs will allegedly include a 90 Hz 6.5-inch AMOLED display, a 64 MP quad main camera, as well as a 32 MP selfie shooter.
Samsung W20 5G surfaces online, might sport a foldable or clamshell design
China Telecom has just teased the upcoming Samsung W20 5G, but the image they revealed comes with more questions than answers. For now, we don't know when this handset will arrive, if it will be a clamshell or foldable device, not to mention that there is no accurate launch date to talk about yet, either.
BioWare teaser suggests that Dragon Age 4 could be unveiled next month
Although the launch date of the next Dragon Age game is not set in stone yet, BioWare has recently published a teaser on Twitter that labels December 4 as "Dragon 4ge Day" so at least some kind of Dragon Age 4-related official announcement is definitely in the pipeline. Sadly, this highly-anticipated title might launch in 2022.
Vivaldi 2.9 has arrived with significant improvements in tow
The latest update, labeled 2.9.1705.31, is now available with multiple enhancements to the Vivaldi Menu, the ability to set global default preferences for requests based on sound, geolocation, camera, microphone, motion sensors, Bluetooth devices, and pop-ups, as well as multiple tweaks and fixes.
War Thunder 1.93 "Shark Attack" now available with a new Abrams tank, the Ka-50 and Mi-28N helicopters, first Swedish aircraft, and more
In addition to the iconic Kamov Ka-50 single-seat attack helicopter — surnamed "Black Shark" — War Thunder 1.93 comes with the first three Swedish planes, a new Abrams tank, the first Italian helicopter, a new location, the first rank V ship in the game, as well as the usual pack of minor tweaks and fixes.
Google Play Music hits five billion downloads
Although it can also be used on iOS-powered devices, Google Play Music has just hit an impressive milestone with the help of its Android users alone — no less than five billion downloads. This music streaming service is available in 63 countries and will probably be replaced by YouTube Music in the long run.
Samsung Galaxy S10 gets slow-motion mode for the front camera, still stuck on Pie
The latest software update for the Galaxy S10 series comes with slow-motion video capabilities for the front camera, improved fingerprint recognition, Auto Hotspot, and a few minor changes. In China, these handsets have already started to receive the Android 10-based One UI 2.0 update (in a Beta testing stage).
Industry’s first 12 GB LPDDR4X-based uMCP enters mass production, obviously made by Samsung
The new 12 GB low-power double data rate 4X UFS-based multichip package by Samsung combines four 24 Gb LPDDR4X chips and ultra-fast eUFS 3.0 NAND storage into a single package. This new mobile memory solution can hit a transfer rate of 4,266 Mbps, allowing mid-end handsets to shoot smooth 4K videos and run AI/machine learning applications.
UMIDIGI Power 3 coming next month, 48 MP quad camera and 6,150 mAh battery in tow
The upcoming Power 3 is now official and ready to become the handset with the most generous battery capacity that UMIDIGI has created so far. In addition to the 6,150 mAh battery, its specs also include a 48 MP quad camera, a 6.53-inch full HD+ FullView display, and a MediaTek Helio P60 processor.
Next-next-gen Zen 5 architecture is already in development, confirms AMD
With some Zen 2-based processors still in the pipeline, AMD confirmed that the design of the Zen 3 architecture is complete and the testing/manufacturing stages should soon follow. Even more, Zen 4 and Zen 5 are both being designed already and — if everything goes according to plan — the latter is set to arrive in 2022.
Samsung might be working on a Galaxy Note 10 Lite
Since the regular Galaxy Note 10 has a price tag of almost US$1,000, it should be no surprise that a US$500- to US$600-priced Lite edition is already in the works and might hit the market soon. However, Samsung still has to confirm the release of this device — and other similar editions, such as the Galaxy S10 Lite.
Dual-screen Nubia Z20 now available in the US for just US$549
ZTE's sub-brand Nubia has just released the dual-display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+-powered Z20 flagship worldwide. Only available in Twilight Blue and Diamond Black versions, this premium device can be acquired in most markets, including Australia, Canada, EU, Japan, or Israel. US customers can get it for US$549.
Sennheiser GSP 370 Hands-On
We got our hands on the brand-new Sennheiser GSP 370 — a wireless gaming headset with a design similar to the wired GSP 350 and the same strong areas that also comes with an impressive battery life of up to 100 hours. The GSP 370 can be acquired at a recommended retail price of €199 (roughly US$218), but is it worth it?
PlayStation 4 firmware update coming this week with updated party features and more
Scheduled to arrive globally this week, the PlayStation 4 system update labeled 7.0 is expected to bring Remote Play to smartphones and tablets running Android 5.0 Lollipop or later, 16-player parties, chat transcription, enhanced audio, an improved backend that should take care of most connectivity issues, system-level HDR tuning, and more.
Is Facebook Libra doomed to fail? PayPal withdraws from the project
Libra Association, the 28-member nonprofit organization that was formed back in June 2019 to oversee the creation of Facebook's cryptocurrency and its consumer rollout, has just lost one of its supporters. Sadly, the brand that has decided to pull out of the project is one of the most popular providers of online money transfer solutions — PayPal.
Samsung apparently disbanded the Austin CPU R&D team and is planning to use the ARM architecture in future Exynos chips
Although this is not official yet, it looks like Samsung has already disbanded the entire team that was working in its Austin R&D center to develop architectures and designs for the System LSI division so next-gen Exynos chips will — most likely — use solutions developed by ARM instead.
Galaxy Note 10+ purchases come with free Galaxy Buds and Galaxy Fit in the US
Although US$1099.99 for an unlocked 256 GB Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ cannot be considered affordable, US customers can take advantage of the free Galaxy Buds and Galaxy Fit that come with the flagship. Samsung is also offering a free 6-month Spotify Premium trial and 4 months of YouTube Premium access.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+-powered Nubia Red Magic 3S launches globally on October 16
Introduced back in May with a Snapdragon 855 onboard, the gaming handset Nubia Red Magic 3 is now ready to receive two essential performance upgrades (as the Red Magic 3S): the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ processor and high-end UFS 3.0 storage. The global launch of both 8 + 128 GB and 12 + 256 GB variants is set for October 16.
Vivo U10 will hit China tomorrow as the Vivo U3x
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 665-powered Vivo handset that will hit China tomorrow as the U3x is also set to launch the same day in India, where it is called U10. Available in three storage/memory configurations for prices that start around the equivalent of US$112, this 6.45-inch handset has a 5,000 mAh battery with support for 18 W dual-engine flash charge.
Vivaldi 2.8 drops earlier than expected, but without any major changes
Vivaldi 2.8.1664.35 arrives less than three weeks since the release of the 2.7 update, but it only features various tweaks and fixes that aim to provide "a smoother browsing experience" alongside images toggle via keyboard and a few new bookmark customization options. Those who missed the news should know that a beta for Android handsets is also available.
AnTuTu news: The Vivo NEX 3 is the fastest phone in the world
The Vivo NEX 3, a new flagship that was unveiled today in China, has just climbed on top of the AnTuTu smartphone ranking with a score of over 490,000 points. The next two handsets are the Black Shark 2 Pro and the Asus ROG Phone 2, both scoring slightly above 469,000 points. The NEX 3 will go on sale later this week starting around US$800.
iOS 13 is finally launching this week
The long-awaited iOS 13 update is coming this Thursday and the list of compatible devices starts with the iPhone 6s/6s Plus and the iPhone SE. The changes it will bring include a Dark Mode, faster Face ID, a new home screen, and more. Sadly, iPad users will have to wait at least two more weeks until their slates will get updated as well.
Intel Comet Lake-powered Google "Hatch" Chromebook hits Geekbench
Mentioned for the first time back in November last year, the yet-to-be-confirmed Google "Hatch" Chromebook has just surfaced on Geekbench. The listing in the popular benchmark database confirms that this portable is powered by a 10th generation Intel Comet Lake processor, namely the Intel Core i3-10110U.
Pixel 4 XL prototype shows up in Vietnam, 90 Hz display and round main camera module in tow
The soon-to-be-released Google Pixel 4 XL is back in a new unofficial video that does not leave much to be discovered at launch. The video shows the upcoming flagship device with a round camera module on the back that makes it similar to the iPhone 11, a 90 Hz display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, 6 GB of memory, and more.
War Thunder 1.91 "Night Vision" goes live with more modern jets, Chinese hardware, a new tone mapping system, and more
The latest major update to War Thunder comes with Chinese ground and air tech trees for a total of no less than 38 new pieces of military hardware, as well as 8 helicopters, 12 aircraft, 11 ships, and 7 ground vehicles for other nations. The list of changes also includes a few new locations and missions, thermal sights and night vision devices, a map rotation filter, and more.
DxOMark: The Nokia 9 PureView fails to impress
It is not something new that more cameras are not always better, but many of those into mobile photography had high expectations from the Nokia 9 PureView. Sadly, Nokia's flagship with five cameras on the back failed to impress and only scored 85 points overall in DxOMark's test — 88 for still photography and 80 for video shooting.
Vivaldi finally goes mobile, although only in beta testing for now
After a rather long wait, Vivaldi is finally available for mobile devices. This powerful web browser can be taken for a spin only by Android users for now as a beta piece of code, but it already features private browsing, the Note tool with cross-device sync capabilities also available for desktop users, screenshot snapping, and more.
Samsung fails again: No monthly security patches for the Galaxy A90 5G
Although it is not cheap at all, the Galaxy A90 5G is Samsung's first non-flagship handset with support for the fastest mobile connectivity standard available for the masses (depending on region, of course). Sadly, although it is more expensive than most 4G flagships currently on the market, the Galaxy A90 5G will only get a new security patch every four months.
Microsoft acquires cloud migration technology provider Movere
After more than a decade in the industry, Movere is joining Microsoft to boost its cloud capabilities. Movere is a discovery solution that allows for easy cloud migration, but also optimizes, monitors, and analyzes IT environments to help administrators stop wasting time for manual data gathering and processing.
Facebook Dating goes live in the US
Facebook Dating is finally launching in the US for everyone after spending almost an entire year in a limited testing stage. Also available in other 19 countries across South America and Asia, Facebook Dating is expected to hit Europe by early 2020. Obviously, the Dating profile is separate from the main Facebook profile.
WoW Classic has launched globally and is quite popular already
WoW Classic is finally available globally and, although it is supposed to recreate the state of the game after patch 1.12.1, this title comes with a few new bugs as well. However, WoW Classic is very popular right now and Blizzard had to open quite a few new Normal and PvP realms due to the unexpected popularity shown by gamers across the Oceanic, EU, and US regions.
Dual-color Huawei P30 models show up online, might launch at IFA 2019
The two patents that Huawei filed with the European Union Intellectual Property Office at the end of May — and were published last Friday — reveal one color scheme known as "Breathing Crystal" alongside a black/gray design. These color options might become available for other Huawei devices as well and should be unveiled in early September at IFA 2019.
Vivaldi 2.7 launches with better sound controls, smoother navigation, and more
The first Vivaldi release after the summer break, labeled 2.7.1628.30, comes with no less than 63 bug fixes and four new features. These new features include fast access to User Profiles, an option that allows stopping (in advance) audio from playing, the ability to enable/disable the Flash plugin, as well as an improved status bar.
Twice as popular as its predecessor: More than 1.3 million Samsung Galaxy Note 10 pre-orders in South Korea
Scheduled to arrive in South Korean stores on August 23, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 (and the Note 10+ models) is already twice as popular as the Galaxy Note 9. During the period that started on August 9 and ended yesterday, South Korean customers were able to place no less than 1.3 million pre-orders.
Sony acquires Insomniac Games
After spending no less than 25 years in the gaming industry, Insomniac Games — the developer behind titles such as Ratchet & Clank and the critically acclaimed Marvel's Spider-Man — is joining PlayStation’s Worldwide Studios. Just as expected, the financial terms of the deal have not been revealed to the public.
The Huawei Mate 30 Pro apparently spotted in the wild
If the device that has just been spotted live turns out to be the upcoming Mate 30 Pro, some of the rumors that we heard so far were spot-on. The device sighted in the subway seems to feature a waterfall screen and a square or round main camera setup that was covered by the case — apparently custom-made to hide some key features.
Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100-powered Misfit Vapor X now available for just US$199.99
Available for just US$199.99 — down from a full retail price of US$279.99 — for a limited period, the brand-new Misfit Vapor X is an excellent deal. This Wear OS-driven smart wearable is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset and features a standalone GPS, Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity, advanced fitness tracking capabilities, and more.
King’s Bounty II confirmed to arrive next year with open-world exploration and RPG mechanics
Popular turn-based fantasy video game King's Bounty is ready for a come back that blends open-world exploration and RPG mechanics with the successful tactical turn-based approach used by the previous titles of this franchise. Pre-orders can be placed already, but the game will launch next year.
Need for Speed Heat to feature an open-world design and a dark story, launch set for November
Need for Speed Heat is set in Palm City, a brand-new open-world location that accommodates — unsurprisingly — races that take place both in broad daylight and at night. This title will hit Windows PCs, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on November 8, but an extensive gameplay reveal is scheduled for August 19.
DxOMark has a new king — the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G
While it might not provide the best value in the high-end sector of the market, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G is surely a great choice for mobile photography fans with a generous budget. Its DxOMark scores are the following: 118 for still photos, 99 in the selfie department, 101 for video shooting, and a combined score of 113 points.
Samsung Galaxy M90 set to launch in the final quarter of 2019
The Galaxy M40 is the most expensive member of the Galaxy M lineup available right now, but it will get a more powerful — and pricy — sibling before the end of the year. According to an exclusive report, Samsung will launch the Galaxy M90 in India in the fourth quarter, but there is no technical information to talk about yet.
WoW Classic servers will go live tomorrow for name reservation and realm selection
Although the full launch remains scheduled for August 27, the WoW Classic servers will go live tomorrow. This is not another beta test, but a chance for those with an active subscription or game time on their WoW account to reserve their character names and select the realm where they want to play.
Exynos 7885-driven Samsung Galaxy M10S hits Geekbench
After no less than four different Samsung handsets that use the Exynos 7885, it seems there is room for at least one more. The Galaxy M10S has just surfaced on Geekbench with this processor inside, 3 GB of memory, and Android 9.0 Pie-based software. Unfortunately, this handset has no official launch date yet.
Coming next month: 5G-capable Xiaomi Mi 9S certified in China, 45 W charging in tow
Shortly after the Xiaomi device with model number M1908F1XE was received its 3C certification, China Unicom revealed a list of 5G phones available and to be launched soon. This list includes a few handsets that have not been released yet and the Xiaomi Mi 9S is one of them. Sadly, we have no official confirmation of the fact that the M1908F1XE is the Mi 9S yet.
World of Tanks 1.6: New British lights, improved customization, reworked Personal Missions, no friendly fire
World of Tanks 1.6 comes with four new British light tanks, reworked Personal Missions (about 40 of those leading to the Object 279), an improved interface for interacting with decals — alongside new decals and fonts, as well as the removal of friendly fire and ramming damage. Friendly kills are now possible — by pushing allies off cliffs or flipping them upside down.
Samsung intros the Galaxy Watch Active 2 smartwatch
Samsung's Galaxy Watch Active 2 smartwatch is powered by the Exynos 9110 SoC and comes in two sizes — 40 and 44 mm — both with a Super AMOLED display with 360 x 360 pixels. Available in LTE and non-LTE versions, this new smart wearable has a wide range of features and it even allows its users to watch YouTube videos.
Sony Xperia 2 to feature mysterious S-Cinetone function
Although the name of the upcoming Sony Xperia 2 is not set in stone yet, the Japanese company has recently trademarked one of its features, namely S-Cinetone. While this name suggests a photo- or video-related function, there are no technical details to talk about. However, the trademark documents reveal that Sony's next-gen devices will use a 21:9 display.
Fairphone 3 shows up on Bluetooth SIG
The next-gen modular, ethical — built using conflict-free tin, tungsten and tantalum and fair trade gold — Fairphone handset has just been spotted on Bluetooth SIG. Sadly, all that we know for sure is that the Fairphone 3 comes with Bluetooth 5 connectivity and its other specs should make it superior to its Snapdragon 801-powered predecessor.
Microsoft acquires vendor marketing technology provider PromoteIQ
Microsoft continues its expansion in the retail services space with a new acquisition. PromoteIQ is a leading provider of vendor marketing technology for online retailers and brands, with a client portfolio that includes names like Kroger, Kohl’s, and Overstock.com. As usual, the financial details of the deal have not been revealed.
Samsung and Orange Romania demo 5G VR live streaming in a real-world scenario
This year's fifth edition of the Untold festival came with a 5G VR live streaming test conducted by Samsung and Orange Romania. This test has managed to bring 5G connectivity at the disposal of many consumers eager to take the new technology for a spin. Just as expected, the speeds reached exceeded 1 Gbps.
Flagship mobile camera sensors: Samsung cannot compete with Huawei yet
Although Samsung's flagships usually achieve excellent results when visiting DxOMark and taking other mobile photography tests, Huawei's sensors are larger. However, this proves once again that the Chinese tech giant still has to improve its camera software to properly take advantage of its better sensors.
Xiaomi handsets could get reverse wireless charging soon
Although reverse wireless charging has been around for a while, Xiaomi still has to introduce this feature. The good news is that — at least according to the information discovered in the latest beta MIUI build — the Chinese OEM is working on it and the feature might arrive sooner than expected.
Renders of all Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 color options surface online
If the latest renders that surfaced online turn out to be the real thing, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 will be available in silver, black, and rose gold. This smart wearable will be Samsung's first one to feature Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity and is expected to arrive next week.
Apple MacBook Pro "A2159" gets certified, most likely an updated 13-inch model without Touch Bar
Although most Apple MacBook Pro-related rumors we keep hearing these days involve a 16-inch model, the model A2159 that was recently spotted on the website of the FCC seems to be an update 13-inch model. Since Apple still has to update the 13-inch MacBook Pro without a Touch Bar, this is what the aforementioned model could be.
Xiaomi will launch the new Mi Gaming notebooks this Sunday
An official teaser reveals that the next-gen Mi Gaming notebooks by Xiaomi will arrive this Sunday, but it does not mention any specs. However, the Chinese text says something about an improved cooling experience, so we can safely assume that the new portables will feature an advanced cooling solution.
Vivo IQOO Pro 5G coming next month
Although its specs are not official yet, most chances are that the upcoming Vivo IQOO Pro 5G will use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus processor. The latest teaser by Vivo reveals the "Monster Inside" text on the back of the phone and nothing more. This handset should be unleashed upon China by the end of August.
MediaTek Helio G90 surfaces on AnTuTu and Geekbench
Not long after MediaTek announced its first mobile SoC focused on gaming handsets, namely the Helio G90, this chip surfaced on both Geekbench and AnTuTu. According to the results it obtained, the MediaTek Helio G90 ranks between the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 and the HiSilicon Kirin 810.
Hitman 3 is in development already, Hitman 2 gets a new map
As revealed in a YouTube documentary by IO Interactive employees, a third Hitman game is already in the works. Hitman 2 gets a new DLC today, namely Siberia (The Prison), and Hitman 3 could bring back the episodic structure that was present in the first Hitman title, which was released back in 2016.
Action Launcher 42 now available with theme enhancements and improved integration
Released at the end of last week, Action Launcher 42 comes with full theme support — light, dark, and full black options available, color matching and custom color selection for the Quicktheme feature, improved Google Discover/Now and ActionDash integration, and more. This app requires Android 5.0 Lollipop or later.
LG files for "Folds" and "Arc" trademarks
While there is no official statement regarding LG's plans for foldable and bendable devices, at least they are going for two names. The South Korean OEM has recently filed for two new trademarks and none of them seems to bring anything new to the market — "Arc" and "Folds" are not the most original names they could have come up with.
Doom and Doom II now available for iOS and Android
The legendary FPS titles Doom and Doom II are now finally available for iOS and Android handsets. While they are not free, they come for a fair price of US$4.99 each. Doom includes the "Thy Flesh Consumed" expansion and Doom 2 comes with 20 new levels, four-player co-op, and four-player multiplayer.
Google Atlas hits FCC, might be the Pixelbook 2
The Google device codenamed "Atlas" has just surfaced in an FCC listing. If the rumor turns out to be true, this portable made by Quanta Computer Inc. will soon hit the market as the Pixelbook 2. Unfortunately, the aforementioned listing only confirms the presence of WiFi 802.11 ac and Bluetooth 5.0 support.
All three iPhone models to launch in 2020 will feature 5G connectivity
Although previous rumors claimed otherwise, a recent report by popular Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reveals that all three iPhone models that are expected to arrive in 2020 will feature 5G connectivity. All these upcoming devices — 5.4, 6.1, and 6.7 inches in size — are expected to sport OLED displays.
Microsoft drops the "Online" from Office Online
Since many major software suites are slowly moving to an online-only approach, it is not a big surprise that Microsoft has decided to rename its Office Online suite by removing the "Online" part. However, the branding change does not apply to the following server products: Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Project Online, and Office Online Server.
Worms W.M.D: Play it for free until Sunday at 1 PM PDT
Released back in August 2016, Worms W.M.D is closely related to Worms Armageddon in terms of gameplay, adding new features such as tanks and buildings that can be used for protection. Available for multiple platforms, Worms W.M.D is available for free on Steam until Sunday, but those interested can buy it for 66 percent off until the end of the month.
Helio A22-powered Vivo Y90 launches in India
The Vivo Y90 has nothing out of the ordinary since it is a handset tailored for budget-conscious consumers. This MediaTek Helio A22-driven smartphone features only 2 GB of memory, 16 GB of internal storage, and no dual camera or Android Pie. However, it also has a price tag equivalent with around US$101.
Pokemon Masters pre-registration has begun
The result of a recent partnership between DeNA and The Pokemon Company, Pokemon Masters is a new strategy game that throws into 3-on-3 real battles sync pairs that consist of a Trainer and a Pokemon. Those interested can pre-register for this free-to-play mobile game on both the App Store and Google Play.
Google Photos gets lighter as Gallery Go — an Android Go app designed for offline use
Gallery Go was introduced earlier today during a special event held by Google Nigeria. This app is optimized for Android Go devices and focuses on offline capabilities while offering some machine learning-based capabilities already present in Google Photos. Gallery Go has only 10 MB in size and works on devices powered by Android 8.1 Oreo or later.
Upcoming 16-inch MacBook Pro rumored to start at US$3,000 without moving to OLED
Although the upcoming 16-inch MacBook Pro will target professionals who have a generous budget and is rumored to start at US$3,000, we are also hearing that Apple will not move to an OLED panel. The yet-to-be-confirmed portable is expected to feature an LCD panel with a resolution of 3,072 x 1,920 pixels.
The Huawei Nova 5i Pro has an official launch date: July 26
Around a month since the introduction of the Nova 5 series, Huawei is ready to unleash the Note 5i Pro. This phone with a 6.26-inch display and a HiSilicon Kirin 810 processor will be unveiled in China on July 26 with a price tag of CN¥2,000 — around US$290. Unfortunately, there is no information about its global release yet.
NASA 50th Anniversary Watch by Xeric exceeds its goal by almost 100 times with more than two weeks to go
The 50th Anniversary watch by Xeric is the result of a collaboration between the watchmaking company and NASA. This already looks like a success: with 16 days to go, the Kickstarter project that involves this (non-smart) wearable is at over US$970,000. To get one of these special watches, one should pledge at least US$169.
Star Citizen Alpha 3.6 goes live with a full law and crime overhaul
Three months since the release of the Alpha 3.5 update, Star Citizen Alpha 3.6 comes with a complete overhaul of the law and crime systems, hover mode for ships and vehicles, a few new vehicles/ships and weapons, as well as illegal style delivery missions for prohibited and stolen goods. The 3.7 update is expected to arrive in September.
Plants vs Zombies 3 is now in pre-Alpha stage
Six years since the release of Plants vs Zombies 2 for phones and tablets, Plants vs Zombies 3 is now ready for Android users ready to take it for a spin in a very early stage. A pre-Alpha version has just surfaced on Google Play, but only a limited number of downloads is available — and it looks like the first wave of testers is already full.
Redmi's first 64 MP image sample looks impressive
With more than two weeks until the release of Samsung's next-gen flagships — which are also supposed to feature a 64 MP camera — Xiaomi's unveils the first 64 MP image sample taken using an upcoming Redmi device. The sensor used in its camera is the Samsung GW1 and the result looks simply great.
LG Pay now available in the US
After countless delays, LG Pay is now finally available for the US market. This mobile payment service will be supported by the LG G8 ThinQ at launch and will reach the LG V50, V40, V35, and G7 ThinQ in the coming months. LG Pay supports both NFC and WMC payments, working in all locations where Mastercard and Visa are accepted.
Netflix will offer a cheaper, mobile-only plan in several markets
The new Netflix plan only allows its users to watch the content on a single device — smartphone/phablet or tablet — at a time. It does not work on streaming devices such as Roku or Chromecast, PCs/laptops, or smart TVs. In India, the new plan will be available for the equivalent of US$3.63 per month.
Samsung’s upcoming 45 W fast charger will cost almost as much as a low-end smartphone
Samsung is apparently to give consumers one more reason to hate it: the company is planning to launch the Galaxy Note 10 with 45 W fast charging support, but without a charger to meet the requirements in the retail package. The 45 W charger — codenamed EP-TA845 — will be available separately and is expected to cost over US$55.
Unofficial video shows all three iPhone 11 models
The upcoming three smartphones by Apple — expected to hit the market as the iPhone 11 or iPhone XI family — have about the same size as their predecessors, but come with a triple rear camera setup with a rumored zoom factor of 3X. The main camera assembly is placed in a square area with a noticeable bump.
Google discontinues the AdSense apps for Android and iOS
Google has decided to focus its efforts on the AdSense mobile web interface and discontinue the mobile apps. Those using AdSense on mobile devices were probably expecting this, since the Android app has not been updated since December 2017 and the iOS AdSense app received its latest refresh on November 2017.
Exynos 9825-powered Galaxy Note 10 hits Geekbench
The next-gen Exynos 9825-powered Samsung Galaxy flagships are flooding Geekbench and the results definitely look good. Alongside the Galaxy Note 10 (SM-N970F), the Galaxy S10+ (SM-G975F) was also spotted on the website of the aforementioned benchmark database. In both cases, the scores were around 4,500 for single-core and over 10,000 for the multi-core tests.
Facebook might get FTC's largest fine ever: US$5 billion
As impressive as it may be, the US$5 billion fine that Facebook could be subjected to — after the review of this settlement by the Department of Justice — only accounts for 9 percent of the revenue obtained by the company in 2018. According to some senators and Congress members, this is not enough to get Facebook back in line.
Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+ got an update that locks users out randomly
The latest update for the Samsung Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ locked its users out, requiring them to enter a PIN and restarting repeatedly no matter what they entered. Unfortunately, it looks like performing a Factory data reset is the only solution available for those affected by this issue.
Get it while you can: Age of Wonders III is now free on Steam
Age of Wonders III arrived at the end of March 2014 for Microsoft Windows, but it became available for OS X and Linux as well one year later. Now, those interested can grab the original release for free via Steam until July 15 — and keep it forever after that, of course. Sadly, there are no expansions included and the free game will not generate any Steam trading cards.
Psychonauts 2 has been pushed to 2020
Originally scheduled to arrive in 2018, Psychonauts 2 was expected to arrive later this year. This title for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 looks like its predecessor with improved graphics and a few new ideas. Sadly, its launch has been pushed to 2020 and we can only hope that it will not get another delay next year.
Microsoft opens first physical retail store in the UK
The new Oxford Circus flagship store in London is also Microsoft's first physical retail store in the UK. This venue covers no less than 22,000 square feet over three floors and brings together Surface devices, HoloLens, the Xbox Gaming Lounge, a Selfie Area, and more. The staff can provide assistance in no less than 45 languages.
World of Warplanes 2.1 now available with drastic tech tree changes, new equipment, and more
After more than six years since its initial release, World of Warplanes has just been updated to version 2.1. This new build comes with a Europe tech tree that replaces the previously available France tab, quite a few new premium and special reward planes, new equipment, as well as various tweaks and fixes.
Huawei Mate 20 X 5G to hit China on July 26
Recently made available for pre-order in UAE, the Huawei Mate 20 X 5G is now ready to launch in China. This massive phablet that sports a 7.2-inch OLED display with a waterdrop notch will debut in its home market on July 26 and is expected to carry a price tag equivalent with around US$1,100.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 specs list spotted, dual main camera and in-display fingerprint reader included
A brand-new report on the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 confirms some of the specs that we already heard about — Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, dual main camera, Android 9.0 Pie-based firmware — and also reveals some fresh details, including the two storage variants (128 and 256 GB), 13 + 5 MP sensors, 8 MP selfie shooter, Samsung DeX support, and more.
Production of a 16-inch MacBook Pro rumored to start in the final quarter of 2019
This is not the first time that a 16-inch MacBook hits the rumor mill, but the latest leak that concerns Apple's upcoming portable comes with some new information. To be more specific, now we know that the tech giant headquartered in Cupertino is set to begin mass production of the 16-inch MacBook Pro in the last quarter of 2019.
Camera failed: Note 9 and Galaxy S9 users face a new software bug
The "Camera failure" error is not new to Samsung as its handsets were being hit by such camera-related bugs quite often in the past. Now, the time has come for those who own the high-end Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy S9 to bump into this issue as well. The bug seems to appear only when shooting in Night mode.
Microsoft patent for detachable controllers for mobile devices surfaces online
The patent application filed by Microsoft back in 2017 has surfaced online now and the document made available by the USPTO clearly shows diagrams of detachable controllers that have been designed to work with smartphones and tablets. Obviously, it might take a while for such products to hit the market and is also possible for Microsoft to drop the idea.
5G variant of the Snapdragon 855-powered Samsung Galaxy A90 hits Geekbench
Confirming some earlier leaks, the Samsung device carrying the model number SM-A908N surfaced on Geekbench. This 5G variant of the Galaxy A90 sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor and 6 GB of memory, runs on Android 9.0 Pie-based software, and its Geekbench 4 benchmark results place it next to the Galaxy S10.
StarCraft Remastered goes all cartoonish thanks to the Cartooned mod
If the two-year-old StarCraft: Remastered was not enough to draw the attention of the hardcore fans of Blizzard's iconic title that was released at the end of March 1998, the Cartooned mod might make them finally pay attention to it. The US$9.99 mod comes with all-new, cartoon-style graphics and is fully compatible with online play.
Colorful intros new NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER and RTX 2060 SUPER custom graphics cards, RTX 2080 SUPER to come soon as well
The two video cards by Colorful based on the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER feature advanced cooling solutions, the more advanced of them — the iGame RTX 2070 SUPER VULCAN X OC — also sporting an LCD 2.0 display and a 16 + 3 VRM design. The iGame RTX 2060 SUPER Neptune Lite OC features a liquid-cooled design.
Intel's upcoming "Comet Lake" processor family leaks online, prices could start at US$129 for a quad-core
The Intel Core "Comet Lake" processor family has leaked out along specifications of no less than 13 different SKUs, alongside most of their prices and rumors concerning the LGA 1159 platform. The quad-core i3-10100 will apparently carry a price tag of US$129 and the most affordable deca-core revealed by the leak — the i9-10800F — starts at US$409.
MediaTek Helio P60-powered Realme 3i hits Geekbench
The MediaTek Helio P70-powered Realme 3 handset will get a compact sibling. The alleged Realme 3i surfaced on Geekbench as the RMX1827 with the slower Helio P60 processor, 3 GB of memory, and Android 9.0 Pie-based firmware. Teased on Flipkart as a "Real Champion," the Realme 3i should hit India next week.
OxygenOS 9.5.9 comes with new camera features for the OnePlus 7 Pro
In addition to the usual system optimizations and general bug fixes, the OxygenOS 9.5.9 OTA update for the OnePlus 7 Pro comes with new enhancements for the camera: improved back-to-front switching, faster autofocus, advanced Panorama mode photo-stitching, as well as better quality of 48 MP JPG images in Pro mode.
Debian 10 "buster" now available for download
The latest stable Debian release is codenamed "buster" and comes at the end of a 25-month development period. Debian 10 will be supported for the next five years and comes with many updated packages, support for ten architectures — including older 32-bit PCs, as well as a wide range of desktop environments: Cinnamon, GNOME, KDE Plasma, LXDE, LXQt, MATE, and Xfce.
Samsung Galaxy A10s gets one more certification
If there were still some doubts left regarding the name of the next device to join the Galaxy A10 lineup, a new certification body confirms that the Galaxy A10s with the model number SM-A107F/DS is in the cards. Sadly, the details that have been listed online in relation to this specific certification do not confirm any specs or features.
AMD Radeon Adrenalin 19.7.1 driver comes with new image sharpening and anti-lag features
Fully compatible with a wide range of graphics adapters, the AMD Radeon Adrenalin Edition 19.7.1 driver comes with a new image sharpening feature (on AMD Radeon RX 5700 hardware in DirectX 9, DirectX 12, and Vulkan titles) and anti-lag for DirectX 9 and DirectX 11 games, which improves input-to-display response time by up to 31 percent.
Microsoft Puppets: SwiftKey gets Animoji-like virtual characters
SwiftKey users will soon be able to create their own virtual character that matches their head movements and facial expressions. This AR emoji feature is similar to Apple's Animoji and currently comes with five characters: Dinosaur, Panda, Cat, Owl, and Dog. For now, it is only available in SwiftKey Beta.
Huawei trademarks new apps, most likely to be integrated into HongMeng OS
Although its relationship with the US has improved a lot and last month's troubles seem to be gone, Huawei is working hard on its own operating system. HongMeng OS will replace Android on a wide range of devices and some of its components — LiveFace, Meetime, LinkTime, and Belink — have just been trademarked.
Why everyone needs a fast internet connection
Over the last decade, the speed of internet connections — with a focus on mobile internet and fixed optical fiber connections — available everywhere increased at a tremendous rate. In this article, we take a quick look at the history of this field, focusing on the past, present, and future use cases that benefit from a fast connection.
DxOMark: The Samsung Galaxy A50 fails to impress
The triple camera setup of the Galaxy A50 failed to impress on DxOMark, although its specs are impressive. According to DxOMark, the images produced by this Samsung phone lack detail, the autofocus often fails to work in low-light conditions, geometric shift and localized low detail artifacts are also visible quite frequently.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845-powered Vivo iQOO Neo joins the gaming smartphone niche
While the regular Vivo iQOO features the top-of-the-line Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, the new iQOO Neo is only powered by the flagship processor of the previous generation, namely the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845. This new handset also sports up to 8 GB of memory and 128 GB of internal storage space, liquid cooling, and a 4,500 mAh battery.
Samsung Galaxy S11 concept surfaces online, quad main camera in tow
Although nothing more than an unofficial render that looks more like a sketch, the image that surfaced on Twitter claiming to show what the next-gen Galaxy S flagship looks like reveals two key features: a quad-camera assembly on the back and a selfie shooter placed under the display — apparently thanks to a cutout.
Alleged Galaxy A30s hits Geekbench
The Geekbench entry for a Samsung device known as SM-A307FN suggests that the upcoming Galaxy A30s could be very similar to the Galaxy A30. The listing on the popular benchmark database reveals the same Exynos 7904 processor and 3 GB of memory, but a 4 GB version could surface in the coming days as well.
Motorola XT2025-1 hits FCC
While everyone is expecting for the return of the legendary Motorola Razr, the US market should get ready to receive another handset from this brand. Unfortunately, this phone has no official name yet. For now, all we know is that it bears the model name XT2025-1 and was recently listed on the website of the Federal Communications Commission.
The tablet market is expected to hit US$600 billion by 2026
Although tablets were expected to go extinct, a new study by Future Market Insights predicts that the demand for such pieces of hardware "will surge extensively in the upcoming years" thanks to multiple reasons. This report claims that global tablet sales for the decade ending in 2026 will bring in no less than US$600 billion.
The original Diablo hits Nintendo Switch, but as an unofficial port
DevilutionX — an unofficial Diablo version that has been developed using code obtained by reverse-engineering the original game — is now available for Nintendo Switch. However, not all Nintendo Switch units can run it since the consoles need to run homebrew to allow their owners to play this rather special Diablo flavor.
Canalys: 5G phone shipments will overtake 4G in 2023
According to Canalys mobile VP Nicole Peng, 5G smartphones will see a rapid adoption in China thanks to the strong government roadmap and the financial capabilities of the local operators. Global 5G phone shipments are expected to hit 800 million units in 2023 — more than 51 percent of the entire market, reveals the research firm.
Mid-range LG Stylo 5 hits Cricket Wireless
The latest device to join the Stylo lineup comes with a Cricket Wireless-exclusive color choice, namely Blonde Rose. Also available in Platinum Gray, this US$229.99 handset features an unspecified octa-core processor, stylus support, a 6.2-inch full HD+ screen (no notch or cutout), and 32 GB of internal storage space.
Three months since its introduction, the Samsung Galaxy A80 finally hits the market
Samsung's first phablet without a notch and/or cutout — thanks to the sliding camera assembly — is finally going on sale both online and offline in select markets across the globe about three months since its debut. The Galaxy A80 is priced at more than US$730 and comes in Angel Gold, Ghost White, and Phantom Black.
Trade Wars: The saga continues with Japan vs. South Korea
The trade restrictions that Japan has just announced will make it harder for companies such as Samsung and LG to buy various materials used in both chips and smartphones. The list of these materials includes resist, hydrogen fluoride, and fluorinated polyimide. Starting July 4, local companies will need the government's approval to export such materials to South Korea.
The Bixby Marketplace goes live in the US and South Korea
Samsung's answer to Google Play replaces apps with capsules, aiming to lay the foundation "for an open ecosystem of useful services that developers will continuously enrich, and users will be able to make their mobile experience more personal and intuitive." Sadly, this service is only available in the US and South Korea for now.
Firefox should get a random password generator this fall
Google Chrome and other Chromium-based browsers had a random password generator feature since last year's fall, so the fact that Firefox is getting it as well should not surprise anyone. This feature is already available in the latest Nightly version of Mozilla's browser and should hit the Stable branch this fall.
Xiaomi Mi CC9e to launch in China with four storage variants and three color choices
With a name that stands for "Curious & Creative," the Xiaomi Mi CC9e will soon launch in China with 4/6 GB of memory and 64/128 GB of storage space. Expected to use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor, this handset will allegedly feature a 48 MP triple camera setup on the back and will start at roughly US$230.
AnTuTu news: Huawei's Kirin 810 beats the Snapdragon 730 as expected
Only a few days after Huawei unveiled the 7 nm HiSilicon Kirin 810 mobile processor, the upcoming Nova 5 handset surfaced on AnTuTu with this new piece of silicon inside. Its score of no less than 237,437 places it well in front of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730, which usually tops around 210,000.
Harry Potter: Wizards Unite now live (almost) globally
Announced in early November 2017 and released as a Beta back in April/May (New Zealand/Australia), Harry Potter: Wizards Unite finally became available for the general public — on both Android and iOS — on June 21. However, this mobile location-based augmented reality title is still reaching new markets as we speak.
45 W charging might debut with the Galaxy A90
Although 45 W fast charging is expected to make its debut with the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Pro, the upcoming Galaxy A90 might become the first Samsung handset to feature this technology. For now, Samsung is stuck at 25 W when it comes to fast charging and some reports claim that the Note 10 lineup will not move forward.
Olixar cases for Samsung Galaxy Note 10 show up online
Although the next-gen Galaxy Note phablet is expected to be revealed in early August, Mobile Fun has just done it again and unveiled a bunch of Olixar cases for this upcoming device. These products reveal that Note 10 will also have a Pro version and both feature a middle-mounted selfie shooter and Sound on Display.
Lenovo Z6 confirmed to feature triple cameras by Sony, Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 processor
The Lenovo Z6 will soon take its place in Lenovo's portfolio straight between the Snapdragon 855-powered Z6 Pro flagship and the Snapdragon 710-driven mid-range Z6 Youth Edition. This upcoming handset will come with Sony AI triple cameras, two-day battery life, and a new processor — most likely the Snapdragon 730.
Vivaldi 2.6 brings native content blocking, even more customization options
With a total of 11 new features and no less than 57 bugs squashed, Vivaldi 2.6 is a solid update to the browser that was created to be Opera 12's spiritual successor. This new release comes with a native content blocking mechanism, new customization options, multiple performance improvements, and more.
Codename: Renaissance — Samsung Galaxy Watch 2 might arrive in early August
According to a source familiar with the inner workings of the South Korean tech giant, Samsung is planning to revive the Galaxy Watch lineup on August 7. The codename of the Galaxy Watch 2 is "Renaissance" but there is no information about its specs and features. However, we can safely assume that a digital bezel is present.
Orange and ZTE demo various 5G applications in Spain
Although ZTE is also affected by various bans similar to those imposed by the US on Huawei, this Chinese brand seems to be doing all right in Spain. Yesterday, Orange and its Chinese partner have shown various 5G applications at the Global 5G Event and the European Conference on Networks and Communications (EuCNC) in Valencia.
Chromium-based Microsoft Edge for Windows 7 and 8.1 now available for download
Although these are only the first preview builds to reach the public, those interested in trying Edge on Windows 7 and 8/8.1 can finally do so. Microsoft Edge now uses a Chromium core, the same that can be found inside Google Chrome, Vivaldi, Brave, and Opera. The downloads are available on the official Microsoft Edge Insider website.
Motorola One Action hits FCC
Shortly after its full specs surfaced online, the upcoming Motorola One Action was spotted on FCC's website. This listing confirms the specs that became public last week, including the Exynos 9609 processor, up to 4 GB of memory and 128 GB of internal storage space, as well as a 6.3-inch full HD+ display.
Oppo's under-display camera smartphone might arrive next week
Showcased last month, Oppo's under-display camera technology seems to be ready for the masses. A recently released poster carries the "not only comprehensive" slogan and suggests that the company's next handset will carry more than just a full-screen design, although it does not reveal exactly what is this all about.
Keychain-sized Chargerito is apparently the smallest phone charger ever
After the successful completion of its Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, the Chargerito phone charger is now up for sale. Priced at US$25, this accessory only measures 2x0.6x1.8 inches and can deliver a 5 V, 1 A, 5 W output. Available in both micro USB and USB Type-C versions, this accessory can be easily stored thanks to its folding prongs.
Infect yourself with multiple viruses to increase your net worth — it seems to work with laptops
The Samsung NC10-14GB netbook that was sold at an auction for a staggering US$1,345,000 is a 2008 model that runs Windows XP SP3 and comes loaded with 6 pieces of malware that have caused damages of over US$95 billion, namely ILOVEYOU, MyDoom, SoBig, WannaCry, BlackEnergy, and DarkTequila.
Microsoft Edge will hit Linux sooner or later
Once considered something impossible, Microsoft Edge's availability for Linux is now in sight. According to the developer team behind it, Microsoft's browser is not ready for Linux yet, but there is no technical difficulty that can keep this piece of code away from the Unix-based open source operating system.
Latest Wear OS update comes with a Tiles manager
After applying the latest Wear OS update, those using compatible smart wearables will be able to manage the tiles from the connected smartphones, as well as from the smartwatches themselves. The list of tiles that can be added includes Google News Headlines, Google Fit Goals, Google Calendar Next event, and so on.
US$19.99 UMIDIGI Ubeats Bluetooth 5.0 earphone promises 12 hours playtime
Advertised as "the most advanced 12h playtime Bluetooth 5.0 earphone" created by UMIDIGI so far, the Qualcomm QCC3003-powered Ubeats provides up to 12 hours of autonomy on a single charge and will go on sale via AliExpress next Monday at just US$19.99. Ten lucky people can get the UMIDIGI Ubeats for free as part of a giveaway that will end in 18 days.
Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition closed Steam beta kicks off on June 18
Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition is not here yet, but a closed Steam beta test is set to start on June 18, when 1,500 eligible users will be chosen to join the battle. A larger wave of Age Insiders will be invited to take this 4K Ultra HD remake — which also features remastered audio — for a spin on June 24.
HTC still kicking: U19e specs surface online, official launch is around the corner
One day before its alleged official launch date, the HTC U19e surfaces online once again. Its specs and features apparently include the Snapdragon 7110 processor, 6 GB of memory, 128 GB of internal storage, dual cameras on both sides, a 3,930 mAh battery, as well as Android 9.0 Pie-based software.
Prepare your wallet: Firefox Premium might launch later this year
In a recent interview, Mozilla CEO Chris Beard confirmed that premium services are coming soon. A VPN service and cloud capabilities could be bundled in a premium browser for those interested in paying for such features. The VPN and online storage services would be offered by Mozilla and its partners.
Redmi K20 Pro Reloaded: Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro hits Geekbench
The Geekbench listing for the upcoming Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro shows that this phablet has the same hardware specs as the existing Redmi K20 Pro. The 6.39-inch flagship for budget-conscious customers will be unveiled on June 12 alongside the Mi 9T, which is probably nothing else than a rebranded Redmi K20.
Forget about those BIOS updates: Pre-X570 mainboards will not support PCIe Gen 4
Although recent BIOS updates for X370- and X470-based mainboards were supposed to include PCIe Gen 4 support, AMD's Robert Hallock has just confirmed on Reddit that this option will not be available in the final firmware releases for 3rd generation Ryzen (AGESA 1000+). Obviously, most of those who replied to his message consider this a mistake.
War Thunder 1.89 "Imperial Navy" goes live with Japanese ships, two new locations, and more
War Thunder 1.89 "Imperial Navy" comes with a full naval tech tree for Japan, a first — premium, as usual — helicopter for the same nation, a few new ground vehicles — the long-awaited French Leclerc tank is one of them — and planes for most nations, two new locations, reworked clouds, and more.
Early demo of Android Q desktop mode surfaces online
A developer has recently unveiled a video that shows the latest Android Q beta on the Essential Phone, which is wired to a portable monitor alongside a Bluetooth keyboard. With this setup, he is able to take the upcoming Android Q desktop mode for a spin, but he is using an experimental launcher to make it all work.
Microsoft Edge gets picture-in-picture mode on Android Oreo and later
With today's release, which brings its version number to 126.96.36.19938, Microsoft Edge for Android gets support for picture-in-picture mode. Although this mobile browser works with Android 4.4 KitKat and later, the aforementioned feature is only available for devices that run at least Android Oreo.
We are all sick: Gaming addiction is now recognized as a disease
Video game addition was defined by the World Health Organisation as a disorder in late 2017, and now it has been finally recognized as a disease that will be placed in line with gambling addition starting in 2022. However, it will take at least a few more years until this definition will start to have effects in real life.
Kingston intros the high-performance KC2000 NVMe PCIe SSD lineup
Available in 250 GB, 500 GB, 1 TB, and 2 TB capacities, the Kingston KC2000 NVMe PCIe SSD can hit read and write speeds of up to 3,200 and 2,200 MB/s. In terms of security, this new storage solution comes with 256-bit AES hardware encryption and support for TCG Opal 2.0 security management.
Two-year old adventure puzzle title RiME now free via the Epic Games Store
Although the deal does not cover the Steam or console versions of the game, those interested in taking RiME for a spin on their Windows PCs can grab it for free from the Epic Games Store. This offer will expire on May 30, when City of Brass will replace it as a new Epic Games Store freebie.
Android Pie-based OxygenOS 9.0.2 coming to the OnePlus 3 and 3T
OxygenOS 9.0.2 comes to the OnePlus 3 and 3T with the April 2019 security patch from Google, a brand-new user interface, Google Duo support in the Dialer, a new gaming mode (3.0, with notification for third party calls and displaying the text content of the heads-up notifications), Google Lens support, as well as various bug fixes and tweaks.
The Sims 4 is free on Origin until May 28, so hurry up
Released for Windows in September 2014 and for macOS in February 2015, The Sims 4 received mixed reviews from both the press and the general public. Now, anyone can enjoy it for free thanks to Origin's generosity. Sadly, only the Windows and macOS variants of the game are part of this deal which will last until May 28.
Samsung Galaxy A10e hits FCC
The Samsung Galaxy A10e with model number SM-102U has just been spotted on FCC, but the only piece of information revealed is the battery model number, namely EB-BA202ABU. If the rumors turn out to be true, this handset will launch as a slightly cheaper (and less potent, obviously) Galaxy A10.
Huawei Nova 5 certified in China, 40 W charging in tow
Although Huawei still has to confirm their existence, the Nova 5 and Nova 5i have been both spotted recently on the website of various certification bodies such as ECC, FCC, and 3C. The 3C certification received by the Nova 5 is the latest such event, and it confirms the 40 W charging capabilities of the device.
Windows 10 May update (version 1903) rolls out
Microsoft has just begun to roll out the feature update for Windows 10 with the version number 1903. The list of changes is quite long and includes the "reserved storage" feature, a new light desktop theme option, Windows Sandbox (it does exactly what the name says), the long-awaited unified Search box, and much more.
Galaxy-optimized Adobe Premiere Rush now available for download
Adobe Premiere Rush is now fully optimized for the Galaxy S9, Galaxy Note 9, and Galaxy S10 devices. This piece of code provides multiple features such as AI-powered audio clean up, graphics creation and audio mixing, customizable Motion Graphics templates, HDR10+ and Samsung DeX support, and more.
QNAP reveals the QNA-UC5G1T USB 3.0 to 5 GbE adapter for NAS and computers
Thanks to the QNAP QNA-UC5G1T USB 3.0 to 5 GbE adapter, laptops without an Ethernet port can connect to wired networks at speeds of up to 5 Gbps via USB 3.0. However, this piece of hardware can also be used to add extra Ethernet ports to NAS devices. The QNA-UC5G1T should hit the US market by mid-June.
Trouble in paradise: Google Pixel 3a/3a XL users are facing random shutdowns
Although Google has a rich experience with Android devices, some of its latest Pixel handsets are now affected by an ancient plague: random shutdowns. After quite a few such incident reports that have been posted on Reddit recently, it seems that the cause of this problem is software-related, but a hardware cause cannot be excluded, either.
Alleged Redmi 7A hits TENAA
Although there is no official confirmation yet, the Redmi M1903C3EC device that has recently been spotted on the website of Chinese certification authority TENAA seems to be the upcoming Redmi 7A handset. Its alleged specs, such as the single 13 MP main camera and the 5.45-inch HD+ display, place it in the low-end sector of the market.
Unofficial AMD X570 platform diagram surfaces online, as well as images of MSI X570-based mainboards
Codenamed "Valhalla," the X570 chipset brings PCIe 4.0 to consumer desktop computers. The motherboards to use it will support the upcoming EPYC and Ryzen processors. Although not official yet, images of two MSI boards that use the X570 chipset have just been spotted as well, so the launch of the platform is imminent.
Firefox 67.0 rolls out with WebRender, performance improvements, and more
Although apparently not available in this moment, Firefox 67 is scheduled to arrive today all over the world. The new release of Mozilla's browser comes with private browsing mode extension controls, WebRender enabled for 5 percent of compatible systems, as well as various performance improvements and fixes.
HongMeng OS: This is the name of Huawei's Android replacement
Given the trouble that Huawei has been having lately, it is not surprising to find out that the Chinese giant is already working on a Google Android replacement. Media reports confirm that HongMeng OS is in the trial phase already and if the Android ban stays in place, this will become the firmware of choice for new Huawei handsets.
Codemasters unleashes the first F1 2019 official game trailer
The trailer of F1 2019 — the official videogame of the 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship — is now live. The trailer shows a "stunning visual uplift" and features the official F1 theme music written by Brian Tyler. The list of cars present in the game starts with the 1972 Lotus 72D and goes all the way to the 2010 Red Bull RB6, McLaren MP4-25, and Ferrari F10.
New characters and lure modules coming to Pokemon GO
Cherubi, Gible, Hippopotas, and other Pokemon originally discovered in the Sinnoh region are now coming to other areas. The latest Pokemon GO update also comes with a new Ground-type move (Earth Power), as well as Glacial Lure Modules, Mossy Lure Modules, and Magnetic Lure Modules.
Redmi Note 7S is nothing else but the Redmi Note 7 for India
Apparently the same phone as the global variant of the Redmi Note 7, the Redmi Note 7S will be available for purchase in India later this week. The starting price of this Qualcomm Snapdragon 660-powered handset is around US$158 for the 3/32 GB variant. The 4/64 GB model can be acquired for about US$187.
One UI update rolls out for the Galaxy Watch, Gear S3, and Gear Sport
The latest software update for the Galaxy Watch, Gear S3, and Gear Sport is now rolling out over-the-air. The new One UI firmware comes with improved sleep and workout tracking, an updated settings menu, the ability to turn on and off the sleeping mode, as well as various minor tweaks and fixes.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 710-powered Lenovo L38111 hits Geekbench
Certified by the Chinese telecommunications regulatory authority TENAA earlier this month, the 6.3-inch mid-range Lenovo L38111 has just been spotted on Geekbench. According to the benchmark database, its specs include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor and 6 GB of memory, with Android 9.0 Pie on top.
LG V50 ThinQ 5G hits a download speed of 1.1 Gbps in Seoul
According to tests performed by LG Uplus in dense areas within Seoul such as Magok and Jongno, the LG V50 ThinQ 5G can hit an impressive download speed of no less than 1.1 Gbps. Thanks to the features of this handset and this impressive mobile connection, V50 ThinQ 5G users can enjoy a wide range of AR and VR applications, as well as 8K videos.
Minecraft Earth is a brand-new, free-to-play, 10th anniversary title to join the Minecraft family
The recently unveiled Minecraft Earth is a free-to-play, augmented reality Minecraft title to be added to the Minecraft universe. However, those interested can only sign up for a chance to play the limited beta — which is scheduled to arrive this summer — for now. Signing up will also get them a free Earth skin for Minecraft Bedrock.
Oppo A9X press renders and full specs leak online
Expected to launch on May 21, the upcoming Oppo A9X is similar to the Oppo F11 in both looks and specs. This phablet-sized device with a 6.5-inch display has a 48 + 5 MP main camera setup, MediaTek Helio P70 processor, 6 GB of memory, 128 GB of internal storage, and runs Android 9.0 Pie-based firmware out of the box.
Samsung Galaxy S10 5G hits Verizon in black and silver
Verizon Wireless customers who would like to get the fastest mobile connection speed in the US can now grab the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G from retail locations or with free 2-day shipping. However, this handset does not come cheap — the retail price of the 256 GB variant is US$1,299 (for 512 GB of storage, the buyer should cash out US$100 more).
Samsung and Huawei bury the hatchet in China
The legal battle between Samsung and Huawei that involves multiple patent infringement cases seems to be finally reaching its end — at least for the time being. After settling their lawsuits in the US earlier this year, the two tech giants are now burying the hatchet in China as well, according to the local press.
We are disposable: Amazon to replace more human jobs with robots
Thanks to the latest developments in automation and robotics, Amazon needed almost 20,000 fewer workers in 2018 than in 2017. In the coming months, machines that pack orders — which are currently being tested — might burn over 1,300 human warehouse jobs at the 55 fulfillment centers for standard-sized inventory operated by Amazon US.
NVIDIA GeForce Game Ready driver 430.64 comes with day-one support for Rage 2 and Total War: Three Kingdoms, 18 percent performance boost in World War Z
The latest driver update for NVIDIA GeForce cards, labeled 430.64, brings a performance boost of up to 18 percent in World War Z, as well as day-one support for Rage 2 and Total War: Three Kingdoms. However, the HD Audio Driver and PhysX System Software components have not been updated this time around.
Vivaldi 2.5 comes with Razer Chroma support
Vivaldi 2.5 is now live and this update turns Opera 12's spiritual successor into the first browser to feature full integration with Razer Chroma — the world's largest lighting ecosystem for gaming devices. Other noticeable changes are the ability to resize Speed Dial thumbnails and improved Tab Selection options.
Grand Theft Crypto: Hackers steal the equivalent of over US$40 million from Binance
Although the security breach that has just been discovered by Binance impacted the BTC hot wallet only — which contained only about 2 percent of the total BTC holdings of the exchange — the hackers managed to withdraw 7,000 BTC in a single transaction. Fortunately, Binance will cover this incident in full and no user funds will be affected.
The Linux kernel update 5.1 comes with live patching, multiple performance and security improvements
The new Linux kernel update integrates support for using persistent storage as regular system memory, a new Linux Security Module (LSM), live patching, as well as multiple minor tweaks and fixes. All these will be included in the first point release that should go live later this month, but those in a hurry can grab the sources and compile the new kernel right now.
Samsung intros the Exynos i T100 single-chip IoT solution
The Exynos i T100, Samsung's latest IoT solution is now official as a 28 nm chip that targets short-range devices that automate and control environments within homes or businesses. Its list of features and capabilities includes BLE 5.0 and Zigbee 3.0 support, as well as a hardware block for data encryption.
Honor 20 Lite now official, 32 MP selfie shooter and triple main camera setup in tow
Although it also sports a 32 MP selfie shooter and a 24 MP triple camera on the back, the Honor 20 Lite is not a rebranded Honor 20i. Available in blue and red, this new handset is powered by a Kirin 710 processor and sports a 6.21-inch borderless display, 4 GB of memory, and 128 GB of internal storage.
Samsung Galaxy Fold has no official release date yet
If missing the initial release date of April 26 was not bad enough, Samsung is now having it worse: according to the company's officials, a new release date for the Galaxy Fold cannot be confirmed yet. Unfortunately, this can only mean one thing — Samsung is struggling to iron out the serious display problems of its foldable device.
Oppo A9 with 4 GB RAM now official in China
Launched with 6 GB of memory and 128 GB of internal storage space, the Oppo A9 has just received a new configuration. The 4 GB/128 GB Oppo A9 will hit the Chinese market on May 10, slightly cheaper than its aforementioned sibling. However, the color choices remain the same — green, white, and purple.
Realme X coming to China next week, possibly alongside the Realme X Youth
Although the Realme X has an official launch date — May 15 — there are still no technical details to talk about. However, it is rumored that this handset will come with a full HD+ 6.5-inch display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 processor, an in-display fingerprint reader, and a 48 MP dual camera setup on the back. The Realme X Youth is rumored to be a rebranded Realme 3 Pro.
Mobile photography: Samsung Galaxy S10 should be afraid of the dark
Although its mobile photography performance is — according to multiple tests — very good overall, the Samsung Galaxy S10 fails in low-light conditions. This failure is made obvious by its comparison with the Huawei P30 Pro and Google Pixel 3, both capable of providing much better results when shooting at night.
Navi 20-based AMD Radeon Instinct delayed to Q1 2020
Expected to arrive in the third quarter of this year, it seems that not all the members of the upcoming family of AMD Navi-based video cards will show up at once. The Radeon Instinct, based on the Navi 20 GPU, has been apparently delayed to early 2020. However, the mainstream Navi GPUs might be available just in time for this year's winter holiday season.
Samsung Mall to be discontinued at the end of June
Launched in India back in January 2017, Samsung Mall will apparently go down on June 30. This piece of bad news reached the users of this service in the shape of a notification message on their handsets. However, the official website still does not show any information regarding its imminent closure.
World of Tanks 1.5 comes with high-tier Swedish mediums, the ability to exclude maps in Standard Battles, and more
With the 1.5 update, World of Tanks brings a few new Swedish medium tanks that feature hydropneumatic suspension, the ability to choose which map to avoid in standard battles, changes — mainly nerfs — to Japanese heavy tanks, the infamous FV 4005, and the artillery branch. A special deal for Twitch Prime members is also available.
Big is not enough: The Energizer Power Max P18K Pop has failed
In one of the greatest Indiegogo fails ever, the Energizer "brick smartphone" with an 18,000 mAh only managed to gain 11 backers. The sum pledged was US$15,005 — not much more than 1 percent of the US$1,200,000 fixed goal that had to be reached for the Power Max P18K Pop to enter production.
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X 50th Anniversary Edition and the special edition Radeon VII are finally here
In addition to the anniversary packaging, the Gold Editions of the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X processor and Radeon VII graphics come with coupon codes for free copies of Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 Gold Edition and World War Z. The AMD50 promotional period also brings various special deals — depending on the retailer — and is set to last until early June.
GTX 16-series laptops support arrives with NVIDIA's GeForce Game Ready Driver 430.49
NVIDIA's latest GeForce Game Ready driver update — labeled 430.39 — comes with day-one support for Mortal Kombat 11, an SLI profile for Anthem, noticeably improved Vulkan performance in Strange Brigade, as well as support for the new GeForce GTX 16-series GPUs and more G-Sync Compatible gaming monitors.
Next-gen NVIDIA Shield convertible could feature a desktop mode
By analyzing the latest Shield Experience software, the XDA Developers team has discovered that a new desktop-mode software feature is in the works alongside what appears to be a new hardware product. Codenamed "mystique," this device could be a 2-in-1 convertible that would compete with the Microsoft Surface Book and other similar pieces of hardware.
There are 12 days left to play Street Fighter V for free
Street Fighter V has been around since 2016 but has been constantly updated ever since. Now, those who never had the chance to take it for a spin can do so for free. The catch is that we are not talking about a few free days — the free-for-all period that has begun yesterday will end on May 5/6. However, PlayStation 4 need a Plus account to play online.
Vine coming back from the dead as Byte, now in beta testing
Those who have been missing Vine — and/or have been not happy with TikTok — can now fill the void with Byte. The new looping video app comes from Vine's founder and it is currently undergoing closed beta testing. For now, only 100 testers are able to take it for a spin, but more people should be invited soon.
Samsung Galaxy M40 gets its WiFi certification, 128 GB internal storage in tow
Certified by the Wi-Fi Alliance earlier this month, the Samsung Galaxy M40 (SM-M405F) is expected to hit the market soon as the fourth member to be added to the Galaxy M lineup. This handset would be the first Galaxy M device to run Android 9.0 Pie out of the box and apparently sports 128 GB of internal storage.
Lenovo Legion Y9000K apparently launched exclusively in China
Unveiled in early January at CES 2019, the Lenovo Legion Y9000K is now finally launching in China. This machine seems to be exclusively targeting the local market and features an 8th generation (could be an error instead of 9th generation) Intel Core i7 processor, a 17-inch 144 Hz display, as well as NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q graphics.
Samsung Galaxy View 2 surfaces online with a hinged stand, 17.5-inch display
The second iteration of Samsung's large-screen Android tablet for media consumption that will come to AT&T in the US has just been spotted online and it sports a few noticeable changes. The Galaxy View 2 has a 17.5-inch display — down from the 18.4 inches of its predecessor — and features a hinged kickstand.
Samsung allegedly working on two more foldables
Although the Galaxy Fold has been officially delayed, it looks like two more such models are in the pipeline. For now, they are known as "Type G" and "Type S," but there is no official information regarding their commercial names or release date yet. However, at least one of them is rumored to be announced by the end of the year.
Twitter gets High(ly)
In its effort to make its service more conversational, Twitter has decided to add the Highly team to its staff. Sadly, this means that the iOS and Slack apps currently maintained by Highly will go down on April 26. Highly has been around since 2014 and had raised a seed round two years ago.
Microsoft finally unveils the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition
Bundled with Minecraft, Forza Horizon 3 and Sea of Thieves, the new Xbox One S All-Digital Edition is already available for pre-order at US$249.99 — US$50 less than the Xbox One S. Just as previously rumored, the disc-free console will be available worldwide — both online and in stores — on May 7.
Nintendo Switch firmware update 8.0 comes with zoom, new game sorting options, and more
The latest software update for the Nintendo Switch hybrid game console comes with Save Transfer, which allows players to transfer save data between Switch consoles without an online subscription, a Zoom feature, new game sorting options, and various minor tweaks and fixes. Alongside the console firmware, a controller update has been issued as well.
OPPO F11 Pro Marvel's Avengers Limited Edition handset coming next week
The OPPO F11 Pro that was launched last month is now ready for a special edition. The F11 Pro Marvel's Avengers Limited Edition will come out the same day as the new Avengers movie — on April 24. Unfortunately, it might only be available in a limited number of markets, starting with Malaysia.
Foldable Motorola Razr hits Bluetooth SIG, launch might be getting closer
A new listing on the Bluetooth Launch Studio website reveals that the Motorola Razr XT2000-1 will be available exclusively via Verizon Wireless in the US. However, its availability in other markets remains a mystery for the time being — just like the specs, which are rumored to include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor and a 6.2-inch main display.
Huawei P30 and P30 Pro now up for pre-order in the US
Although Huawei still has troubles in the US, the new Huawei P30 and P30 Pro can be pre-ordered stateside thanks to B&H. The models available are the P30 Pro with 256 GB and the 128 GB P30, both unlocked — compatible with T-Mobile's and AT&T's GSM networks, but not with Verizon's CDMA network — and feature dual-SIM capabilities.
Anno 1800 Open Beta kicks off tomorrow
Set to hit the market on April 16, Anno 1800 will enter a short Open Beta stage that is scheduled to be held this weekend. However, those interested in taking this business management/city building hybrid title for a spin can already preload the game — a process that involves downloading over 18 GB of data.
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active gets its first software update
The new firmware for the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active is based on Tizen 188.8.131.52, the same version that came with this smartwatch at launch. The update has less than 14 MB in size and is currently rolling out in the US. It brings several minor improvements and lacks any new features.
Samsung Galaxy A20e now official
Without much fanfare, Samsung Galaxy A20e was unveiled today as well, but not during the big Galaxy A launch event. This compact variant of the Galaxy A20, which features a 5.8-inch HD+ Infinity V display, has been silently introduced by Samsung Poland. However, there is no information regarding its availability yet.
AT&T now provides 5G mobile coverage in no less than 19 US cities
With the addition of parts of Austin, Los Angeles, Nashville, Orlando, San Diego, San Francisco, and San Jose, AT&T is now the only US carrier to provide 5G mobile coverage in 19 cities in the US. Last month, AT&T became the first US carrier to surpass 1 Gigabit mobile speeds on a live 5G connection.
Samsung Galaxy A80 now official with rotating camera and notchless display
The Galaxy A80 is a handset that was created by Samsung "for the way people are engaging in the Era of Live" and features the brand's first rotating smartphone camera that also allowed the use of a notchless 6.7-inch Super AMOLED Infinity Display. Available in gold, white, and black, the Galaxy A80 should hit the market soon.
Black Desert Mobile coming to Android and iOS later this year
With gross sales on PC and Xbox One of over US$1 billion, Black Desert can be definitely considered a successful MMORPG. Since other titles made the same move in the last years, it is not surprising that this game will launch for both iOS and Android devices later this year as Black Desert Mobile.
Oppo Reno 10X Zoom renders surface online
The Oppo Reno has already been spotted online on several websites, but it looks like a high-end version is also in the cards. The Oppo Reno 10X Zoom features a 10x optical zoom sensor, which is clearly visible in a square camera assembly similar to what Oppo has revealed at MWC 2019.
Samsung begins mass production of the foldable OLED panels for the Galaxy Fold
It is official: Samsung Display has begun to mass produce the foldable OLED panels for the high-end Galaxy Fold device. Samsung's Galaxy Fold is set to hit the market globally on April 26, but the 5G version is expected to hit South Korea in May — and the rest of the world at a later time, of course.
Sniper Elite V2 Remastered coming next month to Windows PCs and consoles
Digital pre-orders are already live for 10 percent off, so those who want to enjoy Sniper Elite V2 in 4K with enhanced graphics, new playable characters, a frame-by-frame photo mode, and more, can go ahead and pay up. The remastered edition will hit Windows PCs, as well as PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch consoles on May 14.
Snapdragon 730, 730G and 665: Qualcomm unveils three mobile processors for mid-range and high-end devices
While the Snapdragon 730 and 730G (a 730 "for the elite gamer") are both direct successors to the Snapdragon 710 mobile platform, the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 comes as the only heir of the Snapdragon 660. The first devices to use these three new mobile platforms will hit the market this summer.
Flexible wrist-phone Nubia Alpha goes on sale tomorrow
Introduced to the world at the MWC trade show back in February, the Nubia Alpha "wearable phone" will go on sale tomorrow. This smart wearable is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 2100 chipset and runs a custom Android build. Sadly, it looks like only China will get it this week and the rest of the world will have to wait.
Samsung Galaxy A80 benchmarks surface online
The SM-A805F model of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy A80 has surfaced on Geekbench with 8 GB of memory, the yet-to-be-unveiled Qualcomm Snapdragon 6150 processor, and Android 9.0 Pie-based software. The rest should be unveiled tomorrow at the special event that Samsung will stream for everyone.
Opera Reborn 3 now available with Web 3, faster built-in VPN, improved ad blocking, and more
Opera Reborn 3 — also known as Opera 60 — comes as the first desktop browser with Web 3 support, also featuring an improved built-in VPN, support for Windows 10 dark mode, a built-in Crypto Wallet, various interface changes, and more. Those interested can grab Opera 60 right away for Windows, macOS, and Linux (deb, RPM, and snap).
Firefox Recommended Extensions program coming this summer
Although Mozilla is reviewing the extensions available in the official add-ons store for Firefox, the process is now working using the "publish first/review later" approach. However, the Recommended Extensions program comes with a list of curated extensions that comply with Mozilla's "highest standards of security, utility, and user experience."
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate to join Xbox Live Gold and Game Pass benefits for US$14.99 a month, coming soon
Although Microsoft still has to make this official, multiple sources have confirmed that Xbox Game Pass Ultimate will be launched for US$14.99 and will combine the benefits that come with Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold. However, subscribing to these two services individually would cost US$5 more.
Asus ROG Phone successor to launch in third quarter
The second iteration of the ROG Phone by Asus will come out in the third quarter of the year with the support of Chinese game publisher Tencent. Its specs are expected to include the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, multiple memory/storage combinations, as well as a premium build that would integrate an advanced cooling solution.
Samsung confirms: Galaxy J is now Galaxy A
If the (usually overpriced) Galaxy J series had any fans, they will definitely love the Galaxy A lineup because Samsung has just confirmed that "Galaxy J is now Galaxy A" in a YouTube video. The existing Samsung Galaxy A10, A20, A30, A50 and A70 will be joined by a few new models on April 10.
Gartner: Foldable handsets to grab 5 percent of the high-end smartphone market by 2023
Although the foldable touchscreen display — and same can be said about the foldable handset concept as a whole — might need a few years to reach the mid-range area of the market, Gartner estimates that foldables will go up to reach 5 percent — or 30 million units — of the high-end smartphone market by 2023.
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active now official in Vietnam, sales starting this week
Unveiled back in February, the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active is now official in Vietnam, where sales will kick off on April 10. US customers can place their orders on Samsung's website already, but shipments are expected to begin in the last week of the month. In Vietnam, this smart wearable is priced around the equivalent of US$237.
Snap Games brings in-app gaming to Snapchat
Previously known internally as "Project Cognac," Snapchat's in-app gaming platform is now live as "Snap Games." The six launch titles are Bitmoji Party, Tiny Royale, Snake Squad, C.A.T.S. Drift Race, Zombie Rescue Squad, and Alphabear Hustle. There is no install required, as all these titles can be launched from the Chat bar.
Another one bites the dust: Google Play Artist Hub to shut down by the end of the month
With YouTube Music now Google's primary streaming service, the Google Play Artist Hub is going to shut down at the end of April. Sadly, Google has no plans to offer a new direct portal for smaller artists, and all material that was uploaded through the Google Play Artist Hub will disappear from both the Google Play Store and Play Music.
Minecraft now available on Xbox Game Pass
In addition to the over 100 titles already available — including Ori and the Blind Forest, Forza Horizon 4, and Sea of Thieves — the Xbox Game Pass membership is now including full access to Minecraft Bedrock. This version of the game features cross-play with Windows 10, Android, Gear VR, and Nintendo Switch.
Samsung Galaxy S10 5G to hit Verizon mid-May
A rather cryptic Twitter message by popular leakster Evan Blass reveals that Verizon Wireless will add the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G to its portfolio on May 16. Sadly, there is no information about the price, but since this handset retails in its home market for the equivalent of around US$1,220, Verizon customers can figure out what to expect.
Huawei wants to make Honor the world's fourth-largest OEM
Huawei has big plans for its sub-brand Honor, which has achieved an impressive YoY growth in international shipments of 170 percent last year. While Honor is still far behind, Huawei is planning to make it the fourth-largest global smartphone maker as soon as possible, although it might take a while.
It's official: Borderlands 3 coming September 13
While many will be pleased to find out that Borderlands 3 is coming mid-September to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows PCs, there is some trouble in paradise as well: Borderlands 3 for PC will not be available on Steam for a while, launching as an Epic Games Store exclusive — until April 2020 — instead.
Samsung Galaxy A20e hits FCC, might launch next week
After last week's visits at the Wi-Fi Alliance and Bluetooth SIG, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy A20e handset shows up once again. The FCC certification documents for the SM-A202F/DS model reveal a display size of 5.84 inches and the battery name — EB-BA202ABU — while lacking the resolution and capacity figures.
Windows 10 1809 KB4490481 rolling out with multiple fixes, still plagued by the main issues of the previous update
After spending a few extra days in testing, the long-awaited second cumulative Windows 10 1809 update for March is finally rolling out to the general public. This piece of code that is labeled "KB4490481" fixes a long list of issues, but it still includes five known issues that have been around for a while.
The Microsoft Store no longer has a Books category
Yesterday, the Redmond-based giant has suddenly removed the Books category from the Microsoft Store. Those who purchased ebooks from Microsoft Store can still enjoy them, but they will lose access to the books in July. Thankfully, Microsoft will provide full refunds for any purchased books.
MSI launches the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Gaming X 6G video card for desktop PCs
The new GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Gaming X 6G video card from MSI comes with the brand's Twin Frozr 7 thermal design that provides a semi-passive, dual-fan cooling solution for a noise-free environment in low-load situations. With a boost clock speed of 1,875 MHz, the Gaming X 6G also features customizable RGB LED lighting.
ZTE Nubia Red Magic Mars Conqueror now available for just US$549
Unleashed worldwide almost two months ago in two versions — Essential and Superior — the ZTE Nubia Red Magic Mars gaming handset is now available with more memory, storage, and a camo design. This variant with 10 GB RAM and 256 GB internal storage goes by as "Conqueror" and can be acquired for US$549.
Halo Reach test flights to kick off later this month
Halo Reach is ready for its return to the latest Xbox consoles and it will also reach the Windows PC realm for the first time. This title that will be a part of the Halo: The Master Chief Collection is expected to enter the public testing stage later this month, confirmed 343 Industries' community director — formerly with Bungie — Brian Jarrard.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855-powered LG V50 ThinQ 5G coming on April 19
Two weeks after the announced release date of the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, LG will unleash its first 5G flagship upon the South Korean market. The LG V50 ThinQ 5G is expected to come with a free dual-screen flip cover, an improved cooling system for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, a 6.4-inch OLED display, and a 4,000 mAh battery.
Samsung Galaxy S10 5G confirmed to hit South Korea this Friday
Sporting a total of six cameras and a generous 6.7-inch Curved Dynamic AMOLED display, the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G promises to deliver speeds up to 20 times faster than existing 4G handsets. South Korea will get it in Majestic Black, Royal Gold, and Crown Silver starting on April 5, with more markets to follow soon.
April Fools' Day 2019: World of Tanks 0.7.0 goes live once again
Released back in late 2011, World of Tanks 0.7.0 only had three tech trees, different physics and spotting mechanics, there was no arty cap, no stun, and more. Those who were not around to play it back then and those who would like to travel back in time can play it until April 3 as World of Tanks Classic.
Huawei Mate 30 confirmed, could arrive as soon as September
Shortly after the release of the Huawei P30 flagship, an official of the Chinese company, Bruce Li, confirmed that the Huawei Mate 30 is currently being tested. He also added that — if everything works as planned — this next-gen phablet could be hit the market in September - October.
Vivaldi 2.4 comes with customizable toolbars, multiple user profiles, and more
Vivaldi 2.4 comes with no less than 42 bug fixes, as well as 9 new features. The most important changes are the ability to remove buttons from the Navigation Toolbar and move them between the Navigation and Status bars, as well as the introduction of multiple user profiles — each with a separate set of Bookmarks, Extensions, history, and so on.
The Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air (2019) is now official, starting at US$536
The 2.4-pound Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air (2019) is now official in China and comes with Harman Kardon audio with DTS surround, fast charging, and more. The starting price (in China) is the equivalent of US$536 and this amount would get you the model with Intel Core m3-8100Y/4 GB RAM/128 GB storage.
The Asus Chromebook Flip C434 is now available for purchase, priced at US$569.99
The direct successor of the original Chromebook Flip by Asus, namely the Chromebook Flip C434, was unveiled back in January, at the CES 2019 trade show in Las Vegas. Now, this Chrome OS convertible is finally available for purchase directly from Asus at US$569.99 (Intel Core m3-8100Y inside, with i5 and i7 variants to follow).
Funcom and Rock Pocket Games announce Moons of Madness, a title that takes the horror genre to space once again
Funcom, the name behind Conan Exiles, has teamed up with Rock Pocket Games to deliver a new horror title for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. Its name is "Moons of Madness" and should arrive during this year's Halloween season and shares the same thematic universe with Funcom's Secret World Legends.
Samsung unveils the 6.7-inch Galaxy A70, triple main camera and 4,500 mAh battery in tow
Samsung goes big with the latest member of the Galaxy A family, which has a generous 6.7-inch display with a 21:9 aspect ratio. The Galaxy A70 comes with a 32 MP triple camera setup on the back, an octa-core processor, 6/8 GB of memory, 128 GB of internal storage space, as well as a 4,500 mAh battery with fast charging.
Apple Card coming to the US this summer to help you "lead a healthier financial life"
Apple Card brings together hardware, software, and services to deliver a complete financial management and payment experience focused on providing "a healthier financial life" to its customers. This solution comes with a rewards program called Daily Cash, no fees, low interest, a physical titanium card for payments at locations without Apple Pay support, and more.
Apple unveils its magazine reading service News+, don't expect anything revolutionary
Apple News just got a spinoff that includes 300 magazine subscriptions and is simply called News+. Available for US$9.99 a month (the first month is free), this service is also rolling out in Canada in both French and English. Australia and the UK will follow later this year as well.
This is fast charging: From 0 to 4,000 mAh in only 17 minutes with Xiaomi's 100 W fast charger
Although it might take a while for it to hit the market, Xiaomi's latest battery charging tech — dubbed "Super Charge Turbo" — puts all other fast charging solutions currently available to shame. In a Weibo video shared by Xiaomi's co-founder Lin Bin, this 100 W charging solution is shown fully charging a 4,000 mAh battery in just 17 minutes.
Moto G7 and Motorola One now available in India
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 625-powered Motorola One is now finally reaching India alongside the Moto G7, which has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 inside. Both handsets have been around for a while in other areas, but Indian customers now get both of them running Android Pie out of the box.
Mozilla launches Firefox for iPad with split-screen support and more
Mozilla's Firefox for iOS has finally received an update with a set of features tailored for the iPad tablet, such as tab management, split-screen support, single-click private browsing, a comprehensive set of keyboard shortcuts (for those using an external keyboard with their iPad), and more.
Samsung Galaxy A20e certified, launch might be just around the corner
Recently introduced in Russia, the Samsung Galaxy A20 will apparently come to other regions with a few minor hardware changes and a slightly different name. Powered by a Samsung Exynos 7885 processor, the Galaxy A20e has been certified by both the Wi-Fi Alliance and Bluetooth SIG. This handset will probably launch globally on April 10.
Archos goes big: The Play Tab is a 21.5-inch Android tablet
Described as "the ultimate digital board game," the 21.5-inch Archos Play Tab is a tablet that runs Android Pie and promises to hit the European market for a sub-US$300 price tag just in time for this year's "Back to School" period. The processor brand and model are not public yet, but we should expect a MediaTek Helio P-series chip.
Motorola One Vision press render surfaces online
Codenamed Robusta2 and also known as the Motorola P40 in China, the upcoming — but yet to be confirmed — Motorola One Vision was recently spotted on Geekbench with Exynos 9610 onboard and loaded with Android Pie. Now, what appears to be the first press render is out, and it suggests that the handset will launch in April.
The Samsung Galaxy Fold is slower than both the Galaxy S10e and Royole FlexPai
Although it will retail for more than twice its price, the Samsung Galaxy Fold seems to be slower than the Galaxy S10e. According to an alleged Geekbench entry — that has already been removed from the benchmark database — Samsung's foldable is also slower than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855-powered Royole FlexPai.
Mortal Kombat 11 Closed Beta kicks off on March 28
The Closed Beta of Mortal Kombat 11 will debut on March 28 with a roaster of five fighters, namely Baraka, Jade, Kabal, Scarlet, and Scorpion. At launch, the game is expected to come with a lineup of no less than 28 characters, including Cassie Cage, Kano, Sub-Zero, Raiden, and Kano. This new Mortal Kombat title will launch on April 23.
PUBG Mobile celebrates first anniversary with multiple in-game goodies and enhancements
The first anniversary of PUBG for mobile devices comes with the Season 6 Royale Pass, parties on Spawn Island with fireworks and loot crates with special rewards, randomly spawned birthday cakes, dynamic weather on Erangel and Miramar, a new vehicle (a three-wheeled bus that replaces the Jeep, Dacia, and Mini Bus), and more.
The Energizer P18K Pop crowdfunding campaign starts on Indiegogo, shipments could start in October
Although there is nothing special about it except the gargantuan battery size, the Energizer P18K Pop might prove that many people would pay more than US$500 to get the world's longest-lasting smartphone that has the technical specs of a US$200 mid-ranger otherwise. However, Energizer must hit the US$1,200,000 goal first.
The Anniversary Update promises to take Sea of Thieves to a whole new level, coming April 30
Yesterday, Sea of Thieves celebrated its first anniversary. During the year that passes, the game received four major updates, and now everyone should get ready for the Anniversary Update, which is set to arrive at the end of April. This massive update — the biggest so far — promises to take Sea of Thieves to a whole new level.
Android Pie-based Color OS 6 coming soon to older Oppo handsets
Although handsets like the Oppo F11/F11 Pro and the RealMe 3 have been shipping with it onboard for a while, Android Pie-based Color OS 6 has finally received a proper official launch as well. This piece of code should be rolling out as an update for older Oppo handsets soon, but the roadmap is not available yet.
RollerCoaster Tycoon Adventures for PC hits the Epic Games store
Released at the end of November for the Nintendo Switch hybrid console, RollerCoaster Tycoon Adventures is now finally reaching PC gamers all over the world. However, this release comes with a twist that Steam fans will not enjoy: Atari's new game is exclusively available via the Epic Games store.
Xiaomi finally launches its mobile payments service in India
Already available in China, the Xiaomi Mi Pay mobile payments service has been tested in India in the second half of 2018. In the meantime, the Chinese company obtained the approval of the Reserve Bank of India, and Mi Pay is now ready to take on PayU, WhatsApp Pay, and the other similar services.
Armored Warfare 0.28 now live with new French vehicles, Battalion Ranked Battles, and more
After a rather long wait, the French and Italian vehicles are finally joining Armored Warfare as the offerings of a new dealer, named Francine De Laroche. The Arabian Nights campaign is now moving on with new events, but the 0.28 update also comes with Battalion Ranked Battles, new achievements, as well as many tweaks and fixes.
Activision unveils Call of Duty Mobile
Call of Duty Mobile is now official and should hit Android and iOS handsets later this year. Although there will not be a battle royale mode at launch, Activision has confirmed that this free-to-play title should offer this treat at some point in the future. Obviously, this "unique Call of Duty battle royale experience" will be accompanied by more content.
Exynos 7884-powered Samsung Galaxy A20 launches in Russia
Although Samsung will reveal at least three Galaxy A models on April 10, some members of this family are already available for purchase here and there. The latest arrival is the ~US$215 Exynos 7884-driven Galaxy A20, a 6.4-inch device with an Infinity-V display, 3 GB of memory, and 32 GB of internal storage.
Alienware Area-51m laptops should get the UHD option in six to eight months
Currently available only with a Full HD display option, the Alienware Area-51m gaming laptop will get UHD as an option in six to eight months, according to Frank Azor. He also said that the arrival of this option "wasn't supposed to take this long" so the machine was not designed for DIY display upgrades.
UMIDIGI S3 Pro now globally available at US$279.99, still a pretty good deal
Not long after the successful completion of the Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign with twice the initial goal of US$100,000, the UMIDIGI S3 Pro is now available globally. The price tag has gone up to US$279.99, but this Helio P70-powered handset with a 48 MP main camera setup remains an attractive handset.
Apple might upgrade the iMac Pro soon, 10.5-inch iPad Air and refreshed iPad mini revealed today
Although Apple has already announced a March 25 event, it seems like the updated tablets will not be there, because the Cupertino-based tech giant has just introduced the new 10.5-inch iPad Air and 7.9-inch iPad Mini. However, there is still no official info regarding the rumored iMac Pro upgrade.
Samsung confirms April 10 event, new Galaxy A handsets coming up
The teaser image that comes with the invite to Samsung's launch event that will take place on April 10 in Bangkok, Milan, and São Paulo suggests that at least three new Galaxy A handsets with different screen shapes will be the stars of the show. However, there are no technical details to talk about at this stage.
EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti KINGPIN Hybrid hits 2.7 GHz core and 17 GHz memory clocks on LN2
Unveiled earlier this year at CES 2019 and still expected to hit the market, the EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti KINGPIN Hybrid graphics card has recently topped the 3DMark Portal Royal benchmark thanks to a massive overclock — 2.7 GHz core and 17 GHz memory — that resulted in a bandwidth of over 750 Gbps.
Samsung could launch another Android Go phone soon, namely the Galaxy A2 Core
A leaked press render revealed that the Galaxy A lineup will become the second family of Samsung handsets to include at least one Android Go-driven smartphone. This Exynos 7870-powered phone will probably launch on March 22 in India and other emerging markets, such as South Africa — where the support page for the Galaxy A2 Core is already online.
MediaTek Helio P22-driven Oppo A1K coming soon
The MediaTek Helio P23-powered Oppo A1 will soon get a cheaper sibling with lower specs known as the A1K. Insiders familiar with the matter revealed that the upcoming handset will feature a waterdrop display, a single-sensor main camera, and will use the MediaTek Helio P22 processor. Unfortunately, the official confirmation has yet to arrive.
You weren't expecting this: Windows 7 gets DirectX 12 support
Although Windows 7 still controls a noticeable share in the desktop market, many gamers were forced to upgrade just to fully enjoy various DirectX 12 titles. However, the latest update for World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth — patch 8.1.5 — is the first title to bring full DirectX 12 support to Microsoft's outdated operating system.
War Thunder 1.87 "Locked On!" update goes live with new top-tier military hardware
War Thunder 1.87 "Locked On!" is a massive update to Gaijin Entertainment's popular vehicular combat title and — just like its predecessors — has a suggestive name. The game now features French helicopters, new cruisers, rank VII ground vehicles, advanced supersonic jets, complex radar systems, and more.
Intel Cascade Lake (LGA 3647) coming next month, Cascade Lake-X (LGA 2066) in June
Although there is no official confirmation of the date yet, the latest rumors say that Intel will launch the Cascade Lake processors for the LGA 3647 socket next month. The Cascade Lake-X processors for the LGA 2066, on the other hand, are expected to come out in June, at this year's COMPUTEX trade show.
MediaTek Helio P70-powered Vivo S1 hits Geekbench
The Vivo V15 is the less potent sibling of the recently released Vivo V15 Pro. Introduced in Thailand last week, the V15 should hit India on March 15. However, it seems that China will get this handset as the Vivo S1 — the first S-series handset of the brand. However, a recent TENAA listing has revealed a few minor differences between the V15 and the alleged Vivo S1.
LG G8 ThinQ pre-orders starting this Friday in South Korea
Although it comes with a quite a few innovative features and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 top-of-the-line processor, the new LG G8 ThinQ flagship has a lower price than its predecessor and is also cheaper than most similar flagships on the market. Pre-sales will start in South Korea this week and the price is around US$790.
Apple's iPhone XI rumored to feature a display optimized for underwater operation
Although Apple's flagships are now water-resistant, the Cupertino-based company is apparently working on a next-gen display that actually works underwater. This could mean that the iPhone XI will feature a touchscreen that remains perfectly usable while submerged instead of just following the foldable trend.
Happy Birthday: The compact disc has been around for four decades
Although it became commercially available more than three years later, the compact disc as we know it was demonstrated for the international press by Philips on March 8, 1979. Later that month, Sony joined in and the two companies quickly managed to turn the CD format into a global standard and bring this technology to the masses.
Xbox One S All-Digital Edition apparently coming soon, Fortnite Edition in the cards as well
According to insiders familiar with the matter, the console known as "Maverick" will debut soon as the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition. Pre-orders might begin mid-April and general availability should arrive in early May. Even more, Microsoft is apparently working on a custom Fortnite-edition console as well.
Mid-range Honor Tab 5 Android tablet debuts in China
The new Honor Tab 5 is an 8-inch Android tablet that starts at the equivalent of US$163, but even the LTE version with 4/64 GB still comes for less than US$250. This slate uses the HiSilicon Kirin 710 processor with GPU Turbo 2.0, runs Android Pie with Magic UI 2.0 on top out of the box, and sports Dolby Atmos audio.
Apple dominated the wearable market in 2018
According to a fresh report by IDC, Apple shipped more than 46 million wearables in 2018 out of a total of 172.2 million such devices sold worldwide. Smartwatches accounted for almost 30 percent of the entire wearable market and Apple's growth is expected to continue thanks to the Watch Series 4 smartwatch.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 675-powered Meizu Note 9 hits Geekbench
After quite a few leaks and rumors, the soon-to-be-released Meizu Note 9 finally surfaced on Geekbench. The listing confirms a few key elements of this handset, which sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor, no less than 6 GB of memory, and Google's Android 9.0 Pie mobile operating system.
QNAP launches the Intel Xeon W-driven TS-2888X AI-ready NAS
Unveiled more than four months ago, the AI-ready TS-2888X NAS lineup is finally available for purchase. As previously announced, these storage accessories can support up to 4 graphics cards and feature Intel Xeon W processors, ASETEK liquid cooling, up to 512 GB of memory, a 2,000 Watt PSU switch and connector.
Upcoming Samsung Galaxy A90 rumored to be a China-exclusive device
A new report from China claims that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy A90 is an independent design of a local team and — unfortunately for the Samsung fans all over the world who would like to buy one — it will not go for sale in any other markets via the official channels. This handset will be Samsung's first one to feature a pop-up camera.
Fortnite Season 8 arrives with pirates, ninjas, new map points of interest, and more
The eighth season of Epic Games' Fortnite comes with two new locations - Lazy Lagoon and Sunny Steps — as well as pirates, ninjas, and "a ship load of new fighters" that will join the battle. The season's Battle Pass comes with more than 100 brand-new exclusive rewards and comes for the same price of 950 V-bucks.
Asus publishes Android Pie update roadmap
Asus has recently revealed a detailed Android Pie update roadmap that includes a wide range of handsets that mainly belong to the Zenfone 4, Zenfone 5, and Zenfone 5 families. However, the official ZenTalk forum topic is currently under moderation (or has been removed), so we should expect some changes to the list mentioned above.
Google Play Movies offers US$0.99 blockbuster movie rentals
Without any fanfare, Google Play Movies has started to offer US$0.99 movie rentals, down from a previous US$5.99. However, this deal does not apply to B-rated movies as one would expect. The list of US$0.99 Google Play Movie rentals includes blockbusters like "A Star Is Born," "Bohemian Rhapsody," and more.
Motorola confirms a foldable handset, no official name and release date yet
Although Motorola has not introduced its foldable phone at MWC, the company's VP of Global Product has just confirmed that the upcoming handset — rumored to bring back the legendary RAZR family — has been in development for a long time and will hit the market about the same time as the other such devices that have been recently unveiled by Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi, and others.
The ZTE Nubia Red Magic Mars is now available worldwide
One month after showing up at CES and snagging quite a few "Best of" awards, the ZTE Nubia Red Magic Mars is now launching worldwide. This gaming smartphone is available in two variants — Essential (6/64 GB) and Superior (8/128 GB) — and a third one that features 10 GB of memory and 256 GB of internal storage space is also coming soon.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1180 might be coming soon
According to what appears to be a Staples employee training document that has recently surfaced on Reddit, the upcoming HP Omen Obelisk 875-0xxx series desktop will feature the yet-to-be-announced NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1180 as its top video card option. While this could be a typo, it could also be the name of a non-RTX flagship product.
Wargaming is giving the premium EBR 75 FL 10 for free, but you have to fight to get it
"The Challenge on Wheels" special event that has begun today will last until March 7 and comes with the chance to obtain the Panhard EBR 75 FL 10 for free — or at least a good discount when purchasing it. This is the first premium wheeled vehicle in World of Tanks and can be obtained after completing ten challenging stages.
Intel Core i9-9900KFC processor mentioned in AIDA64 beta release notes
At first sight, the Intel Core i9-9900KFC seems to be an unlocked 8-core, 16-thread processor that does not feature an integrated graphics card. However, Intel previously used the "C" suffix for chips with eDRAM cache for the higher-end Iris Pro integrated graphics parts, so this new chip is a mystery for now.
Archos Oxygen 57, Oxygen 63, and Oxygen 68XL now official, to hit the market in May
The new Archos handsets start at 5.7 and go up to 6.3 and 6.8 inches in size, but all will hit the market for less than 170 USD. The Unisoc SC9863-powered Oxygen 57 and Oxygen 63, as well as the Helio P22-driven Oxygen 68XL will launch with Android Pie onboard in May. Before that happens, these handsets will be unveiled at MWC.
Opera for Android 50 comes with publisher-friendly ad blocking and picture-in-picture mode
The version labeled 50 of the Opera browser for Android comes with an improved ad blocker that features a site-specific setting, picture-in-picture support for videos on Android Oreo (and later), support for dark CSS themes, as well as support for the Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian languages.
Apple acquires AI startup PullString
The latest corporate acquisition in the AI field for Apple is San Francisco-based PullString, a company that was founded in 2011 by former Pixar executives and has been working on "shaping the future of voice applications" ever since. The value of the deal is rumored to be around US$30 million.
Huawei will launch the P30 lineup in Paris on March 26
Huawei has just put an end to all the rumors about the launch date and location of its next-gen flagships by posting a video teaser on Twitter. The video apparently focuses on the zoom capabilities of the upcoming flagship. The Huawei P30 will arrive during a special event that will take place on March 26 in Paris.
Mobile photography: The Honor View 20 beats the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, but not in a DxOMark test
According to a review by Android Authority, the Honor View 20's main camera setup can provide excellent low-light performance, realistic colors, great image stabilization, as well as "amazing detail" but also lacks in the HDR area and its selfie shooter can be improved. The conclusion is that the View 20 beats the Huawei Mate 20 Pro.
Samsung will launch the Galaxy M30 on February 27
The Samsung Galaxy M30 is expected to arrive with a triple rear camera setup similar to that used for the Galaxy A8s, but it will have a notched Infinity-U display instead of the holed Infinity-O touchscreen used by its sibling. This handset should come with many features similar to those of the Galaxy M20.
Samsung releases February security patch for the Galaxy S7 flagship
The February 2019-dated Android security patch comes with the software version G930FXXS4ESAE and seems to be only available for Samsung Galaxy S7 users in the United Kingdom and Austria for now. The Galaxy S7 lineup receives this month's patch after the Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S9, and Galaxy Note 8.
Microsoft Visual Studio 2019 coming on April 2
Microsoft's Visual Studio 2019 will launch on April 2 during an all-day event and comes with quite a few changes. The most noticeable one is the new start screen that has been redesigned to work with Git repositories, but there are a lot of minor under-the-hood changes as well — mainly performance optimizations.
MIUI 10 beta comes with native dark mode
The native dark mode in the latest MIUI 10 beta covers most areas of the operating system — Phone, Contacts, Gallery, Screen recorder, Updater, Messaging — as well as the notification shade, volume slider, and the Recents menu. Xiaomi confirmed a month ago that MIUI 11 is in the works, so the stable MIUI 10 with dark mode should come out soon.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e renders surface online
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 835-powered Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 has been around for just six months, it seems that its successor is already in the works and could hit the market in just a few months. The leaked renders show "April 5" on this tablet's display, so this might just be the launch date of the Galaxy Tab S5e.
Specs sheet of Samsung's Galaxy A50, A30, and A10 surfaces online
According to the recently leaked specs sheet, the upcoming Galaxy A50, A30, and A10 all come with a plastic design and Exynos processors, but there are quite a few differences between them as well. Most specs confirm certain previous rumors, such as the in-display fingerprint reader of the Galaxy A50.
MIL-STD 810G-certified Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2 coming to India tomorrow
Released more than a year ago, the Exynos 7870-powered Galaxy Tab Active 2 is now ready to hit India. This IP68- and MIL-STD 810G-certified rugged Android slate will be launched tomorrow during a special press event. In the US, this tablet retails for US$420 (WiFi only) and US$520 (carrier unlocked LTE).
Huawei's Watch GT is finally available in the US
Released a few months ago, the LiteOS-driven Huawei Watch GT is now finally available for purchase in the US. Listed by Amazon for a regular price of US$199.99, this smart wearable will start shipping on February 19. Its specs and features include continuous heart rate monitoring, built-in GPS, sleep tracking, and more.
The Division 2 open beta will start on March 1
Those who missed the private beta stage of Ubisoft's upcoming title The Division 2 can join the open beta, which is scheduled to begin on March 1. Sadly, the open beta will only run for three days and the trial will end on March 4. The game will launch on March 15 on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.
LG Q9 One unveiled in South Korea
If the "new" LG Q9 One seems to have an outdated processor, the reality might surprise you: this handset is a rebranded LG G7 One, which was unveiled at IFA 2018. The only noticeable difference is that the Q9 One comes loaded with Android 9.0 Pie out of the box (the G7 One arrived with Android 8.1 Oreo onboard).
Nokia 9 PureView lands at FCC
Previously expected to arrive in the first days of December, the Nokia 9 PureView will probably be unveiled later this month in Barcelona, at HMD Global's official press event that is scheduled to take place before the opening day of MWC 2019. Finally listed by the FCC, this handset will come in single-SIM and dual-SIM variants.
UMIDIGI S3 Pro hits Indiegogo at US$269 with 48 MP Sony main camera
Chinese brand UMIDIGI is back with the S3 Pro, a handset that sports a generous 6.3-inch display with waterdrop notch and a main camera setup that combines a 48 MP Sony camera with a 12 MP shooter for bokeh effects. Early Indiegogo backers can get this MediaTek Helio P70-driven phablet for just US$269 and shipments should begin next month.
Nubia teases flexible device in advance of its MWC 2019 unveil
ZTE's sub-brand Nubia came out of the blue with a teaser for a flexible smartphone that will be unveiled at MWC 2019. Unfortunately, the "Flex Your Life" headline doesn't say much. While this can suggest something different than a foldable handset, most major brands are expected to unveil such a device later this month in Barcelona.
Vivo announces iQOO sub-brand, first devices to launch soon
Most major Chinese smartphone brands also have successful sub-brands: Huawei has Honor, Oppo's Realme is just one year old but already doing great, Xiaomi's POCO is also quite popular, and now the time has come for Vivo to create its own sub-brand. iQOO is now an official brand and the first smartphones to carry its name are expected to arrive pretty soon.
Samsung Galaxy A50 hits FCC, 15 W wired fast charging in tow
The upcoming Samsung Galaxy A50 has surfaced at the FCC, and this listing reveals that it will come with the EP-TA200 fast charger, so the handset supports 15 W wired fast charging. The Galaxy A50 apparently features a 6.22-inch display, although some previous rumors suggested that it sports a 6-inch touchscreen.
Google Maps AR navigation now available, but only for some users
A few good months after its introduction, the Augmented Reality navigation feature is finally rolling out for Google Maps users in the wild. However, this is only a test run that includes a limited number of users and there is no official date for the general rollout of this next-gen feature.
Xiaomi still leading the ever-growing Indian smartphone market
While the global smartphone market is slowing down, the volume of smartphone sales in India continues to grow and it soon might leave the US behind. According to Canalys, Xiaomi shipped 41 million handsets in 2018 — 29.9 percent of the Indian market, up from 25.7 million and 20.6 percent during the previous year.
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active details surface online: smaller display, no bezel ring
Codenamed Pulse, Samsung Galaxy Watch Active's successor will hit the market as the Galaxy Watch Active. The upcoming smart wearable allegedly features a 1.1-inch AMOLED display with 360 x 360 pixels and has no bezel ring, so everyone will be forced to use only touch interactions — or move to a device that still has a bezel ring, of course.
Google Pixel 4 could support both physical SIM and eSIM
A recent commit in the Android Open Source Project Gerrit revealed that Google is working on adding hardware support for multi-SIM capabilities. One of the comments from a Googler suggests that the upcoming Pixel 4 will be packing support for eSIM and a physical SIM with dual standby.
Russia planning to go internet-free, for now as an experiment
Working with all major internet providers in the country, Russian authorities are planning an interesting - and quite disturbing - experiment that involves disconnecting all local users from the internet. The purpose of this experiment is to get feedback and maybe provide modifications to a law proposed back in December 2018.
PUBG receives 2018's Game of the Year Award on Steam
Thanks to the votes of The Steam Community members, PUBG is now holding the Game of the Year Award for 2018. However, CD PROJEKT RED, the Polish company behind the successful Witcher franchise, was crowned as The Best Developer. PUBG competed for this prize against Monster Hunter World, Kingdom Come: Deliverance, Hitman 2, and Assassin's Creed: Odyssey.
Samsung Galaxy J4 (2018) with Android Pie gets certified alongside the Galaxy J2 Core
The Android Go handsets Samsung Galaxy J2 Core and Galaxy J4 have recently been certified by the Wi-Fi Alliance with Android Pie firmware onboard. However, the arrival of the update might take a while. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 were certified back in November with Android 9.0 onboard, but the update is not ready for them yet.
World of Tanks 1.4 brings wheeled vehicles to the game, starts a new World War
Unleashed upon Windows and macOS gamers earlier today, World of Tanks 1.4 brings a few wheeled vehicles to the French tech tree, a reworked map (Ghost Town), new tweaks to the Personal Missions, a few buffs to the Object 279 Early and Chimera special tanks, concurrent rendering support, and other changes.
Firefox will block media autoplay starting next month
Mozilla's Firefox 66 will come with audible autoplay blocking enabled by default, and the Android version will get a new implementation of this feature. The update is scheduled for general release on March 19. However, Firefox 66 will continue to allow muted autoplay.
Samsung Galaxy M10 and Galaxy M20 now available in India
The Galaxy M10 and Galaxy M20 come with Exynos processors inside, generous displays with a waterdrop notch, and dual cameras on the back. Sadly, they only run Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box. These handsets will be available in India — for very competitive prices — only through Samsung's own online store and Amazon.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 675-powered Vivo V15 Pro hits Geekbench
The upcoming Vivo V15 Pro managed to score 2,382 points in the single-core test and 6,479 multi-core points on Geekbench, where it can be found as the Vivo 1818. Running Android Pie-based software and featuring a pop-up camera, this mid-range handset is expected to hit the Indian market on February 20.
Moto G7 XT1965-6 hits TENAA, most specs still not confirmed
Although most technical details are not present in the TENAA listing, the appearance of the Moto G7 XT1965-6 model on the website of the Chinese certification authority comes with information regarding the physical dimensions of the device, its display size, and the capacity of its battery.
Android 9.0 Pie beta rolls out for the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2
The Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 will get Android 9.0 later this year, but those adventurous enough can already join the beta upgrade program. However, the beta testing comes with a catch: Asus will not provide downgrades and cannot be held liable for any potential damage or data loss that may occur during this stage.
Intel releases the 28-core Xeon W-3175X processor
The new Xeon W-3175X workstation-oriented processor sports no less than 28 cores and 56 threads, runs at 3.1 GHz (4.3 GHz turbo boost), has a TDP of 255 W, and supports up to 512 GB of hexa-channel DDR4 ECC memory. Announced back in October, now it is finally available for purchase at a price of US$2,999.
NVIDIA should worry: The AMD Radeon VII is faster than the GeForce RTX 2080 according to leaked 3DMark results
Although it cannot match the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 in Final Fantasy 15 — a title that features some technologies exclusive to the RTX series — the AMD Radeon VII appears to be a much better choice for 4K gaming, scoring higher than its competitor in the Fire Strike Ultra benchmark. The Radeon VII will hit the market on February 7.
Samsung Galaxy View 2 hits Geekbench, apparently coming soon to AT&T
The successor of the 18.4-inch Samsung Galaxy View has recently surfaced on Geekbench. The Galaxy View 2 runs Android 8.1 Oreo-based firmware and apparently features a 17.5-inch display. This large tablet for media consumption is rumored to arrive soon in the US via AT&T, but nothing is official yet.
Microsoft will bury Internet Explorer 10 in January 2020
Released back in September 2012, Internet Explorer 10 still receives support from Microsoft, although it has been succeeded by Internet Explorer 11 and Microsoft Edge. However, Microsoft has finally made the official announcement: Internet Explorer 10 will be laid to rest in a year from now.
Huawei MAR-LX1M could launch soon, possibly as a Huawei P30 Lite variant
The Huawei MAR-LX1M was now spotted on the Huawei website, although the full product page is not up yet. However, its UA profile confirms that this handset will come with Android 9.0 Pie onboard — with EMUI on top, of course — and features a full HD+ display. Given this screen resolution, it is likely that the MAR-LX1M will launch as a P30 Lite variant.
Coolpad Surf 600 MHz LTE hotspot now available via T-Mobile and Metro
While most people around the world are still waiting to get 5G access, T-Mobile and Metro are back with an accessory for their 600 MHz LTE network. The Coolpad Surf hotspot is capable of connecting up to 15 devices simultaneously and its 2,150 mAh battery can last for up to 5.3 hours of continuous use or 48 hours on standby.
Night shots battle: The iPhone XS has no chance against the Google Pixel 3
Although more images shot in various scenarios would be needed for a final decision, the image showing the same night scene as captured by the iPhone XS and the Pixel 3 that was posted on Twitter by Google's Marvin Chow has a clear winner. However, Apple still has to add a dedicated night mode to its handsets and, once that happens, things might change.
QNAP launches the TR-004 hardware RAID storage expansion device
Unveiled back in 2018, the QNAP TR-004 is finally available for purchase. This storage accessory is a 4-bay hardware RAID storage expansion device that sports USB 3.0 Type-C connectivity and can be attached to a PC or a NAS. When connected to a NAS, the TR-004 can be used as external storage or as an expansion storage device.
China’s push into AI is very dangerous, thinks George Soros
Notorious financier and philanthropist George Soros thinks that China's push in the AI field — which involves the plan to overtake the US by 2030 — is a severe threat to open societies. He also said that the social credit system "would give Xi Jinping total control over the people" if it became operational.
Microsoft Office 365 hits the Mac App Store
Thanks to its arrival on the Mac App Store, Microsoft Office 365 can now be downloaded and installed by Mac users with a single click. This cloud-connected office suite includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, and OneDrive. Office 365 for macOS supports Dark Mode, Continuity Camera, OneDrive Files on Demand, and more.
Microsoft acquires Citus Data, aims to improve Azure PostgreSQL
Citus Data was founded eight years ago, and now this Turkish company that focuses on building upon PostgreSQL and its open and extensible ecosystem is joining Microsoft. Unsurprisingly, neither of the two parties involved bothered to reveal the financial terms of the deal to the public.
Samsung Galaxy Sport smartwatch hits FCC, could launch alongside the Galaxy S10 family
Codenamed Pulse, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Sport smartwatch is expected to feature Bixby support and Bixby Reminders. Since it has just received its FCC certification, it would not be surprising to see the new Tizen-driven smart wearable being unveiled alongside the Galaxy S10 lineup on February 20.
Intel intros the RealSense Tracking Camera T265 for autonomous devices
The new Intel RealSense Tracking Camera T265 was designed for applications such as robotics, drones, and augmented/virtual reality (AR/VR). This US$199 piece of hardware uses proprietary visual inertial odometry simultaneous localization and mapping, can be already pre-ordered, and shipments will begin at the end of February.
Opera 58 now available, but without any major changes
Opera 58 is the first new build of the year, but there are no big changes inside it. The new version comes with a warning when trying to close a window with multiple tabs open, as well as Yandex Zen news recommendation service integration into the start page for those using the browser in Russian.
PUBG for Xbox One gets a new winter-themed map, Vikendi
In development since 2017 and available for PC gamers since December 2018, the Vikendi winter map for PUBG is now available on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The new map is accompanied by the Survivor Pass: Vikendi that rewards players of all levels for completing more than 200 missions over a multi-week season.
Intel achieves gender pay equity worldwide
Yesterday, Intel announced that a major milestone in global inclusion has been reached: gender pay equity across the company's worldwide workforce. The equity analysis that came up with this conclusion has also taken into account stock-based compensation. Intel currently employs 107,000 people in over 50 countries.
Samsung intros 20 MP ISOCELL slim sensor for full-screen display handsets
Although the 20 MP resolution is no longer a high-end specification for a modern single-sensor smartphone camera, the ISOCELL Slim 3T2 by Samsung focuses on other attributes instead. Advertised by Samsung as the industry's most compact image sensor, this piece of hardware was designed with full-screen display smartphones in mind.
Mobvoi TicWatch S2 and TicWatch E2 now available for purchase, first customers get an extra charging dock
Mobvoi's latest second-generation fitness wearables come similar specs, as both use the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 SoC, and only the design sets them apart. Powered by Google's Wear OS, the TicWatch S2 and E2 can be acquired by US-based customers directly from Mobvoi or via Amazon for US$179.99 and US$159.99.
Samsung might stop making flagships in India
A few recent bad decisions by the Indian government might force Samsung to stop the local manufacturing of Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy S9 flagships. Even worse, the company might drop its plans to increase the exports of mobile phones made in India, which were supposed to hit 40 percent of the production for 2019.
The Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch gets a solid update, new features and Tizen 184.108.40.206 in tow
The latest software update for the Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch pushes the Tizen version up to 220.127.116.11, weighs around 300 MB, and comes with sleep stages info support for the Health widget, more indoor workouts and back-to-back workout for Samsung Health, improved Quick Panel UI, and more. Sadly, it is only available in the US for now.
Xiaomi ready to launch a dedicated African department
Although Xiaomi is present in most African markets via third-party distributors, the Chinese brand is now ready to take a more direct approach by launching a dedicated department for this part of the world. Xiaomi's African Regional Department will bring official launches and after-sales support in the area, as well as better prices.
The new Samsung Exynos 7904 processor is aimed at the Indian market
The Exynos 7 Series 7904 is a new mobile processor by Samsung Electronics that aims to bring high-end features to the mid-range sector of the market. This chip was customized for the needs of the Indian consumer and sports support for single camera resolutions of up to 32 MP, but can also handle triple-camera setups.
Verizon customers get spam and robocalling protection for free
Although some customers received protection from spam and robocalling in the past, now Verizon is ready to provide these useful security features to all its customers. These two treats will be offered for free starting in March, revealed Joe Russo, senior vice president of network operations for Verizon.
Exynos 7885-powered Samsung Galaxy A30 hits Geekbench
Samsung will use the Exynos 7885 processor to power quite a few upcoming devices, and the Galaxy A30 is one of them. This handset has recently surfaced on Geekbench with Android Pie onboard and 4 GB of memory, but there is still no official announcement regarding the launch date of the new Galaxy A lineup.
F(x) Technology is working on 6-inch handset with a slide-out keyboard design
What started one year ago as a (now canceled) slide-out keyboard mod for the Moto Z lineup turned into a smartphone with a QWERTY keyboard that is expected to hit the market in Q1 2019. The Android Pie-driven F(x) handset will come with curved sides and a 6-inch AMOLED display, but the other specs are not public yet.
Collection #1 is one of the world's worst data breaches so far, with more than 772 million accounts affected
Although Yahoo's most severe data breach apparently involved more accounts than Collection #1, this new major security incident involves almost 2.7 billion records, including almost 773 million unique email addresses alongside passwords associated with those addresses on various breached services.
Google Pixel 3 Lite video review surfaces online claiming Pixel 3-level photo quality
Although the upcoming Pixel 3 Lite will be a more affordable alternative to the Google Pixel 3 flagship, a video review that has just surfaced online claims that it will provide about the same photo quality. The specs of the Pixel 3 Lite are supposed to include a Snapdragon 670 processor and a notchless 5.56-inch display.
The Xiaomi Mi 9 flagship will come with improved in-display fingerprint reading
Xiaomi's co-founder, Lin Bin, has recently uploaded a video to Weibo that reveals an improved version of the in-display fingerprint reading technology already in use on commercial devices. The most obvious change is the larger active authentication area, which now measures 25 x 50.2 mm. This solution will probably be used in the Xiaomi Mi 9 flagship.
Dell is also working on fixing XPS 15 9575 DPC latency issues
Although most DPC latency-related complaints we heard so far from Dell XPS users involved the XPS 15 9570, it looks like the XPS 15 9575 convertible is also plagued by such problems. Frank Azor has recently confirmed that Dell is working on a fix for this problem and that he will keep everyone updated on the progress.
The foldable Motorola Razr could hit Verizon later this year carrying a US$1,500 price tag
The Moto Razr 2019 seems to be ready to take on the mobile world by storm with its foldable display and other new technologies. The only problem could be the value this handset can provide, as it is expected to hit Verizon with a price tag that reads no less than US$1,500.
Pandora launches in-app voice assistant for iOS and Android
Pandora users — including those using the free version of the streaming service — can enjoy the new capabilities provided by the in-app Voice Mode. This voice assistant can be used to accomplish multiple music-related tasks by using various phrases and is activated using the "Hey Pandora" command.
Samsung Galaxy A40 spotted on Geekbench with Android Pie onboard, Exynos 7885 and 4 GB RAM in tow
Some recent rumors claim that Samsung could launch quite a few Galaxy A handsets this by the end of the year, and the Galaxy A40 is one of them. The device with the model number SM-A405FN has recently surfaced on Geekbench and its specs include the Exynos 7885 processor, 4 GB RAM, and Android 9.0 Pie-based software.
Huawei MediaPad M5 Pro Android Pie tablet surfaces on Geekbench
Powered by a HiSilicon Kirin 960 processor, the Huawei MediaPad M5 Pro also comes with an active stylus and features 4 GB of memory and up to 128 GB of internal storage space. Thanks to these attributes, this slate remains a worthy choice for content creators about one year after its release. This week, it has also been spotted running Android Pie, so a major firmware update should arrive shortly.
The Samsung Galaxy S10+ unlocked shows up on Geekbench with Snapdragon 855 onboard
Expected to be unveiled at the Unpacked event that will take place in less than a week in San Francisco, the Samsung Galaxy S10+ has recently surfaced on Geekbench. The model spotted in the popular benchmark database is labeled SM-G975U and sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, 6 GB of memory, as well as Android 9.0 Pie-based firmware.
Mortal Kombat 11 will be revealed tomorrow, launch scheduled for late April
Not long after its early December 2018 unveil, Mortal Kombat 11 is now ready to be fully revealed. However, this new installment in the 25-year old fighting game series will only be launched on April 23, 2019. Mortal Kombat 11 will be available on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One.
Fortnite is being used to launder cash
Although the game itself is free, Fortnite also features virtual coins that can be used to purchase various in-game items. Scammers use stolen credit cards to buy V-bucks and then sell them for good rates to legitimate players. Just as expected, these transactions are being done via the Dark Web.
Honor 10 Lite finally hits India
Silently introduced in China back in November 2018, the HiSilicon Kirin 710-driven Honor 10 Lite is now finally ready to conquer the Indian market. Sales will start on January 20 via Flipkart and hihonor.in. The prices are equivalent with US$210 for the 4/64 GB variant and US$253 for the 6/64 GB model.
HMD Global could launch the Nokia 9 PureView flagship in less than a month
The Nokia 9 PureView was expected to arrive at MWC 2019 in late February, but a recent report claims that this upcoming handset with no less than five cameras on the back will be unveiled before the end of January and will become available for purchase in India on February 6 for a price of around US$820 (8/128 GB model).
Huawei now blocking third-party Android launchers in China
Huawei might be on its way to becoming the world's second-largest smartphone maker, but the latest move made by the Chinese brand might be a costly one in the long run. The EMUI 9.0 update will come without access to third-party launchers, although this limitation will only be applied in China in the beginning.
Windows 7 users, ready up: You got just one year of free support left
Although mainstream support for Windows 7 SP1 ended on January 13, 2015, those still using this operating system have one year of free support and updates ahead. Unfortunately, once the extended support period will end, they have to upgrade, use a system that is no longer secure, or purchase extended security updates.
Realme 3 coming in Q1 2019, 48 MP handset also in the works
The Realme 3 will be announced in the first quarter of 2019 and will probably come without a punch-hole selfie shooter and/or a triple camera setup on the back. The handset should arrive with a dual camera setup and a notch in two variants — regular and Pro. A Realme phone with a 48 MP camera is also expected to hit the market this year.
Global production drop could help Huawei to become the world's second largest smartphone maker
Although it might struggle in some markets like India — where it lost the crown to Xiaomi — Samsung remains the leader of the global smartphone market. On the other hand, the smartphone production drop of 3.3 percent expected for 2019 could help Chinese brand Huawei to finally beat Apple and to become the world's second smartphone maker.
Samsung's upcoming Galaxy M series will debut in India at the end of January
Samsung India's online store and Amazon India will be the first to sell the lower-priced Galaxy M handsets, which will debut locally before becoming available worldwide. The Galaxy M lineup will consist of three handsets at launch, namely the Galaxy M10, Galaxy M20, and Galaxy M30.
Apple cuts iPhone 8 and XR prices in China by 20 percent
Although Apple has recently asked its suppliers to cut the iPhone production by 10 percent in the second quarter, it looks like the brand's handsets are not doing well in China. In an unprecedented move, Apple authorized mid-cycle price cuts that go as high as 22 percent for the iPhone 8 and 20 percent for the iPhone 8 Plus handsets on JD.com.
LG G8 ThinQ expected to arrive at MWC
Although LG failed to unveil the G7 flagship at MWC, as usual, it looks like the upcoming LG G8 ThinQ might arrive just in time for the yearly trade show in Barcelona. This means that the LG G8 could launch alongside a new Xiaomi flagship and just a few days after the Samsung Galaxy S10.
CAT S48c rugged phone coming to the US via Verizon
The CAT S48c can be acquired by Verizon Business and Enterprise customers at US$249.99 with a two-year contract or for a full retail price of US$599.99. This rugged 5-inch smartphone can be used with gloves or wet hands and can survive extreme temperatures and drops onto concrete from up to 6 feet.
IMDb's Freedive is a new video streaming service, only available in the US for now
Amazon's subsidiary has just released a free video streaming service that offers a rich collection of ad-supported TV shows like Fringe and Heroes, as well as various Hollywood movies like The Last Samurai, True Romance, Run Lola Run, and so on. IMDb Freedrive content can be enjoyed on mobiles, laptops/desktop PCs, as well as on big screens via Amazon Fire TV devices.
Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) running Android Pie spotted on Geekbench
Although it should receive the Android Pie update in April according to the official update roadmap, the Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) has recently surfaced on Geekbench running Android 9. This happened quite a few times already, so Samsung might update this handset earlier than expected.
Remastered Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition now available for Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and Steam
Released only for the Xbox 360 (2008 in Japan and North America, 2009 in Europe and Australia) and PlayStation 3 (2009, just in Japan), Tales of Vesperia is now back in a remastered version that can be enjoyed on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Steam (Microsoft Windows only).
Snapdragon 675-powered HiSense U30 phablet shows up with 48 MP camera, cutout display
Powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor, the HiSense U30 is a handset with a 6.3-inch O-Infinity display that features a 20 MP selfie shooter and a 48 + 5 MP main camera setup. Now on display at CES, it is scheduled to go on sale in March in China, Russia, and some European markets.
Nokia 8.1 Plus renders surface online, 360-degree video also available
According to the rendered images and 360-degree video by 91mobiles and OnLeaks, the Nokia 8.1 Plus will join the Nova 4, Galaxy A8s, and the other handsets that come with a camera hole in the display to accommodate the selfie shooter. There is also a vertical dual camera setup with a LED flash, as well as a rear-mounted fingerprint reader.
The Galaxy S10 could arrive on February 20 in San Francisco (already confirmed by Samsung) and London
Those who were waiting to see the Samsung Galaxy S10 launching at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona might soon be disappointed. According to insiders familiar with the matter, Samsung will launch the Galaxy S10 lineup on February 20, during a twin launch event that will take place in San Francisco and London.
Dell XPS 15 9570 issues still cause of concern for owners
While some are not happy to hear that the successor of the XPS 15 9570 is not being developed yet, many users are still waiting for Dell to make things right for them. The issues that need to be fixed are the DPC latency, coil whine, and the dGPU throttle.
Mobvoi shows the TicWatch S2 and the TicWatch E2 at CES, no launch date yet
Although the TicWatch E2 was unveiled a few months ago, it still has to reach the market. However, Mobvoi is showing it off at CES next to the TicWatch S2, and both should become available for purchase in the future. Sadly, there are no official launch dates or prices to talk about yet.
Fragrant Red and Comet Blue Huawei Mate 20 Pro with 8 GB RAM and 256 GB storage now available in China
The high-end Huawei Mate 20 Pro model with 8 GB of memory and no less than 256 GB of internal storage space is now available in China with two new color choices. The Fragrant Red and Comet Blue Mate 20 Pro units can be acquired from Vmall for CN¥6799 — the equivalent of about US$1,000.
Toshiba unveils a 16 TB hard drive — the industry's largest so far
The Toshiba MG08 hard drive uses a 9-disk helium design and comes with a 2.5 million-hour MTTF and a 550 TB per year workload rating. In addition to the increased capacity and data density, the 16 TB storage capacity also comes with improved power efficiency over the existing widely adopted 12 TB drives.
The next Windows 10 version will feature "reserved storage" and you might not like it
The next major Windows 10 release will reserve 7 GB of your device's storage space to avoid failing big updates due to a Windows Update bug. Due to this bug, the system is not checking for enough space before launching after an update. While 7 GB might not be much for most Windows PCs, cheap devices with 32 GB of internal storage will get in trouble.
Asus intros the Chromebook Education lineup
The new Chromebook family for the education market includes the first-ever Chrome OS-driven tablet by Asus, a 14-inch clamshell design Chromebook, an 11.6-inch convertible, and an 11.6-inch clamshell configuration. While the tablet is powered by the Rockchip OP1 processor, the other three devices use Intel Celeron processors.
Samsung updates the ultra-slim Notebook 9 Pro
Introduced back in 2017, the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro ultra-slim convertible has been redesigned for those "looking for a beautiful device that brings out their own unique style and can keep up with the pace of everyday life." Powered by an Intel Core i7-8565U processor, this portable is expected to hit the market in the coming weeks.
Alibaba and Intel get together to develop athlete tracking technology
Intel and Alibaba are now working together on AI-driven athlete tracking solutions for the Olympic Games 2020 and beyond. The technology uses both existing and upcoming Intel hardware and the Alibaba Cloud infrastructure and will improve both the training process and the audience experience during the actual events.
Intel intros Project Athena and there are no satellites involved
Previously used for a secret satellite internet project and a BlackBerry phone, Athena returns as the name of an innovation program by Intel "that defines and aims to help bring to market a new class of advanced laptops that are purpose-built to help people focus, adapt to life’s roles and always be ready."
The Asus Chromebook Flip C434 brings ZenBook features to the Chrome OS realm
The latest Chromebook by Asus, namely the Flip C434, features a 360-degree hinge and a 14-inch full HD IPS NanoEdge touchscreen display, various processor choices by Intel going as high as the Core i7-8500Y, as well as up to 8 GB of memory and up to 128 GB of eMMC internal storage.
Microsoft teams up with Kroger to pilot two connected experience stores
The partnership between Microsoft and Kroger, the largest grocery retailer in America comes as a joint effort to bring Retail as a Service to other retailers. The first result of this effort is the pair of connected experience stores that use Kroger Technology products powered by Microsoft Azure.
Razer reveals Blade 15 notebooks with 240 Hz and 4K OLED touchscreen displays
In addition to the upgraded Blade 15 Advanced, Razer is also showing two interesting prototypes at CES. The first one sports a 240 Hz full HD display, while the other one comes with a 4K OLED touchscreen. Sadly, these might not make it to the masses anytime soon, since both are only being evaluated at this stage.
UFS 3.0 benchmark results show up online and they look impressive
Although first devices with UFS 3.0 memory onboard should arrive later this year, what appears to be the first benchmark of this new memory standard has surfaced online. According to this benchmark, an unnamed UFS 3.0 solution managed to hit a sequential read speed of over 2,200 MB/s, more than 1,800 MB/s sequential write, and more than 34K IOPS random read/write operations.
Razer Blade 15 Advanced gets NVIDIA RTX 2000-series graphics
The Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model has been upgraded with new NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2000-series graphics cards for every budget, starting with the RTX 2060 with 6 GB GDDR6 and going all the way up to the RTX 2080 with 8 GB GDDR6. The top two configurations feature a Max-Q design and all will be available starting at the end of the month.
Sony Xperia XZ4 tempered film confirms 21:9 display ratio
While Sony still has to officially unveil the long-rumored Xperia XZ4, popular leakster Ice universe returns with an image of a protective film for the display of this upcoming flagship device. According to him, the size of the accessory suggests that the Xperia XZ4 is roughly the size of the iPhone Xs Max.
Asus redefines luxury on a budget with the ZenBook 14 UX431
Featuring a generous selection of processor choices from Intel, the Asus ZenBook 14 UX431 integrates the NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics adapter without being heavy or bulky. Its specs also include up to 16 GB of memory and 1 TB of internal storage, as well as a quad-speaker Harmon Kardon-certified audio system.
Huawei is targeting the server market with the Kunpeng 920 processor
Announced earlier today, the Huawei Kunpeng 920 is a new processor for big data, distributed storage, and ARM-native application scenarios. According to its creators, the Kunpeng 920 is the industry's most powerful Advanced RISC Machine (ARM)-based processor. Its launch date is still unknown for now.
The Asus ZenBook S13 comes with a reversed notch, 97 percent screen-to-body ratio
Powered by an Intel Whiskey Lake processor, the new ZenBook S13 is allegedly the thinnest laptop that features a discrete graphics solution. However, its main selling point is the impressive 97 percent screen-to-body ratio that has been achieved by placing the webcam in a notch that extends above the display area.
Xiaomi acquires small stake in TCL, the world’s third-largest LCD TV maker
The 0.48 percent stake acquisition comes less than a month after Xiaomi and the world's third-largest LCD TV manufacturer, TCL, entered a strategic partnership that involves joint efforts in many fields. The agreement focuses on the development of various hardware parts and the integration of TCL devices into Xiaomi's ecosystem of IoT and smart home devices.
Notched Huawei P Smart 2019 now official, HiSilicon Kirin 710 and dual AI cameras in tow
The Kirin 710-powered Huawei P Smart 2019 features a 6.21-inch display with a pearl-shaped notch and promises to deliver "a superior smartphone experience at an accessible price point" starting next week. The United Kingdom will be the first country to receive it, but other markets should follow in the months to come.
A new Android slate by LG surfaces online
The upcoming Android slate is now known only as the LG-V426 and we know that it received its Bluetooth and WiFi certifications already. Unfortunately, most of its specs are not public yet but, if we get lucky, we might see it on display at CES or at the MWC. Otherwise, its launch is expected to take place by the end of the first quarter.
Google needed more than three years to patch a flaw in Chrome for Android
Back in May 2015, a serious flaw in Chrome for Android that exposed various bits of sensitive information was discovered. This security issue was ignored by Google for more than three years, but now the tech giant is finally taking care of it. Unfortunately, a final fix for this vulnerability is not available yet.
Fortnite 7.10 comes with support for more devices, special holiday event, and more
Thanks to the 7.10 patch, the list of Android phones officially supported by Fortnite now also includes the Nokia 8.1, Oppo R17/R17 Pro, Samsung A8s/A9, Vivo Z3, and the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE. The update also comes with the "14 Days of Fortnite" holiday special event, but the Driftboard has been delayed.
Microsoft will soon launch the Office app for Windows 10
The My Office app will soon be replaced by a new piece of code that Microsoft has decided to simply name "Office" and that will be delivered as an automatic update in the coming months. The new app will also be available for download from the Microsoft Store, but its launch date is still unknown.
The quad-rear camera Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) hits South Korea
Samsung's 6.3-inch camera-centric mid-ranger that features no less than four cameras on its back is now finally ready to hit South Korean shelves. The 6 GB/128 GB memory/storage variant will be available for purchase in South Korea starting December 21 for the equivalent of around US$530.
HTC's next flagship could be an "extended" U12+ and already looks like a failure
HTC might only be a shadow of its former self nowadays, but it looks like 2019 will not bring any noticeable changes. Even worse, the company's president, Darren Chen, has recently revealed that the next HTC flagship will be "an extension of the latest U12 Plus" instead of an entirely new device.
The upcoming UMIDIGI S3 Pro features an impressive 48 + 12 MP main camera setup
Chinese brand UMIDIGI will soon hit us with another "flagship killer" that sports a main camera setup made by Sony that combines a 48 MP IMX586 sensor and a 12 MP telephoto shooter. The upcoming UMIDIGI S3 Pro also features a 6.3-inch full HD+ display with a waterdrop-style notch, a 5,150 mAh battery, and a luxury ceramic design.
Xiaomi teases the Play smartphone with waterdrop notch and dual camera
Leaving aside the waterdrop notch, the recently teased Xiaomi Play looks like just another mid-range offering that sports a dual camera and a circular rear-mounted fingerprint reader. The leaked specs include an unnamed octa-core processor, up to 6 GB of memory, and 32 GB to 128 GB of internal storage space.
Turing Space Industries promises to reward early Turing Phone supporters
While many people still think that Turing is trying to get some more money without delivering anything solid and the HubblePhone will turn out to be nothing else but vaporware, the company has just promised to compensate the customers who paid for a Turing Phone Dark Wyvern and have not been refunded yet.
Huawei P30 Pro protective cases show up online
Although there is no official information about the upcoming Huawei P30 series, a few Olixar protective cases have been listed for pre-order by MobileFun already. These accessories reveal that the P30 Pro is a handset that sports a display with a waterdrop-style notch, as well as a quad main camera setup.
The Linux smartphone is back: Purism Librem 5 developer kit now shipping
Supporting both Purism's own PureOS Linux-based operating system and Ubuntu Touch, which is now being developed by the UBports team, the Librem 5 smartphone is supposed to hit first customers next year, in April. However, the first developer kits are already shipping to those who already placed orders.
Breaking the oath: Verizon's subsidiary will become Verizon Media Group in 2019
Less than two years since it launched the Oath subsidiary, Verizon has decided to rebrand it as Verizon Media Group. This change will become effective on January 8, which also happens to be the day when next year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas will open its gates for the public (after two days of media-only events).
NASA has been compromised in October, the magnitude of the breach is still unkown
Yesterday, NASA revealed that a possible compromise of its servers where personally identifiable information was stored has been under investigation since October 23. The servers have been secured since then, but NASA and its cybersecurity partners are still working on determining all the details of the data exfiltration.
War Thunder goes supersonic with the 1.85 update
War Thunder 1.85 "Supersonic" is a major update to Gaijin Entertainment's flagship product and — as its name suggests — it comes with supersonic aircraft. Other noticeable changes include the Italian ground vehicles tree, thermal guided air-to-air missiles, new ships, new locations, and many minor adjustments.
Looking for porn? You can scratch Tumblr from the list
More than a decade after its founding, Tumblr has finally reached a critical point and has decided to turn into "a better, more positive" version of itself by banning adult content, including nudity (with some exceptions). The new guidelines will be enforced starting today, but the affected pages will not disappear overnight.
World of Tanks 1.3 comes with new options for vehicle customization, Personal Missions changes, and more
Although some issues that have been around for ages — such as idle players, a broken matchmaking system, and bots — have not been addressed, World of Tanks 1.3 comes with large-scale decals, a few reworked maps, a new map for the Grand Battles mode, tweaked Personal Missions, and other minor changes.
Asus launches the Zenfone Max Pro M2 and Asus Zenfone Max M2 in India
The new Zenfone Max Pro M2 and Zenfone Max M2 handsets by Asus both feature a 6.3-inch display, but they are quite different. The first comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor and up to 6 GB of memory, while its more affordable companion sports a Snapdragon 632 chip and up to 4 GB of memory.
Rize could be a new handset family by Samsung, three individual devices already registered
Previously reported as a possible name for Samsung's upcoming foldable handset, Rize returns as the name of no less than three devices. The Rize10, Rize20, and Rize30 smartphone models have just surfaced in three trademark documents published by the European Union Intellectual Property Office, but most details are still missing.
Google Sounds is a new app that brings more flexible ringtone and alarm settings, but only to some phones
Although Pixel owners will probably get some exclusive treats, as usual, the Google Sounds app should work with most modern Android handsets. This app — which should be included in the December Android Update — comes with more options for the sounds used for notifications, alarms, and ringtones.
Group Stories rolls out to Facebook users worldwide
Those who love Facebook's Stories feature can finally enjoy it in their Groups as well. Group Stories has been tested starting earlier this year, and now this feature is finally available for Facebook users all around the world on iOS, Android, or desktop.
CS:GO finally becomes a free to play title and gets a battle royale mode
Less than eight years since its release, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has been turned into a free to play title. However, the best part is that the favorite first-person shooter of millions has also received a battle royale mode named Danger Zone that brings together up to 16 players in a fight to the last.
The Mobvoi TicWatch C2 smartwatch finally hits the US market
The IP68-rated Mobvoi TicWatch C2 is now available for purchase in the US for US$199.99. Powered by Google's Wear OS and the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor, this smart wearable features NFC connectivity and has a built-in GPS, as well as heart rate monitoring capabilities.
Microsoft and Upwork team up to launch the Microsoft 365 freelance toolkit
Enterprises that choose to assign various tasks to a large number of freelancers often find it difficult to manage all the processes involved, especially when working under strict deadlines. The Microsoft 365 freelance toolkit has been created to help and is freely available for subscribers of Office 365 Enterprise or Microsoft 365 Enterprise.
The Crypto Pre-Order Campaign of the Turing HubblePhone K3-XR next-gen handset will start on December 13
Advertised as a multi-screen 5G smartphone with a professional camera and a mobile gaming console, the HubblePhone K3-XR Copernicus is supposed to arrive in about a year, but there are two more models — Cassini and Herschel — that should hit the market in 2020. The pre-orders (roughly 1850 to 4250 USD) can be paid using BC or USDT.
Xiaomi teases 48 MP camera handset, might launch it in early 2019
Although he did not confirm the name of the handset — which might be the Xiaomi Mi 9 — Lin Bin has recently shown a teaser of a 48 MP camera phone. If no other Chinese brand that often goes for the "first one to release" crown — such as Oppo or VIVO — launches such a handset first, the Xiaomi Mi 9 could become the first 48 MP handset.
Google has decided to stop supporting Allo and focus on Messages instead
Earlier this year, Google decided to stop investing in Allo and pushed some of its popular features — such as Smart Reply, GIFs, and desktop support — to the Messages app. Yesterday, Google has finally confirmed that the smart messaging app Allo will go down, but it will continue to work until March 2019.
QNAP unleashes the TVS-x72XT NAS, 8th gen Intel Core processors and Thunderbolt 3 connectivity in tow
In addition to the 8th generation Intel Core processor options and Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, the new TVS-x72XT NAS by QNAP also features HDMI 2.0, M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD slots, and 10 GbE connectivity. The lineup includes models with 4, 6, and 8 drive bays, all of them already available for purchase worldwide.
100 million Quora accounts were compromised in a major breach that was discovered last week
Quora's CEO Adam D'Angelo has just revealed that the personal data of more than 100 million of the question-and-answer portal's users has been stolen in a recent attack. The data affected includes names/passwords/email addresses, public content/actions, as well as non-public content/actions, including direct messages.
The phantom returns: Researchers discover a new Spectre CPU attack, name it SplitSpectre
Barnes & Noble is back with the US$49.99 7-inch NOOK Tablet
The most affordable slate by Barnes & Noble has just received a refresh without jumping over the US$50 sweet spot. Its specs now include 16 GB of storage space, a "vivid and bright" 7-inch IPS display, as well as up to 7 hours of battery life while reading, watching videos, and browsing the web.
AMD has smashed Intel in Germany last month
AMD might not be doing that great on the stock market, but the data provided by Germany's largest e-tailer shows that this brand is actually doing great. In November, Mindfactory has sold two AMD processors for each Intel processor. The best seller was the Ryzen 5 2600, followed by the 2700X and the 2600X.
Xiaomi teams up with IKEA to smarten up your home
The first noticeable result of the new strategic partnership that involves Xiaomi and IKEA will come forward next month when IKEA's line of smart lighting products will be connected to the IoT platform of the Chinese company. Obviously, more IKEA smart home products should get the Xiaomi treatment in 2019.
QNAP launches the HS-453DX Silent NAS with a stylish set-top design
QNAP's new HS-453DX silent NAS is a storage accessory for home users that sports an Intel Celeron quad-core processor, 4K real-time transcoding, and 10 GbE connectivity. The best part of it all is that these capabilities are provided via a fanless set-top design that is perfect for living rooms and home theater setups.
Samsung Galaxy A8s (SM-G8870) with Infinity-O display hits FCC
Although the FCC documents only mention that the Samsung Galaxy A8s sports Bluetooth 5.0 and a few other connectivity-related details, the rumors claim that this handset will hit the market with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor under the hood, a 6.39-inch Infinity-O display, a triple camera setup on the back, and a 24 MP selfie shooter.
OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition to hit the market with 10 GB RAM and 256 GB internal storage
Advertised as a "Salute to Speed," the upcoming OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition will be unveiled on December 11, at the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking. This limited edition handset is expected to be the first OnePlus device to feature 10 GB of memory and 256 GB of internal storage space.
Sea of Thieves gets a new free update called "Shrouded Spoils"
The fourth major update for Microsoft's Sea of Thieves arrives under the "Shrouded Spoils" banner and includes new Merchant Alliance items, six new skeleton forts (in addition to the three existing ones), improved skeleton ships, new custom ship items, more frequent Kraken appearances, new Megalodon variants, and more.
The Microsoft Store for Windows 10 gets 60 million songs thanks to Tidal
Although the TIDAL music streaming app is now freely available for Windows 10 users via the Microsoft Store, to access the entire library of over 60 million tracks and 244,000 music videos, a paid membership is required. The two choices available are the US$9.99/month Premium plan and the US$19.99 HiFi membership.
Android Pie now available for the Nokia 7.1
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 636-powered Nokia 7.1 has been around for only a few weeks, but it arrived with Android Oreo onboard. Now, this Android One device is already receiving the Android Pie treatment as promised, and the units located in all regions of the world should get the new software in a few days.
BLU Products is back with the 6.2-inch Vivo XL4
The BLU Vivo XL4 is a 6.2-inch Android handset with a MediaTek Helio P22 processor inside, next to 3 GB of memory and 32 GB of internal storage space. Sporting a generous 4,000 mAh battery (thankfully featuring 5 V/2 A fast charging) and a 13 + 2 MP main camera setup, this handset can be acquired from Amazon for US$149.99.
Students can now enjoy special YouTube Music and YouTube Premium plans
Just in time for their winter break, students can enjoy YouTube Music and YouTube Premium at affordable prices. The special plans come for US$4.99 a month for YouTube Music Premium and US$6.99 for YouTube Premium, but those who sign up by the end of January 2019 can get YouTube Premium for the special rate of US$5.99.
Samsung brings up to 4 TB of affordable SSD storage to home users with the new 860 QVO SATA drive
The new 860 QVO SSD drive uses a Samsung MJX controller and will be available next month in 1 TB, 2 TB, and 4 TB versions. This 2.5-inch SATA drive provides sequential read/write speeds of up to 550/520 MB/s and random read/write performance of up to 97/89K IOPS. The prices will start at US$149.99.
Exynos 9820-powered Samsung Galaxy S10 benchmark results spotted online
Earlier today, the first benchmark of the upcoming Exynos 9820-driven Samsung Galaxy S10 surfaced on AnTuTu. The handset in question is internally referred to as "beyond2" and might hit the market as the Galaxy S10+ (SM-G975F). In this test, the Exynos chip was clocked at up to 2.7 GHz and the final score was 325,076.
Samsung Galaxy M10 surfaces on Geekbench
As revealed by Geekbench, the Exynos 7870-driven Samsung Galaxy M10 (SM-M105F) might just be the lowest-end model of the upcoming Galaxy M family. Its specs also include 3 GB of memory and 16 GB or 32 GB of internal storage space (two distinct models). The unit tested on Geekbench runs Android 8.1 Oreo.
Microsoft Launcher 5.1 sports To-Do, Sticky Notes, and digital wellbeing
The upcoming refresh — which will bring Microsoft's Android launcher to version 5.1 — already looks impressive. The Beta build shows To-Do integration, Sticky Notes, as well as a set of features that are Microsoft's answer to Google's Digital Wellbeing. This update should arrive in a few days.
White Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is now official, coming to Taiwan next month
Apparently called First Snow White to commemorate the first snowfall of the year in Taiwan, the white Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is now official. Obviously, this color option for Samsung's latest Galaxy Note also comes with a white S Pen. Those interested will be able to buy it starting next month for the equivalent of almost US$1,000.
Kingdom Rush Vengeance hits iOS and Android
This franchise that has been around since 2011 — when the first Kingdom Rush title was introduced as a free flash browser game — is back to Android and iOS as Kingdom Rush Vengeance. This new fantasy tower defense title involves fights against trolls, orcs, wizards, in various environments such as forests, wastelands, and mountains.
HiSilicon Kirin 710-powered Honor 10 Lite silently introduced in China
Available with up to 6 GB of memory and 128 GB of internal storage space, the HiSilicon Kirin 710-driven Honor 10 Lite sports a 6.2-inch display, a 3,400 mAh battery with fast charging, as well as a dual camera setup on the back and a generous 24 MP selfie shooter. It comes with Android Pie-based firmware onboard and retails for up to US$275.
Alienware's new Command Center comes with CPU, GPU and memory overclocking options
The latest Command Center software by Alienware finally brings CPU, GPU, and memory overclocking capabilities to the "current-gen platforms with compatible components," so those using older Alienware hardware might not be able to fully enjoy these benefits. However, even XPS users can install this piece of code and use some of its features.
India gets two Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro variants
Introduced at the end of September in Thailand, the 6.26-inch Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro is now coming to India. Although the 6 GB RAM variant was supposed to come with 128 GB of internal storage, both models available in India seem to sport 64 GB (there is also microSD support, fortunately).
Bixby 3.0 confirmed to launch with the Samsung Galaxy F
A key Samsung executive has just confirmed that the upcoming Galaxy F foldable handset will ship with Bixby 2.0's successor. However, he also added that the company has not decided yet if the next-gen virtual assistant will be branded as Bixby 3.0, so in the end we might get Bixby F or something completely different.
Tumblr kicked out from the App Store due to child pornography
Tumblr's disappearance from Apple's App Store finally has an official reason: what was first simply described as "an issue" was, in fact, child pornography that slipped through the filters — enough of it to make the app vanish. This is not the first time Tumblr has run into pornography-related problems — most likely not the last time, either.
Apple Maps returns to the basics via on-foot data collection
Since Apple Maps often gives the same directions to pedestrians and drivers, the company's pedestrian recon teams are now back on the streets of the United States. The individuals who are part of these teams are wearing backpacks apparently filled with the same cameras and sensors as those found on Apple Maps vehicles.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 450-powered Oppo A7 with 4,320 mAh battery now up for pre-order in China
Priced at the equivalent of US$230 in China and around US$310 in Nepal, the Oppo A7 is a 6.2-inch handset with a Snapdragon 450 inside, as well as 4 GB of memory and 32 or 64 GB of internal storage. There is also a generous 4,320 mAh battery, dual cameras on both sides, as well as HyperBoost capabilities.
Apple opens Champs-Élysées store in Paris
The new Apple store that opened its doors for the first time last Sunday in Paris is located on one of the most famous shopping streets in the world — the Champs-Élysées — and is entirely powered using renewable energy. Apple Champs-Élysées has over 100 employees that belong to 15 nationalities and speak 17 languages.
Microsoft buys FSLogix to improve Office 365 virtualization
FSLogix is a next-gen app-provisioning platform that optimizes the ingredients — hardware resources, time, and human resources — needed to offer virtualization support when deploying and scaling Windows and Office on Azure. As usual, the financial details have been left out of the spotlight.
Android 8.1 Oreo now available for the Galaxy J7 (2016)
The Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) has just become the first Galaxy J series handset to receive two major upgrades for the operating system. In some markets, this handset has received Android 8.1 Oreo, but it is not clear yet if the Galaxy J5 (2016) will get the same treatment or not. The new firmware comes with Samsung Experience 9.5 on top.
Motorola One and One Power get Android 9.0 Pie in some markets
Finally launched in the United States earlier this month, the Motorola One is already receiving Android 9.0 Pie. In addition to the Motorola One, Android Pie is now reaching the Motorola One Power as well. Both these two handsets are also expected to get the Android 10 Q update once it comes out.
Budget Samsung phones will adjust screen brightness using selfies, the Galaxy J8 is already doing it
In a rather awkward effort aimed at reducing the production costs by a very small amount, Samsung is now using the front-facing camera to take selfies and adjust the screen brightness based on them instead of including an ambient light sensor. In some markets, Galaxy J8 owners are already receiving this feature via a software update.
Shadow Fight 3 celebrates its first anniversary
Although Nekki's Shadow Fight has a history that started back in 2011, Shadow Fight 3 is only one year old. This action-RPG fighting game is available for iOS and Android devices, supports 11 languages, and works great on mid-range hardware while providing a realistic visual experience at the same time.
Huawei's 5G phone confirmed to show up at MWC 2019
Although there are still some rumors involved — for example, that this handset will be a foldable one — at least Huawei has confirmed that its first 5G phone will be unveiled at MWC 2019, which is scheduled to take place in Barcelona, Spain on February 25-28. Other major brands will probably bring 5G phones at CES in January, but Huawei is not well received in the US nowadays.
Warhammer: Vermintide 2 Beta now available for PlayStation 4, launch scheduled for December
PlayStation 4 players who have been waiting for Warhammer: Vermintide 2 to hit their consoles since early March can now take this title for a spin, although this console version is still in a Beta phase. Its release date has been set for December 18 — more than five months after the arrival of the Xbox One version.
Next-gen Neural Machine Translation now available in Microsoft Translator
Although Microsoft Translator supports over 60 languages and 12 speech languages, the next-gen Neural Machine Translation improvements are only available for Chinese and German from/to English translations for now. More languages will be supported by the new system — which brings an 11 percent in overall quality — starting in early 2019.
Google's Digital Wellbeing is now out of Beta
Google Pixel users — and the lucky ones who are using other handsets — on Android Pie can finally enjoy the Digital Wellbeing app, which has just rolled out of Beta. As more handsets get updated to Android Pie, the list of Digital Wellbeing-supported devices should also receive new entries.
Microsoft continues its AI offensive by acquiring XOXCO
After this year's earlier AI-related acquisitions that involved Semantic Machines (May), Bonsai (July), and Lobe (September), Microsoft is up for another round. Its latest purchase is XOXCO, a software product design and development studio that has been developing conversational AI and bots so far.
Fallout 76 hits Xbox One
The award-winning creators of Skyrim and Fallout 4 are back with Fallout 76, an online prequel to the epic series of post-apocalyptic RPGs that was introduced by Interplay Entertainment back in 1997. Fallout 76 is now available via the Microsoft Store as an Xbox One X Enhanced title and also comes as a Tricentennial Edition with various in-game bonuses.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 gets the most important update so far
The latest update to Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is a massive one and comes with a rather long list of changes, which includes Nuketown, Daily Tier Skip, Blackout with Nuketown Island zombies and the Bowie Knife, stability tweaks, and much more. The update is already rolling out to PlayStation 4 consoles, and the other platforms should get it next week.
AT&T adding the Razer Phone 2 to its portfolio later this week
The successor of the original Razer Phone will go on sale this Friday directly online from AT&T's website, but those in a hurry will also be able to grab it from the San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, and Seattle flagship stores. Even more, these locations will host special gaming events dedicated to the Razer Phone 2.
Ice Blue Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ coming to China next week
Although there is little doubt about the fact that Samsung will make this color option available for the entire world in the coming months, the Ice Blue Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will only launch in China. Fortunately, those who just want a blue contemporary Galaxy S flagship can already find the Coral Blue flavor in most markets.
Would you migrate from G Suite to Office 365? Microsoft thinks so and is developing a tool for it
Although Google's G Suite is more than enough for the office-related needs of many companies, Microsoft is working on a tool that would ease their migration to Office 365. If everything goes as planned, this "G Suite migration experience" should become available in the second quarter of 2019.
Android Pie Beta for the Xiaomi Mi A2 rolls out
The Xiaomi Mi A2 is supposed to receive the Android Pie update before the end of the year, but the firmware still needs some work. For now, the official Beta ROM can be downloaded via TWRP or fastboot and tried by the more adventurous users. Obviously, there is no OTA update to talk about at this stage.
Thunder Purple OnePlus 6T coming to the US and Europe
Only launched in Midnight Black and Mirror Black, the OnePlus 6T flagship also received a Thunder Purple color option after a while. Sadly, it was supposed to be a China-exclusive choice, but now it seems that the US and Europe will receive it as well. The price remains the same and the sales should start on November 15, at 9 AM EST.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 660-powered Vivo X21s hits China
Only available in a 6 GB/128 GB memory/storage configuration, the Vivo X21s can be acquired in China for around US$360 and sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor, a 12 + 5 MP dual camera setup on the back with AI-driven scene detection, as well as a generous 6.41-inch display with a small notch.
Android Pie finally hits the Sony Xperia XZ Premium and Xperia XZ1
Although Sony promised to deliver Android Pie on October 26 to quite a few supported Xperia handsets, the update was a bit delayed. Fortunately, the Xperia XZ Premium, XZ1, and XZ1 Compact are now finally receiving the Android 9.0 firmware. Obviously, the other supported Xperia devices should get the update in the coming months as well.
Mid-range LG Q9 spotted online, Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor in tow
The first press render of the upcoming mid-range LG Q9 shows a notched display with a rather wide chin, as well as a noticeable forehead. The list of specs and features includes 4 GB of memory, NFC connectivity, 32 GB or 64 GB storage, as well as a Snapdragon 660 processor. Sadly, there is no info about the launch date and pricing yet.
Samsung might unveil the Exynos 9820 SoC this Wednesday
Although the recent teaser that Samsung has posted on Twitter only says "Intelligence from within" and contains the date of November 14, it is almost certain that this is all about the launch of the Exynos 9820 processor. This chip would make Samsung the third brand to enter the 7 nm realm, after Apple and Huawei.
Microsoft Launcher 5.0 comes with Windows Timeline support
After spending a bit over a month in the Beta stage, Microsoft Launcher 5.0 is finally available for everyone as a stable release. The most important changes are the introduction of an updated Your Feed page and Windows Timeline support, but there are various other goodies in store as well.
The Alienware m15 with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 is coming in early 2019
Frank Azor has just confirmed that the new top end hardware configurations for the Alienware m15 gaming notebook will arrive in about 60 days if everything goes as expected. This means that both the high- and low-end configurations will probably arrive at the same time, most likely by mid-January.
The latest Huawei Matebook 13 sports NFC support and Whiskey Lake-U processor options
The new Huawei Matebook 13 has the camera (finally!) placed above the display and is powered by an Intel Whiskey Lake-U processor. With a screen-to-body ratio of 88 percent, this compact notebook also features NFC connectivity and will be available — most likely next month — in gray, silver, and rose gold.
SK Hynix unveils world's first 96-layer 512 Gb 4D NAND flash chip
SK Hynix managed to beat Samsung and Toshiba once again in being the first one to unveil a flash memory product. This time, it is the world's first 96-layer 512 Gb 4D NAND flash chip. Mass production will start before the end of the year and the first products to use the new chips should show up in the first quarter of 2019.
Path of Exile coming to PlayStation 4 next month
Available for Microsoft Windows since October 2013, Path of Exile finally became available on Xbox One consoles in August 2017. Now, the PlayStation 4 version is finally (almost) ready to roll out, as it should arrive — if everything works as expected — by the end of next month. Sadly, cross-platform support is not in the cards yet.
The Matrix is here: Lenovo opens unmanned convenience store
The first Lenovo Lecoo Unmanned Store is located in Beijing, at the company's tech campus. Its goal is to help Lenovo test its facial recognition, electronic payment, IoT, AI, and AR technologies. The catch is that Lenovo tablets are being used instead of the human staff one would expect to see in a store.
Barnes & Noble unleashes the US$130 NOOK Tablet 10.1
Powered by an unspecified processor — most likely a low-end MediaTek chip — the 10.1-inch NOOK Tablet 10.1 comes with 32 GB of internal storage space and promises more than 8 hours of autonomy. Those interested will find this US$129.99 slate in Barnes & Noble stores starting on Wednesday, November 14.
Fotolia is now part of Adobe Stock
More than three years since Adobe Systems completed the acquisition of the Fotolia microstock agency, this service that provides more than 57 million high-resolution royalty-free images and videos has finally been integrated into Adobe Stock.
Alienware m15 with i5 and GTX 1060 coming in about two months
Since some think that an Intel Core i5 processor would be enough for their new gaming notebook, it seems that Alienware's latest machine will soon get new hardware options. Frank Azor has just confirmed that an i5+ GeForce GTX 1060 configuration for the Alienware m15 should arrive in about two months.
Apple's iPhone X gets speed throttling
Although Apple has previously said that this controversial feature would not be pushed to its post-iPhone 7 handsets, it seems that the Cupertino-based giant has decided to add speed throttling for the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X in the iOS 12.1 update after all.
Budget slider smartphone Lenovo Z5 Pro now official
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 710-powered Lenovo Z5 Pro comes with a generous 6.39-inch display, 6 GB of memory, and a 16 MP + 24 MP main camera setup. With a slider design similar to the one used by the recently released Mi Mix 3, the Z5 Pro starts below the US$300 threshold (the variant with 64 GB internal storage).
QNAP unveils the TS-2888X AI-ready NAS, pre-orders now open for 15 percent off
QNAP's new TS-2888X AI-ready NAS starts at US$4,900 (discounted) and can be pre-ordered for 15 percent off until the end of the month. All available models come with Intel Xeon W series processors, ASETEK liquid cooling, up to 512 GB of memory, up to 4 graphics cards, and a 2,000 Watt PSU switch and connector.
Alienware will launch a new wireless mouse next year
Alienware might have not been able to hit the jackpot with its gaming mice yet, but that can change anytime. Although most gamers would rather use a wired mouse, Frank Azor has confirmed that Alienware is currently developing a wireless one which is supposed to hit the market next year.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080-powered Alienware m15 coming soon, confirms Frank Azor (and Dell)
In a discussion about the latest Alienware laptop that unfolded on Twitter less than a day ago, Frank Azor highlighted the amazingly low weight of this portable — a detail that many forget about and focus on the notebook's thin design instead — and confirmed that an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 configuration is on its way.
Android Pie-driven Xiaomi Mi 8 SE hits Geekbench
Since the Xiaomi Mi 8 and Mi 8 Explorer Edition already got Android 9.0 Pie, seeing the Mi 8 SE on Geekbench with the latest Android update onboard is not surprising at all. However, this only means that Xiaomi has begun testing the update and it might need at least a few weeks before being ready for launch.
Custom OPPO R15 with 5G capabilities tested successfully
Although this is only about connecting a custom R15 to a 5G network in the company's research lab for now, OPPO is planning to become the first Chinese company to bring a 5G smartphone to the market in 2019. Unfortunately, they will have to beat Huawei, LG, ZTE, and all the others who are also chasing the same goal.
Samsung intros 48 MP and 32 MP 0.8 μm ISOCELL sensors
The 48 MP ISOCELL Bright GM1 and 32 MP ISOCELL Bright GD1 are Samsung's new 0.8-micrometer image sensors for mobile devices that enable camera module manufacturers to build smaller modules or cram more pixels into existing designs. These sensors support Gyro-based image stabilization and the Tetracell technology for increased light sensitivity.
Apple unleashes iOS 12.1, Group FaceTime and new emojis in tow
Just as previously rumored, the new update for Apple's mobile operating system — iOS 12.1 — comes with Group FaceTime and a set of new emojis. In addition to these changes that target all compatible iPhones and iPads, the iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max receive depth control in camera preview and dual-SIM support.
Xiaomi has already reached its annual sales target
Although it might not be doing great on the stock exchange yet, Xiaomi managed to hit its sales target for this year already. Still trailing Huawei and OPPO in China, Xiaomi managed to go from 70 million units in the first 10 months of 2017 all the way to this year's rather ambitious target of 100 million units.
New patent describes a quad-notch handset
The move of the notch from the top middle area to the corners of the display might not be a bad idea, as revealed by a new patent. In addition to a quad-notch handset, this patent also describes a smart wearable with a similar design, as well as the software approach needed to show the content correctly on such a display.
LG Pay Quick coming to South Korea, Europe, and the US
Although LG Pay was supposed to reach the US back in June, it still needs to get there. However, LG has just registered the LG Pay Quick trademark in South Korea, Europe, and the US. There might not be a launch date to talk about yet, but it seems that everything is finally moving in the right direction.
Red Dead Redemption 2 hits Xbox One
The creators of Grand Theft Auto V, Rockstar Games, are back with the second game in the Red Dead Redemption series. Red Dead Redemption 2 comes with access to Red Dead Online, and those who download it from the Microsoft Store by October 29 will get pre-order bonuses such as The War Horse, The Outlaw Survival Kit, and more.
Vivaldi 2.1 now available with improved Quick Commands
Less than a month after the release of the 2.0 major update, Vivaldi 2.1 arrives with noticeable improvements to the popular Quick Commands feature. Notes can be created directly in Quick Commands, Page and UI Zoom can both be adjusted via Quick Commands, the browser now supports the AV1 standard, and more.
Samsung plans to bring 5G to India next year for a large-scale trial
Samsung and India's Department of Telecommunications teamed up to conduct the first large-scale 5G trial in the country, which is scheduled to take place in the first quarter of 2019 if everything works as planned. Samsung made the announcement at the India Mobile Congress 2018 earlier this week.
LG Mobile's new strategy is allegedly working, but Q3 2018 losses reached US$130 million
Although LG Electronics has reported a profit of almost US$668 million for the third quarter of 2018, the LG Mobile Communications Company had to face a weakening demand and increasing competition and reported an operating loss of roughly US$130 million. However, LG mobile branch seems to be on the right path.
Meizu announces 6-inch Note 8, shipments to start next week
Also known as the M8 Note, the Meizu Note 8 is a 6-inch Qualcomm Snapdragon 632-driven Android handset that comes in blue, red, purple, and black. This handset sports a rather common 12 + 5 MP dual camera setup on the back, and will go on sale in China next week for the equivalent of about US$185 (4/64 GB configuration).
Google's Files Go app gets faster sharing and a built-in media player
The set of new features that have just been added to Google Files Go includes — but is not limited to — the following: advanced file browsing, secure app installs, faster sharing, and even a built-in media player that supports both audio and video files, as well as background audio playback.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845-powered Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 now official with wireless charging and up to 10 GB of memory
Although it sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor and up to 10 GB of memory, the 6.4-inch Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 launches without facial recognition or an in-display fingerprint reader, and the 5G variant is only supposed to hit the market in the first part of 2019. Nevertheless, this is an interesting device that starts below the US$500 threshold.
Facebook Messenger 4 goes all-white and only sports three tabs
Expected to roll out to Android and iOS devices in the coming weeks, Facebook Messenger 4 comes with a simplified white interface that only sports three tabs, and it also comes with the ability to add color gradients to chat bubbles. In the future, this mobile app is also expected to get a Dark Mode.
UFS 3.0 storage coming next year, LPDDR5 in 2020
Although both were supposed to enter production in the second half of this year, it looks like the next-gen UFS storage solutions and LPDDR5 will not hit the market as soon as expected. While the UFS 3.0 memory will arrive in the first half of next year, the LPDDR5 DRAM chips will only roll out — if everything works as planned, obviously — in 2020.
The Asus Chromebook C223 and C423 join yesterday's C523
With prices starting at just US$229, the Asus Chromebook C223 and C423 both use the Intel Celeron N3350 processor and feature USB Type-C connectivity, dual-band WiFi, a microSD slot, 4 GB of memory, and 32 GB eMMC internal storage. The 11.6-inch C223 is one of the thinnest Chromebooks on the market, but lacks a touchscreen option.
War Thunder 1.83 "Masters of the Sea" takes naval battles into Open Beta
War Thunder 1.83 "Masters of the Sea" introduces the British Royal Navy tech tree (in Closed Beta), but also brings in new German, Soviet, and American vessels. The naval forces of these three nations can now be played by everyone, but there is even more to this update, such as German helicopters, new planes, and new ground vehicles.
OnePlus hopes to ride the first 5G wave next year, confirms Carl Pei
Since most major brands should be working on their first 5G handsets already, the fact that Carl Pei has recently confirmed that OnePlus is also set to release its first 5G phone next year is not a surprise. However, the co-founder of this popular brand is apparently not sure if the device will be ready in time for the first 5G wave.
Samsung unexpectedly unveils the retro-looking Notebook Flash, Gigabit WiFi included
The 13.3-inch Samsung Notebook Flash features a retro-looking keyboard, Gigabit WiFi connectivity, and has been optimized for the network of the South Korean carrier KT. Priced at the equivalent of US$715, this portable will probably not reach other markets, but this is something that remains to be seen.
The 15.6-inch C523 is the largest Chromebook by Asus to date
The new Asus Chromebook C523 comes with a full HD display with a touchscreen option, Intel Celeron N3350 or Intel Pentium N4200, and 4 GB or 8 GB of memory. This portable has no price and release date yet, but it should hit the market soon for around US$400 (considering the prices of similar models by Acer that have been around for a while).
Samsung Galaxy S10 specs sheet surfaces on Weibo, still a few months left until launch
Although virtually no flagship from a major brand comes with just two cameras nowadays, one of the three upcoming Galaxy S10 models is expected to feature a single camera on each side. On the other hand, the top-of-the-line variant apparently has a total of five cameras. In the end, this might be just another partially accurate rumor.
No Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro for the US market
Google and Apple can celebrate because the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and its non-Pro sibling will not give them a hard time in the US. Unfortunately for Huawei's US fans, the Chinese company has just confirmed that these two devices will not be available locally. However, European and Asian variants might be imported.
Lenovo S5 Pro debuts in China, dual camera with 2X optical zoom in tow
With a 6.2-inch full HD+ display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor, the Lenovo S5 Pro also brings two dual camera setups (one on each side) in the sub-US$200 price range, something that no major brand managed to do so far. Sadly, this handset might remain exclusively available in China.
Windows 10 ARM could get a native Google Chrome release in the second half of 2019
Google Chrome users who run the browser on Qualcomm Snapdragon-driven Windows 10 ARM laptops are facing performance problems due to the fact that these machines have to emulate this piece of code. Qualcomm has confirmed that an ARM port of Chrome is in the making, but it might take almost a year until it becomes available.
The Digital Wellbeing app now available for testing on Android One handsets
Only available for Pixel devices until now, the Digital Wellbeing app is finally ready for Android One handsets. The problem is that it only works on Android 9.0 Pie, so only Nokia 7 Plus and Nokia 6.1 Plus users can enjoy this piece of code until additional Android One devices receive the update.
Dell XPS 15 9570's DPC latency issue should be fixed soon
At first glance, the Dell XPS 15 9570 is a good choice for those who are looking for a powerful yet portable machine to use for music production. Sadly, a DPC latency issue makes it unsuitable for this task, but Frank Azor has just confirmed that the company is working on fixing this issue, so it should be patched soon.
Samsung's gaming phone with in-house GPU allegedly in the works
Although the technical details are shady at this stage, it seems that Samsung is working on an in-house GPU for its upcoming gaming handset. Sadly, there is no release date to talk about yet, but given the increasing popularity of this segment of the market, there is no doubt that Samsung will join the gaming phone sector as soon as possible.
Soulcalibur VI now available for arcade, consoles, and Windows
Even available for old-school coin-operated machines, Soulcalibur VI is now out for Windows PCs, as well as Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles. With a roster of returning fighters and newcomers, this title is set in the 16th century and aims to "uncover hidden truths" about the events of the first Soulcalibur game.
The Alienware m15 coming to the US next week, confirms Frank Azor
With a lighter and thinner design than the Alienware 13, the new Alienware m15 is the brand's most compact gaming notebook so far. Frank Azor has just confirmed that this new machine for gamers on the go will hit the market on October 25, just as expected. The starting price will be US$1,300, but high-end SKUs are expected to hit US$2,000.
Google app licenses for Android to reach US$40 per phone
As if the various taxes already in place are not enough, Android users in the EU will end up paying more for their phones starting next year due to the licensing fees that Google will start charging for devices that are activated starting on February 1. These fees will start at US$2.5 per device and can hit US$40, depending on the pixel density and market.
Samsung Family Square shutting down next week
Samsung has shut down services in the past and will surely do the same in the future, so the fact that Family Square is going down is nothing out of this world. This app came with the 18.4-inch Galaxy View and its goal was to enable users to put images on a virtual wall, including from other devices connected to the local network.
Ubuntu 18.10 "Cosmic Cuttlefish" now available, new default theme and performance improvements in tow
As previously announced, the Ubuntu 18.10 release comes with the GNOME 3.30 desktop and Yaru — the new default theme that has been developed by the community. The new kernel and updated graphics libraries now support the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B/B+, the AMD Vega M-powered Kaby Lake G series, as well as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845.
DxOMark: The LG G7 ThinQ fails to get a top 10 score
Although this premium flagship sports quite a few attractive features, including a dual camera setup with OIS and specs that look great in theory, it failed to score more than 83 DxOMark points. While the test has shown that the G7 ThinQ's cameras can provide vivid colors and good exposure, the zoom and bokeh areas place it well behind its competitors.
Huawei confirms to be working on a 5G foldable phone, release date still unknown
During the Mate 20 Pro launch event, Huawei's CEO was asked about foldable handsets. Richard Yu confirmed that the company is working on foldable phones, also adding that these handsets feature 5G connectivity. Sadly, he did not reveal any other technical details or a launch date, but previous reports mentioned June 2019.
Vertu returns with the US$5,000 Aster P luxury smartphone
The brand once owned by Nokia is back with the Vertu Aster P, a luxury handset that is all about status. Available in China for a bit over US$5,000, this handset is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor and does not even have a dual camera setup on the back, but nobody buys Verty handsets for their specs, right?
Dell and Alienware's gaming business is thriving
In a first-ever move, Frank Azor has just disclosed data related to the Dell and Alienware's gaming business and it is more than good. According to him, the gaming business that involves these two iconic brands is worth US$3 billion, which makes them the leaders of the market by a very large margin.
Project Warlock is a nostalgia-infused GOG exclusive first person shooter
Fans of old-school first-person shooters like Doom, Wolfenstein, or Duke Nukem can enjoy the brand-new Project Warlock, a game that features 60 levels, 5 worlds, 72 enemy types, 38 upgradeable weapons, 8 unlockable spells, as well as perk-based character development. Priced at US$12, Project Warlock is a GOG exclusive title.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 with 10 GB of memory coming next week
Although not all the features have been revealed yet, Xiaomi has just confirmed that the Mi Mix 3 will be the first handset from a major brand to hit the market with 10 GB of memory and 5G connectivity. Based on the specs of its predecessor, it would be safe to assume that the Mi Mix 3 will use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor.
Mid-range Nokia X7 rolls out in China with Android Pie onboard
Expected to reach the rest of the world as the Nokia 7.1 Plus, the mid-range Nokia X7 is now ready to hit the Chinese market. This Qualcomm Snapdragon 710-powered handset runs Android 9.0 Pie out of the box and will soon go on sale for the equivalent of US$245 (4 GB RAM) or US$360 (6 GB RAM).
Samsung acquires Zhilabs to enhance its 5G capabilities
Samsung continues its quest for supremacy in the AI and 5G fields with the acquisition of Zhilabs, a company known for its expertise in the field of AI-based network and service analytics. After the deal gets the needed approvals, Zhilabs will operate independently under its own management as a fully-owned Samsung subsidiary.
OnePlus delays the Android Pie update for the 3 and 5 series
While the reason is — and will probably remain — unknown, it has been officially confirmed that the Android Pie update for the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 3 handsets will not arrive as soon as expected. Although an official launch date has not been revealed, the aforementioned smartphones will probably receive the update by the end of the year.
Chrome 70 now available with the ability to control browser sign-in
The latest Google Chrome browser comes with a new setting that allows its users to have a better control over the sign-in and sync features, the AV1 video streaming codec, as well as a rather large number of minor tweaks, fixes, and improvements. Chrome 70 is available for Windows, macOS, and Linux.
Winamp is rising from the dead, version 6 coming in 2019
If everything works as planned, Winamp 5.8 will arrive tomorrow with a bunch of fixes in tow and — the best part of it all — without the paid options previously reserved to the users of the Pro version. However, this iconic piece of code should get a major update and mobile versions for iOS and Android devices in 2019.
LG and Lenovo allegedly working on 13-inch foldable slate
It is no secret that the race for the foldable phone is on, and now it seems that LG and Lenovo are working together to take the whole deal to the next level: the foldable tablet. However, the source of the news is not official, so it might take a while until we get a confirmation from LG or Lenovo.
QNAP intros the TS-351 home NAS with dual NVMe M.2 slots
Powered by the Intel Celeron J1800 processor, the QNAP TS-351 NAS targets home users with features like media streaming and real-time transcoding, two M.2 slots with support for M.2 PCIe NVMe SSDs with the 2280 form factor, 2 or 4 GB of memory (upgradeable to 8 GB), 3 hot-swappable bays, and more.
India finally gets the Honor 8X
The HiSilicon 710-powered Honor 8X is now ready to take on the Indian market, where those interested will be able to get it for the equivalent of US$203 (4/64 GB variant), US$231 (6/64 GB version), or US$258 (6/128 GB). Amazon.in and the official Honor India store will sell this handset starting next week.
DisplayMate finally welcomes a non-Samsung king, namely the Google Pixel 3 XL
After many Samsung Galaxy flagships succeeded in grabbing the top rating on DisplayMate, a welcome and unexpected change arrived. The new leader of DisplayMate's leaderboard is the Google Pixel 3 XL, which stands out thanks to its impressive color accuracy and excellent performance in high ambient light.
Samsung has sold one million Galaxy Note 9 units in South Korea in less than two months
Although it took longer than its predecessor needed — 54 days instead of just 48 — the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has managed to reach the one million units sold milestone in its home market. However, this is better than the performance achieved by the Galaxy S9, which needed 60 days to hit the aforementioned target.
Samsung introduces the Exynos Auto and ISOCELL Auto brands for automotive applications
Although Samsung has been providing solutions for the automotive industry for a while, it had no dedicated brand for this market. The new Exynos Auto and ISOCELL Auto come to fill in the gap and "to bring cutting-edge application processor and image sensor technology solutions to the road."
Silicon Power releases three new power banks
More compact than Silicon Power's previous power banks, the new Dash C50, Cell C100, and Share C200 feature a high-quality Lithium-polymer battery encased in a plastic body. These accessories come in black or white, are capable of charging two devices simultaneously, and provide a capacity of 5,000, 10,000, and 20,000 mAh.
The LG V40 ThinQ now up for pre-order in the US
The massive 6.4-inch, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845-powered LG V40 ThinQ that features a tri-camera setup on the back and a dual selfie shooter is now up for pre-order in the US for prices that start at US$899.70 (US Cellular) and go up to US$979.99 (Verizon Wireless), but various installment plans are also available.
Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 now available for Xbox One
The latest installment in the Black Ops series is finally available for Xbox One at US$59.99 (Standard and Digital Standard Edition), US$99.99 (Digital Deluxe Edition), and US$129.99 (Digital Deluxe Enhanced Edition). Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 comes with 14 multiplayer maps, a battle royale mode, and three new Zombies adventures.
Lenovo dominates the PC market
Both IDC and Gartner revealed that Lenovo dominated the global PC market in the third quarter of the year, shipping around 16 million desktops, notebooks, and workstations out of a total of 67.4 million (according to IDC), and 67.2 million (Gartner) units sold worldwide during the given period.
Fortnite gets Disco Domination mode, quad rocket launcher, and more
The patch 0.62 brings a new 50v50 battle mode to Fortnite, namely Disco Domination, as well as a quad rocket launcher. In the new mode, players fight to capture dance floors and raise disco balls. The new patch also brings back the Port-a-Fortress, loot drop rate adjustments, and various fixes.
Forza Horizon 4 hits 2 million players
Only one week since its release, Forza Horizon 4 is already — according to Metacritic — the highest-rated Xbox exclusive title of this console generation while the franchise remains the best-seller in the racing category. During this first week, more than two million players have been driving in Forza Horizon 4's Britain.
Microsoft fixes the troublesome Windows 10 October 2018 Update
Not long after halting the rollout of a Windows 10 feature update for the first time ever, Microsoft has finally announced that the cause of the user content removal bug — which affected only a few users who installed the update — has been isolated and a fix is rolling out to Windows Insider Program members.
Pokemon GO to get fourth-generation Pokemon and many minor tweaks in the near future
Although the rumors about it surfaced back in April, it took a while for Niantic to finally confirm the arrival of the fourth-generation Pokemon from the Sinnoh region. However, the details are still not out yet, but Pokemon GO players should get ready to capture Turtwig, Piplup, Chimchar — or at least one or two of them.
T-Mobile adds the Alcatel 3T 8 budget slate to the portfolio
The T-Mobile exclusive Alcatel 3T 8 is just another budget tablet with enough of a punch to act as a device for the kids, although it is not designed specifically for them. This 8-inch slate runs Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box and is the first one to support T-Mobile's Extended Range LTE 600 MHz spectrum.
Apple fixes iPhone XS charging problems (and more) in iOS 12.0.1
Apple has just released iOS 12.0.1, just in time to stop what appeared to be an upcoming "charge gate" scandal caused by an issue that made iPhone XS handsets fail to charge when using a Lightning cable. This brand-new iOS update also irons out a WiFi-related problem, a Bluetooth bug, and more.
The Honor 8C might be the first Qualcomm Snapdragon 632-powered handset to hit the market
The Honor 8C has just been spotted on Huawei's Vmall online store and is expected to officially debut soon as the world's first Qualcomm Snapdragon 632-driven handset. This 6.26-inch handset also features 4 GB of memory, 64 GB of internal storage space, and a dual main camera that combines a 13 MP and a 2 MP sensor.
OPPO Find X-lookalike Honor Magic 2 might arrive at the end of the month
The all-screen-no-notch Honor Magic 2 is expected to debut on the last day of October with the HiSilicon Kirin 980 processor under the hood. Its specs are also rumored to include an in-display fingerprint reader, an AMOLED display, as well as a graphene-based battery — the first handset to use this technology.
The Lenovo Yoga Chromebook with Intel Core i5 goes on sale for US$699
Unveiled at IFA 2018, the 15.6-inch Lenovo Yoga Chromebook convertible is now finally available for purchase. Sadly, there is a single configuration available for now, which carries a price tag that reads US$699 and features an Intel Core i5 processor, 8 GB of memory, and 128 GB of internal storage space.
Motorola's Moto E5 coming to the US to join the the Moto E5 Play and E5 Plus
Back when Motorola unveiled the three Moto E5 handsets, only the E5 Play and E5 Plus were announced for the US. Now, the regular E5 has just become available for purchase in the US via Best Buy. This US$99.99 Qualcomm Snapdragon 425-powered handset will also reach Target and Walmart next week.
Samsung W2019 with Android 8.1 Oreo onboard gets its WiFi certification
Last year's W2018 seems to have been successful enough to get a successor, and so the flip phone refuses to fade away. The upcoming Samsung W2019 has just received its WiFi certification and is very likely to arrive in December. The rumors mention a Snapdragon 845 processor and a dual camera setup on the back.
Huawei Mate 20 hits AnTuTu and Weibo
Although the Mi 8 might beat it by around 10 percent in the graphics department, the upcoming Huawei Mate 20 appears to be faster in the other areas, scoring a total of 313,561 AnTuTu points vs. 287,469 for the Xiaomi flagship. The Huawei handset sports a HiSilicon Kirin 980 processor, 6 GB RAM, and 128 GB internal storage.
Armored Warfare celebrates third anniversary of the unrestricted European and North American launch
Today, Armored Warfare celebrates the third anniversary since it became available for all those interested across Europe and North America. To bring back some of those who lost interest and to make everyone happy, the developer decided to offer the IT-1 tier 5 premium tank destroyer for free. To get this vehicle, a battle won in any game mode is enough.
Samsung's next-gen flagship processor to pack a dedicated neural processing unit
Although Samsung has completed the work on its first-generation neural processing unit, it looks like the successor will be employed by the processor of the company's upcoming flagships, including the Galaxy S10. The new NPU architecture is expected to be used by the Exynos 9820 processor, which is supposed to arrive with a 2+2+4 core configuration.
Nintendo could launch the Switch 2 next summer
After selling more than 20 million Switch units, Nintendo is on its way to the launch of this handheld gaming console's second iteration, which is expected to arrive next summer. Although it will probably not make the move to an OLED panel, the Nintendo Switch 2 should feature an improved LCD display and upgrades in all the essential areas.
The Asus ROG Phone coming to the US in less than two weeks
First announced at Computex, the (overclocked) Qualcomm Snapdragon 845-powered Asus ROG Phone is now finally ready to take on the North American market. This gaming handset with 8 GB of memory and up to 512 GB of internal storage space will be launched in the area during an event that is scheduled to take place in New York on October 18.
Norway is working on taking the digital library concept to a whole new level
The National Library of Norway plans to digitize everything that was ever published locally, starting with ancient manuscripts and also including movies, books, maps, photos, and so on. This project has been around for 12 years already and current estimates claim it will take three more decades for it to reach the end.
Hitachi becomes HiKOKI
Almost a year since the initial announcement of the name change, Hitachi changes its name to HiKOKI. However, this change only affects the tools division of the huge conglomerate that also makes power plants, computers, trains, and more. The electronics brand Hitachi will remain around as well.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 636-powered BlackBerry KEY2 LE now available for pre-order in the US
The US market will not get the Atomic Red color option, but those interested will be able to order the BlackBerry KEY2 LE in Slate and Champagne. This Snapdragon 636-powered handset with a physical keyboard and a 4.5-inch 2K display can be acquired via Amazon for an almost reasonable US$450.
Verizon’s commercial 5G network goes live as promised
Just as promised, Verizon's first commercial 5G network is now live in the following four US cities: Los Angeles, Indianapolis, Houston, and Sacramento. On this occasion, a Houston resident named Clayton Harris who subscribed to the Verizon 5G Home service has become "the first 5G customer on the globe."
Vivaldi 2.0 now available for download with Sync, Resizable Tab Tiling, Floating Web Panels, and more
Introduced last week, Vivaldi 2.0 is a major update that delivers essential features like Sync, Resizable Tab Tiling, and Floating Web Panels to this niche browser, as well as a fresh look with window background images and Start Page backgrounds. Vivaldi is now available for macOS, Windows, and Linux.
AT&T brings the Samsung Galaxy A6 (2018) to the US
The new Samsung Galaxy A6 sports a 5.6-inch Infinity display with 1,480 x 720 pixels, a 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, 3 GB RAM, and 32 GB internal storage. Sadly, there is no dual camera setup on the back and its full retail price is US$419.99. Obviously, AT&T customers can get it for 30 monthly payments of US$14 each.
Huawei Mate 10 Pro already receiving Android Pie in Europe
Although Huawei was never very fast to update its handsets, it seems that the Mate 10 Pro is already receiving Android 9.0 Pie in Europe. Two months since its release, the latest Android version still struggles to hit the 0.1 percent market share. In other markets, this handset should get the update — which comes with EMUI 9.0 on top — in the coming weeks.
Wear OS gets Google Fit and improved notifications
At the end of September, Google updated Wear OS with a few Google Fit features and a new notifications system that brings browsing, dismissing, and shortcuts. A trip assistant is now available with Google Assistant as well, and it also includes suggestions for restaurants. Thanks to this update, Wear OS devices get "proactive and personalized help."
Qualcomm Snapdragon 636-powered Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro now official
The new Redmi Note 6 Pro is Xiaomi's first quad-camera handset and features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor, a notched display with a generous size of 6.26-inch, as well as 4 GB of memory and 64 GB internal storage. A variant with 6/128 GB will be introduced at a later date as well. In Thailand, those interested can get it for the equivalent of roughly US$215.
Samsung announces the Galaxy Watch Golf Edition smartwatch
When compared to the regular Galaxy Watch, the new Samsung Galaxy Watch Golf Edition comes with the Smart Caddie app that has a database with information about no less than 60,000 golf courses worldwide. This limited edition wearable succeeds last year's Gear S3 Golf Edition and, for now, it can only be found in South Korea.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 gets an update with camera improvements and the latest security patch
In addition to the official September security patch from Google and the usual bug fixes and minor tweaks, the latest firmware update for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 also comes with noticeable camera improvements, including day/night HDR control accuracy enhancements, better low light brightness, and more.
Android Auto coming to Jaguar and Land Rover
Although an accurate date is not available yet, a spokesperson for Jaguar and Land Rover has recently confirmed that all their vehicles — starting with the 2019 model year — that come with the InControl Touch Pro or Touch Pro Duo infotainment systems will get an optional connectivity package including CarPlay and Android Auto.
Sea of Thieves gets "Forsaken Shores" free update
The new free content update for Sea of Thieves, dubbed "Forsaken Shores," comes with a new volcanic region. Suggestively called "The Devil’s Roar," the new area allows players to encounter volcano eruptions, terrifying earthquakes, unpredictable geysers that can fling them into the air, as well as dangerous super-heated water that surrounds the islands.
SwiftKey for Android now integrates Microsoft Translator
Thanks to the integration of Microsoft Translator, SwiftKey can now be used to perform real-time translation for more than 60 languages. Even more, those who install the Microsoft Translator app can also enjoy offline translation capabilities for SwiftKey — for example, when writing emails without being connected to the web.
The Xiaomi Mi Band 3 fitness tracker hits India
Xiaomi's affordable Mi Band 3 fitness tracker with an OLED touchscreen is finally ready to hit the Indian market. This smart wearable is water resistant at up to 165 feet and features an autonomy of up to 20 days. Indian customers will be able to get it for the equivalent of less than US$30 starting September 28.
Qualcomm Snapdragon-powered OPPO Realme 2 Pro and Realme C1 now official
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 660-driven Realme 2 Pro and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 450-driven Realme C1 both come with a notched display and excellent specs/features for the price. For example, the 8/128 GB Realme 2 Pro will go on sale next month for the equivalent of less than US$250. The entry-range Realme C1 (2/16 GB) comes for around US$96.
Xiaomi's Mi Air Purifier 2S coming to India this week, Google Assistant and Alexa support in tow
The recently unveiled Xiaomi Mi Air Purifier 2S is an air filter for home and office use, sporting an OLED display and real-time air quality monitoring capabilities. Also featuring both Google Assistant and Alexa integration, this smart home appliance will go on sale in India later this week for roughly US$125.
Leica revives legendary Soviet photo brand Zenit
Leica has just decided to bring back from the dead an iconic brand of the Soviet era, namely Zenit. The upcoming Zenit M camera is based on the Leica M Type 240 platform and comes with Russian-made Zenitar 35 mm f/1.0 lens, so it can easily provide bokeh and soft-focus effects without any processing. Sadly, it is not expected to come cheap.
OPPO Find X with 10 GB of memory hits TENAA
Although we heard about a Vivo handset with 10 GB of memory in the first part of the year, that device still has to hit the market. In the meantime, the OPPO Find X with the same impressive amount of memory has surfaced on TENAA. Now, all that remains to see is which one of them hits the market first.
The Dell XPS 15 9575 will not get a successor in the first half of 2019
Since the arrival of the XPS 15 9575 convertible with 32 GB of memory has been pushed all the way into the first part of 2019, it seems that those waiting for the successor to the current generation will have to wait some more. According to Frank Azor, the next-gen XPS 15 convertible will not arrive in the first half of the next year.
Opera 56 now available with multiple improvements
The latest version of the Opera browser is now available as "the best browser for multitaskers" and its list of changes includes volume control for the video pop-out player, a page zoom indicator in the address and search bar, an easier way to report bugs, and more. Opera 56 is compatible with Windows, macOS, and Linux.
Nokia 5.1 Plus coming to India next week
Introduced in China back in May as the Nokia X5, the notched Nokia 5.1 Plus is now finally ready to hit the Indian market in black and blue. Local customers will be able to get the Helio P60-powered handset starting October 1 from Nokia.com and Flipkart. Pre-orders can be already placed for roughly US$150.
Cloud-independent Microsoft Office 2019 now available for Windows and macOS
Although there is still cloud support available across the apps of the new Microsoft Office 2019 suite, independence from the cloud — coming in the shape of an "on premises" version — is an excellent offering for the customers who do not need/do not trust/are not ready for the cloud. Obviously, there are some new features in the package as well.
Apple launches macOS "Mojave" with dark mode, new apps, redesigned app store, and more
The 15th major release of Apple's desktop operating system and the successor of macOS High Sierra 10.13, macOS Mojave 10.14 is now available. In addition to the new dark mode, this release brings a few iOS apps to the desktop, including Apple News, Home, Voice Memos, and is also the last macOS version to support 32-bit apps.
Mobvoi to launch the TicWatch E2 smartwatch soon
Chinese brand Mobvoi released quite a few smart wearables so far, and the TicWatch E2 is expected to be the next in line. Advertised as a water-friendly smartwatch, it has just been unveiled on the official Mobvoi website. Sadly, there are no details to talk about yet, but more information should be unveiled shortly.
Motorola One Power coming to India next month as expected
On October 5, the Motorola One Power will launch in India as the first Android One handset of this brand to hit the local market. Its specs include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB storage, a 6.2-inch notched display, as well as a massive 5,000 mAh battery, all for the equivalent of US$220.
Apple acquires Shazam, mobile app to go ad-free for everyone
Shazam is now finally a part of Apple, but the best part of this corporate acquisition is that the mobile app will soon become ad-free for all users. Shazam has been downloaded over 1 billion times so far, and nowadays it is being used to identify songs more than 20 million times a day.
Dual-display ZTE Nubia phablet hits TENAA, short hands-on video also available
Although dual-display handsets never managed to take off properly, we keep seeing such designs showing up from time to time. The upcoming 6.26-inch ZTE Nubia Z18S is expected to feature a 5.1-inch secondary color display on the back and premium mid-range specs. Its recent stop at TENAA suggests that the official announcement is near.
Samsung Galaxy A7 coming to India tomorrow
The new Samsung Galaxy A7 is a 6-inch phablet that uses the octa-core Exynos 7885 processor and will probably hit India with at least 6 GB of memory and up to 128 GB of storage. However, the memory/storage configurations for this handset that will hit India tomorrow are not public yet.
Time to celebrate: Google Android is now 10 years old
Although Android Inc. was founded back in October 2003, it took a while for the eponymous operating system to finally hit the market. This event took place on September 23, 2008, when the HTC Dream — also known as the T-Mobile G1 — was introduced as the first commercially available Android-powered smartphone.
The Alienware Aurora desktop PC gets NVIDIA RTX 2080 graphics
The barely released NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 has already found its way to the innards of the Alienware Aurora desktop PC for gamers. Those interested — and with a generous budget — can get the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 OC-powered Aurora for US$2,155.99. This machine also comes with 16 GB of memory, Intel Core i7-8700K processor, and 256 GB SSD + 2 TB HDD storage.
Another one bites the dust: Telltale Games is shutting down
Less than two years ago, Telltale Games was hiring new staff and getting ready to launch quite a few Nintendo Switch titles. Unfortunately, the studio seems to no longer have a future, as around 250 employees have just been laid off and the small team of 25 that remains will complete a few ongoing projects before Telltale Games becomes history.
Alienware opening a new flagship store in China this weekend
Back in 2009, Alienware opened up the gates of its first retail store in the US. In the meantime, the brand's network of brick-and-mortar locations expanded all over the world and even got to China. Now, the time has come for a new Alienware flagship store and Frank Azor is flying there for the grand opening.
Facebook Dating goes live, but only for a limited test run
Facebook Dating is a Tinder alternative that does not come with left/right swiping but relies on shared Facebook connections instead. This service uses the data in one's Facebook profile, friends, Group memberships, and so on. The browser version is not available yet, and the mobile apps only work in Columbia for now.
Amazon Alexa devices to get Skype calling later this year
Cortana's future is uncertain nowadays because Amazon and Microsoft are now working together on bringing Skype calling to the ever-increasing crowd of devices that feature Amazon Alexa support. According to Microsoft officials, Skype calling support will be available on Alexa-driven devices before the end of the year.
Adobe buys Marketo for almost US$5 billion
At US$4.75 billion, Marketo's acquisition is Adobe's largest corporate acquisition to date. This company comes with more than 500 partners and a marketing community with more than 65,000 members. Marketo's team will become a part of Adobe's Digital Experience business and its CEO will join Adobe's senior leadership team.
Numeric keypads not coming to the Dell XPS 15 notebook
Although the XPS 15 will not get any updates this year, Dell's performance laptop will probably be refreshed in 2019. Although the launch date of the updated XPS 15 remains a secret, Frank Azor has just confirmed that — when talking about possible design changes — a numeric keypad is not in the cards yet.
Update 1.81 "The Walkyries" brings helicopters to War Thunder
The most comprehensive War Thunder update to launch this month — 1.81 "The Walkyries" — introduces a few new ground vehicles, locations, and a new aircraft. However, the most important change involves the attack helicopters that have been added to the US and Russian branches of vehicles. Sadly, they are not available for everyone yet.
Amazon Alexa microwave, receiver, subwoofer, amplifier, and in-car solution coming by the end of 2018
Amazon Alexa fans should get ready to celebrate before the end of the month because the tech giant will soon unveil a few new devices. By the end of the year, the list of new Alexa-driven devices by Amazon should include an in-car solution, a microwave, an amplifier, a subwoofer, and a receiver.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 710-powered Meizu 16X hits Geekbench
The 6-inch Meizu 16X is apparently ready for its September 19 launch, since it surfaced on Geekbench for no less than three times starting yesterday. However, there is only one hardware setup in these listings. The device tested sports a Snapdragon 710 processor, 6 GB of memory, and runs Android 8.1 Oreo.
AMD processors win 4 of the 5 "Best CPU" awards by TechSpot
Although Intel only grabbed the leading place in one category, this category is probably the most important. TechSpot's best CPU for gaming is the Intel Core i7-8700K, while various AMD Ryzen chips own the crown in the following categories: best extreme desktop CPU, best value CPU for productivity, best all-round value CPU, and best budget CPU.
The 6.9-inch Xiaomi Mi Max 3 is headed for India
The (almost) tablet-sized Xiaomi Mi Max 3 is heading for India, as confirmed by the Chinese brand on Twitter. Unfortunately, there is no official launch date to talk about yet, but since this 6.9-inch behemoth has been available in China for a while, it should be able to hit other markets rather quick.
Defective CSS code crashes, causes iPhones to restart
Using the rather new backdrop-filter CSS property can lead to a crash of the entire iOS on an iPhone. An exploit that does this and the code behind it have recently been unveiled by a software engineer and security researcher at Wire. The even worse part is that this issue might affect macOS-driven systems as well.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845-powered Samsung Galaxy A handset allegedly in the works
If the rumors turn out to be true, Samsung will soon release the first Galaxy A-series handset that uses the same processor as the latest Galaxy S and Galaxy Note flagships to hit the market. In this case, we are talking about a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845-driven Galaxy A phone. Unfortunately, there are no other details available yet.
OnePlus TV coming next year, AI assistant in tow
As the first step in its new quest of "building a connected human experience," OnePlus is planning to launch its first TV set next year. The OnePlus TV will come with a premium design, focusing on providing the best audio/video experience in its segment. The only detail public at this stage is that fact that the TV will feature an AI assistant.
Samsung Galaxy J4+ hits FCC, will probably become the cheapest handset with an Infinity display
Around four months after the release of the Galaxy J4, Samsung is almost ready to launch the Galaxy J4+. This upcoming handset has just received its FCC certification and is expected to hit the market as the cheapest handset to feature an Infinity display, as well as software navigation keys.
Microsoft acquires Lobe to accelerate AI development
Microsoft's latest corporate acquisition is not the first one in the AI field and it surely will not remain the last, either. Lobe is a company based in San Francisco that provides a simple visual interface that allows anyone to develop and apply deep learning and AI models without having to write code.
A thinner Dell XPS 15 notebook could arrive in 2019
Frank Azor already revealed that the Dell XPS 15 9570 will not get any updates by the end of the year. However, when asked about a thinner model, he simply said that he can't comment on announced products and his answer makes us believe that such an update is, in fact, going to arrive the next year.
Google plans to shut down the Inbox app by March 2019
Although it has grown to become an excellent Gmail alternative, Google's Inbox app remains an experimental piece of code. This means that Google is using the data provided by its usage to improve Gmail and, unfortunately, it seems that the internet giant has decided to discontinue Inbox at the end of March 2019.
Samsung Health 6.0 comes with a new UI and updated tools
Providing health- and wellness-related services to a crowd of over 65 million active users worldwide, Samsung Health has just been updated to version 6.0. This major release comes with a redesigned interface, updated tools, as well as a whole new range of personalization options.
Forza Horizon 4 is ready to hit the market
Forza Horizon 4 has just gone gold and will be launching globally on October 2. This racing title will come with no less than 450 cars, but those eager to take it for a spin can play the official demo which is already available for both Windows 10 PCs and Xbox One consoles.
Verizon 5G Home service coming next month
Although coverage will need time to improve, Verizon will launch its 5G Home internet service on October 1 in Houston, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Indianapolis. Current customers will get it for US$50 a month and non-customers will have to pay US$70. The service comes with a few freebies, including a Chromecast Ultra or Apple TV 4K.
Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100-powered Montblanc Summit 2 smartwatch now official
The new Montblanc Summit smartwatch is scheduled to arrive in October, and what we already know is that it uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 SoC. Unfortunately, most other details — including its price — have yet to be revealed, but it will probably cost more than US$1,500 (the launch price of the model currently on the market).
There are no more updates for the Alienware 13 in the pipeline
Back in early July, Frank Azor revealed that the Alienware 13 gaming laptop will not get a Coffee Lake refresh. Those still living with the hope that some other update might arrive should move on, because Alienware's co-founder has just pointed out that there are no more updates coming to this machine.
7-Eleven stores in the US finally accept Google Pay and Apple Pay
The 7-Eleven convenience store chain has just begun accepting both Google Pay and Apple Pay as digital payment options. Most of its stores will be able to handle transactions via these two services by the end of September. Until now, this store chain has been providing support for Samsung Pay.
Samsung unveils the SmartThings Tracker GPS tracking device
The new Samsung SmartThings Tracker GPS tracking device connects through an LTE-M network to allows its users to track the objects, animals, or even kids that it gets attached to. The first carrier to bring it to the US is AT&T, who will add it to its portfolio on September 14. Verizon will join AT&T at a later time.
Samsung Galaxy Xcover 4 gets Android 8.1 Oreo
Samsung Galaxy Xcover 4, a 5-inch rugged handset that arrived more than a year ago with Android 7.0 Nougat onboard, is finally ready for Oreo. The best part of the update that has started to roll out in a few Asian countries is that it brings Android 8.1 with the August 2018 security patch and Experience UX 9.5 on top — same as the Galaxy Note 9.
Intel acquires NetSpeed Systems to speed up SoC development
San Jose-based NetSpeed Systems, a company which provides SoC design tools and interconnect fabric IP, has just joined Intel. NetSpeed's team is now part of Intel’s Silicon Engineering Group, but those who would like to know all the details will be disappointed to find out that the terms of the deal have not been disclosed.
Fortnite Fall Skirmish kicks off soon, US$10 million up for grabs
As the end of the fifth Fortnite season is drawing near, the start of the Fall Skirmish event is also heading our way. This competition will last for 6 weeks and the best players will have the chance to win a total of no less than US$10,000,000 (yes, that is 10 million). More details will be available later this week.
Next-gen Samsung Galaxy Book surfaces on FCC
A few months after being spotted on the website of the Russian certification authority EEC, the next-gen Samsung Galaxy Book finally arrives at the well-known FCC. Earlier this month, the device also received the approval of the South Korean National Radio Research Agency and the Wi-Fi Alliance.
Apple iPhone Xc, iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max details surface online
With screen sizes between 5.8 and 6.5 inches, the upcoming Apple iPhone handsets will bring the A12 processor into the spotlight, but they are also expected to be the first phones released by the Cupertino giant to ship with a fast charger and a Lightning-to-USB Type-C cable in the retail box.
Armored Warfare gets IDF tanks, new commanders, and much more
Armored Warfare 0.26 goes live today with Israeli tanks (and a new dealer for this branch), Armor Viewer in-garage tool, a new PvP map, overhauled PvE missions, major optimizations, improvements to the game mechanics, a new Special Operations mission, and more. This free-to-play title is available for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Microsoft Windows.
Huawei launches the Honor 8X and Honor 8X Max in China, notched displays and dual cameras in tow
The new Honor 8X and Honor 8X Max make 5.5-inch handsets seem really small because the 8X has a 6.5-inch display and the Max hits an insane 7.12 inches diagonal. The Honor 8X sports a HiSilicon Kirin 710 processor, while its larger sibling comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 inside. Pricing and availability details are not public yet.
Firefox 62 now available for download, Mozilla no longer supports Windows XP
With the release of Firefox 62, Mozilla also stops providing support to Firefox 52 ESR, which is the latest version for those still using this ancient operating system. Firefox 62 comes with support for CSS variable fonts and shapes, dark mode automatically enabled for macOS users, improved scrolling performance in Android, and more.
QNAP intros the TS-x77XU NAS lineup with AMD Ryzen inside
The new TS-x77XU lineup targets enterprise customers with no less than 8 rackmount NAS models. Most of these models come with redundant power supply units and use AMD Ryzen processors. Depending on the model chosen, the processor used can be the quad-core Ryzen 3 1200, the hexa-core Ryzen 5 2600, or the octa-core Ryzen 7 2700.
Samsung kills support for the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+
Samsung continues to ignore those still using premium handsets that are far from museum material yet. The latest victims are the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ — both being barely three years old — which have just been dropped off the list of Samsung devices still receiving monthly security updates.
The Vivo V11 brings in-display fingerprint scanning to the mid-range sector
The recently announced Vivo V11 has a massive 6.41-inch AMOLED display with a notch and an integrated fingerprint reader. Powered by the Snapdragon 660 processor, it also sports 6 GB of memory and 128 GB internal storage. The price is not official yet, but the Chinese market is expected to get it for less than US$450.
The Xbox Adaptive Controller now available for US$99.99
Advertised by Microsoft as "the first-of-its-kind" console accessory, the brand-new Xbox Adaptive Controller can be already acquired from the Microsoft Stores and GameStop Online for US$99.99. This controller can connect multiple external devices to create a custom experience and was primarily designed for gamers with limited mobility.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845-powered ZTE Nubia Red Magic successor apparently in the works
With ZTE back in the game, it seems that the Nubia Red Magic gaming handset will get an update that aims to turn it into a top-of-the-line device. According to Roland Quandt, the updated Red Magic, which does not have an official name yet, will feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor and shoulder buttons.
Samsung might launch a quad-camera phone this year
Twitter leakster Ice Universe, who has been right on spot with quite a few Samsung-related rumors in the past, has just revealed that Samsung will launch a brand-new handset later this year. The most interesting part about this upcoming device is that it is supposed to feature four cameras on the back.
The Dell XPS 15 9575 with 32 GB RAM might show up in early 2019, no LTE version in the cards
The last time he talked about its launch, Frank Azor said that the Dell XPS 15 9575 convertible with 32 GB of memory should arrive at the end of the year. Now, he just revealed that this might happen in the first quarter of 2019 and he also added that a 4G LTE-enabled version will not be released anytime soon.
The Motorola One series is finally official, notched display and dual cameras in tow
Although some details are still lacking from the official announcement, the Motorola One and Motorola One Power are now almost ready to hit the market. While the Snapdragon 625-powered Motorola One will be available in Europe, Asia, and the Latin America, the larger and more powerful One Power will only launch in India.
ZTE delays its first 5G phone until late 2019
Although this Chinese brand is premiering multiple 5G technologies in Berlin this week, it looks like ZTE will not be able to deliver its first 5G phone on time. Previously announced to arrive in early 2019, the device has been now pushed to the last part of the year for undisclosed reasons.
The Sony FES Watch U smartwatch finally coming to Europe next month
Three years since it surfaced as a Kickstarter project and over a year since it became available for purchase in Japan, the Sony FES Watch U finally gets an official introduction in Europe. This "fashion watch" will go on sale in the region mid-September starting at 599 EUR.
Acer Chromebook 514 to arrive in October starting at US$350
The new Acer Chromebook 514 combines a metallic chassis, backlit keyboard, USB Type-C connectivity, a Corning Gorilla Glass touchpad, and promises to deliver a 12-hour battery life. Sadly, the hardware details have not been unveiled yet, but we know that the North American market will get this premium Chromebook in October, starting at only US$349.99.
OPPO Realme 2 hits Flipkart, notched display and dual cameras in tow
The upcoming OPPO Realme 2 is the successor of the Realme 1, which arrived less than four months ago with a MediaTek Helio P60 processor under the hood and a 6-inch display. The Realme 2 sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor, a 6.2-inch notched display, and will go on sale next month for less than US$160 (4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage).
Portable Tesla Wireless Charger surfaces online and it's not cheap
The Tesla Wireless Charger surfaced on the company's official store but was removed after less than a day. This power bank features 5 W wireless charging and USB Type-C wired charging at 5 V and 1.5 A, has a rather modest capacity of 6,000 mAh, but it lives up to the Tesla name and sports a not-so-friendly US$65 price tag.
No less than 28,000 jobs would be lost if Sprint and T-Mobile merge
Expected to close before the end of 2019, the merger of T-Mobile and Sprint does not look like good news to many people already. According to The Communications Workers of America labor union, this deal should not proceed as planned because that would result in slashing no less than 28,000 jobs across the US.
Lenovo intros five new Android tablets starting as low as US$69.99
The new Lenovo slates offer a little bit of everything to everyone, starting with the 7-inch, US$69.99 Lenovo Tab E7 with a MediaTek processor and Android Oreo Go onboard, moving on to the Tab E10 with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 chip inside and the same operating system, and going up to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 450-powered Tab P10 and Tab M10.
No surprises here: The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is hard to repair
With a repairability score of 4 out of 10 awarded by iFixit, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is considered to have a nicely laid out modular internal design that only uses standard Philips screws. However, to service any of the internal components the glass rear panel must be un-glued (and reglued at the end), and replacing the display is also very hard to do.
LG V40 360-degree video surfaces online
The upcoming LG V40 is not official yet and the latest 360-degree video that surfaced online is, unfortunately, an unofficial render based on the details — mainly physical dimensions — that were leaked so far. The handset shown in this video comes with a wide notch and a tri-camera main image shooter, just as expected.
Bixby button remapping now works on the Galaxy Note 9
Those who want to remap the Bixby button of their Galaxy Note 9 can do it thanks to the latest update received by the bxActions - Bix Button Remapper app for Android, which now sports full support for Samsung's latest high-end phablet. Thanks to this app, the Bixby button can be used to perform over 30 actions.
The pre-order period is over, so the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 gets a new gifts package
Those who buy the new Galaxy Note 9 directly from Samsung will also get a Duo wireless charger and an official cover in the retail package for free. For an additional US$99, the two accessories mentioned above can be accompanied by the IconX earphones — a treat which normally comes for no less than US$200.
China now has over 800 million internet users
The world's most populated economy continues its growth in the internet users department. According to a recent report backed by the China Internet Network Information Centre, the total number of internet users hit 802 million at the end of June — a 30 million growth in six months.
Garmin intros the Disney Princess vívofit jr. 2 fitness tracker for kids
The Garmin vivofit jr. 2 is a fitness tracker for kids that comes with Disney Princess-themed bands and a mobile app capable of offering an interactive experience which includes popular characters such as Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Mulan, and Rapunzel. This smart wearable is already available for US$79.99.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 660-powered Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 tablet is now available for purchase
The international version of the 8-inch Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 tablet with 4 GB of memory and 64 GB internal storage can be acquired for less than US$240 via GearBest by those in a hurry. Those who can live without LTE and with lower specs should be able to grab the 3 GB RAM/32 GB storage WiFi version for around US$170, but the price depends a lot on the retailer.
First Android Go handset by Samsung now official as the Galaxy J2 Core
The new Samsung Galaxy J2 Core rolls out in India and Malaysia today, but other markets should follow in the near future as well. This handset's list of specs includes a low-resolution 5-inch display, 1 GB of memory and 8 GB internal storage space, 5 MP and 8 MP cameras, and the Exynos 7570 processor.
Apple will open its first Kyoto store this Saturday
The first Apple store in Kyoto will open its doors to the public on August 25. This retail venue is located on Shijō Dori, the street that has been known as the city's main shopping corridor for almost five centuries. Back in 2003, Apple opened its first retail store outside the US in Tokyo.
Samsung announces the Exynos i S111 narrowband IoT solution
The new Exynos i S111 is Samsung's latest narrowband solution for IoT applications that includes a modem, processor, memory, and Global Navigation Satellite System on the same chip. The Exynos i S111 comes as the successor of Samsung's first IoT solution, namely the Exynos i T200, which arrived last year.
The Xiaomi Mi A1 gets a new security patch which also fixes the notification LED bug
Xiaomi's popular mid-range Mi A1 smartphone continues to receive full software support, the latest update for this handset bringing the official security patch dated August 5. Even better, the new firmware also addresses the notification LED bug that arrived earlier this summer with the Android 8.1 Oreo update.
LTE-enabled Samsung Galaxy Watch now up for pre-order, shipments starting next month
Revealed alongside the Galaxy Note 9 earlier this month, the Samsung Galaxy Watch LTE is now available for pre-order. Priced at US$379.99 (42 mm in Rose Gold or Midnight Black) and US$399.99 (Silver), this smartwatch is designed for T-Mobile and will begin shipping in the first week of September.
Leagoo S10's specs list includes a Helio P60 processor, 6 GB of memory, and 64 GB internal storage
Those who were expecting stellar specs from the upcoming Leagoo S10 will be disappointed because this handset is powered by a MediaTek processor and does not feature 8 GB of memory and 128 GB internal storage as expected. However, this handset with an in-display fingerprint reader is expected to provide a lot for a rather low price.
Samsung Pay celebrates its third anniversary, now available in six continents
Now available in 24 markets across six continents — the latest addition to the list of supported markets being South Africa — Samsung Pay was originally introduced in South Korea on August 20, 2015. This mobile payment service recently hit the 1.3 billion transactions milestone thanks to a global network of 2,000 banking and financial partners.
The Nokia 7 Plus will get Android 9.0 Pie stable in September
Nokia remains a very reliable brand when it comes to software updates, since HMD Global's Chief Product Office, Juho Sarvikas, has just confirmed that the Nokia 7 Plus will get the Android 9.0 Pie stable update in September. Most of the other Nokia handsets will get the update before the end of the year as well.
Minecraft: Education Edition coming to iPads next month
The Minecraft: Education Edition community now consists of over 35 million licensed teachers and students in 115 countries, so it is not surprising that Microsoft is finally bringing this game to the iPad. Schools licensed through Microsoft 365 for Education already have access to this title and general availability will follow next month.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 710-powered Meizu X8 hits AnTuTu
The upcoming Meizu X8 surfaced on AnTuTu with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor inside, next to 6 GB RAM, 64 GB internal storage, and a display resolution of 2,160 x 1,080 pixels. The other essentials — camera information, connectivity options, and battery capacity — remain unknown for the time being.
Gemini Lake-powered Lenovo Tablet 10 convertible hits the market for US$449
This week, Lenovo silently added the 10.1-inch Tablet 10 convertible to its portfolio. This Windows-driven tablet is powered by a quad-core Intel Celeron N4100 processor and features a detachable keyboard and full pen input support. The US$449 model currently available for purchase sports 4 GB of memory and 64 GB of eMMC internal storage.
The Alienware Area-51 might get the AMD Threadripper 2990WX processor
The new monster processor from AMD might find its way to the list of hardware options available for the Alienware Area-51 desktop gaming PC, but this depends entirely on its level of gaming performance this chip can reach. For now, Alienware and AMD fans should keep their fingers crossed and just wait.
BlackBerry KEY2 LE shows up in blue
A fresh exclusive report shows the upcoming BlackBerry KEY2 LE in blue/blue black and reiterates the specs mentioned by the latest rumors: Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor, 2 GB of memory, 32 GB or 64 GB internal storage, 13 MP + 5 MP dual camera setup on the back, a 3,000 mAh battery, and Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box.
CI Games announces Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts, launch set for 2019
Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts is the next game in the popular tactical shooter series by CI Games that has just been confirmed to arrive on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in 2019. This new title is set in the Siberian wilderness and comes with a new way to play, namely the contracts system.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 660-powered Sony Xperia XA3 hits Geekbench
Although the Sony Xperia XA2 arrived in January 2018, it seems that its successor will hit the market before the end of the year. A handset that is rumored to be the upcoming Xperia XA3 was recently spotted on Geekbench as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660-powered Sony H4493. This handset sports 6 GB of memory and runs Android 8.1 Oreo.
Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 Plus coming with 4 GB RAM and up to 128 GB storage
Although it will use the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor as the regular Mi Pad 4, the upcoming Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 Plus is expected to come with a larger display and a higher-capacity battery. Rumored to arrive in black or gold finish, this Android slate should come with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB or 128 GB internal storage.
No Huawei and ZTE handsets for the US government, decides President Trump
Although ZTE can sell its products to the civilian consumers all over the US, a recent bill that was signed by Donal Trump bans the government use of any device made by the Chinese brand due to security issues. Even more, this bill also forbids the use of Huawei hardware for the same reason.
Samsung's Galaxy Note 9 has "the most innovative and high-performance smartphone display" ever tested by DisplayMate
The Galaxy Note 9 comes with a display that managed to raise the bar "significantly higher" compared to the previous Samsung handsets that were praised by DisplayMate for the quality of their screens. In this case, the display lab claims that the Note 9 sports "the most innovative and high-performance smartphone display" it ever tested.
Xiaomi and Samsung continue to dominate the Indian smartphone market
India remains a solid market for the Chinese smartphone brand, as Xiaomi accounted for no less than 10 million units sold in Q2 2018, which translates to a market share of 29.7 percent. Samsung got the second place, while Vivo and OPPO came in third and fourth. The Indian market grew by 20 percent since the same period of 2017.
Samsung still hopes to beat Huawei in the foldable smartphone race
The race for the first foldable smartphone to hit the market might involve LG and a few others as well, but it looks like Samsung and Huawei are the strongest brands in it. According to DJ Koh, the company focuses on making the foldable smartphone a popular product from the first try, but this does mean it will wait for Huawei to steal the start.
Android 9.0 Pie confirmed for the HTC U12+ and U11 series, launch date still unknown
Although the release date is not public yet, HTC has just confirmed that Android Pie will reach the U12+, U11+, U11, and U11 Life (Android One) handsets. The company also revealed that the timeframes will be announced in a timely manner, so it is rather safe to assume that the update will not arrive too soon.
No more updates for the XPS 15 9570 this year, 17-inch XPS might be in the cards, reveals Frank Azor
Those who had any hopes of being able to acquire the Dell XPS 15 9570 updated with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 11 graphics before the end of the year should change their shopping plans because Frank Azor has just confirmed that this machine will not receive any hardware refresh in Q4.
PUBG Mobile Lite 0.5.0 launches in some markets, others should follow soon
This light version of the PUBG Mobile game received an update to version 0.5.0 and now features a new sniper rifle, clans, and a new War Mode. Sadly, this title is still not available in many markets, although it made its debut on Google Play back in March. PUBG Mobile Lite uses Unreal Engine 4 and can run on devices with rather low specs.
POCO is a Xiaomi sub-brand that targets the high-end sector of the market
The upcoming Pocophone F1 is more than just another Xiaomi handset because this will be the first smartphone by POCO, which is a new sub-brand of the Chinese company. POCO's first effort focuses entirely on speed and sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 with liquid cooling, an IR blaster, and a generous 4,000 mAh battery.
Intel has sold AI chips worth over US$1 billion last year
The Xeon processors employed by data centers in various artificial intelligence applications provided Intel with over US$1 billion in revenue in 2017, and the future looks even better. According to the company's officials, the data-centric businesses can provide a market worth US$200 billion in 2022.
Samsung did it again: Android Oreo for mid-range and budget phones delayed to 2019
A week ago, we heard that Samsung is pushing the Oreo update for the Galaxy A, J, and C handsets to December. Sadly, it can get even worse: the new Oreo roadmap says that most of those devices are scheduled to get Oreo — not Android Pie, but Oreo — in January 2019. In the end, it would not be surprising to find out that Samsung cancels the update.
Qualcomm's Snapdragon Wear 3100 mobile processor might arrive next month
Although the recent official teasers have not revealed what is this all about, insiders familiar with the matter revealed that Qualcomm will launch a new mobile chip on September 10. As its alleged name suggests, the upcoming Snapdragon Wear 3100 is the successor of the Snapdragon Wear 2100, which was released two years ago.
Android Pie coming to Vivo handsets in Q4, X21 apparently the first on the list
Android 9.0 Pie has just arrived, and Vivo is one of the first brands to reveal its update plans. According to the Chinese company, its handsets will get the update in Q4 2018. Insiders familiar with the matter claim that the Vivo X21 will probably be the first one to get the update.
Samsung begins mass production of industry's first 4-bit 4 TB SSD for consumers
The new 4 TB 4-bit QLC SSD by Samsung comes with a 3-year warranty period and has a level of performance similar to the company’s 3-bit design. The new SSD for consumers provides read speeds of up to 540 MB/s and write speeds of up to 520 MB/s. This drive arrives more than a decade after Samsung's 32 GB 1-bit SLC SSD that was introduced in 2006.
Latest Dell XPS 15 9575 BIOS update comes with a trackpad bug
Although it might not affect all Dell XPS 15 9575 units that were patched with the latest BIOS update, it seems that at least some of this convertible's users are now facing a buggy trackpad. For now, the problem is being investigated by Dell's engineers, so a solution should surface as soon as possible.
Huawei is the king of the notch, reveals a new smartphone market report
A recent smartphone sales report for the first half of 2018 by Sigmaintell Consulting shows that Huawei shipped more than 25 million handsets (out of a 100 million total) with a notched display during the given period, followed by Apple with over 20 million units. The third position goes to Chinese brand OPPO.
Mid-range LG Q7+ hits T-Mobile
T-Mobile has just added the US$350 LG Q7+ to its portfolio, but only the Moroccan Blue variant. This 5.5-inch, Qualcomm Snapdragon 450-powered handset comes with Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box, 4 GB RAM, and 64 GB internal storage. Those interested can also acquire it for 24 monthly payments of US$14 each (plus tax).
Fitbit Charge 3 spotted, might arrive at IFA 2018
Fitbit seems to be preparing the launch of a new smart wearable that is supposedly going to debut at IFA 2018 as the Fitbit Charge 3. The leaked images reveal a few interesting details, such as the replacement of the physical button with a touch area that could bring in the tap actions currently available for the Alta and Alta HR.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 retail box surfaces online
With less than a week to go until its August 9 launch, the Galaxy Note 9 is already all over the web, including an official product video that was unleashed — apparently by mistake — by Samsung itself. Now, an image of a Russian Galaxy Note 9 retail box confirms most details that we bumped into so far.
Armored Warfare launches today on Xbox One
Almost three years since its launch as a closed beta game for Windows PCs, Armored Warfare is finally available for Xbox consoles. The Xbox One version succeeds the PlayStation 4 variant by only a few months and joins World of Tanks and War Thunder, both already available on Microsoft's game console.
You need the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 to play World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth in 1080p at 60 fps
Although World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth is not going to bring any major changes in the graphics department, NVIDA recommends a GeForce GTX 1060 to fully enjoy the game in high detail and 60 frames per second at 1,920 x 1,080 pixels. The GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 are required to properly run the game at 2,560 x 1,440 and 3,840 x 2,160.
The Dell XPS 15 9570 with Intel Core i5 and 97 WHr battery no longer coming to the US
Although he previously stated that the Intel Core i5-powered XPS 15 9570 would get the 97 WHr battery option, Frank Azor has recently revealed that those who want this power pack should "move up to the next config" to get it. This means a US$500-worth jump to the cheapest Intel Core i7-driven model.
Fortnite Mobile for Android lacks support for HTC and Xiaomi handsets, as well as most Nokia smartphones
Although Fortnite Mobile is still available only for iOS-powered devices, it looks like the launch of the Android variant is near. For now, we know that the list of supported handsets does not include quite a few popular brands, such as HTC and Xiaomi, while some popular Nokia smartphones are not supported, either.
Samsung Galaxy J8 hits India as the online-exclusive Galaxy On8
Just as it happened with the latest Samsung Galaxy J6, which was released exclusively online in India as the Galaxy On6, the Samsung Galaxy J8 (2018) is now ready to go on sale on Flipkart as the Galaxy On8. Obviously, the Galaxy On8 also comes with a slightly lower price tag when compared to its sibling.
Upcoming white Google Pixel 3 XL leaks online
A fresh set on hands-on Google Pixel 3 XL photos confirms that one variant of this upcoming handset features 4 GB of memory and 64 GB internal storage. Even more, the white variant apparently keeps the contrasting-colored power button used by Google for the white Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.
The Dell XPS 13 9370 now available with Ubuntu Linux 18.04 onboard
The Intel Core i7-8550U-powered Dell XPS 13 9370 ultrabook is now available with Ubuntu Linux 18.04 onboard. The first XPS 13 Developer Edition arrived more than five years ago and back then it had Ubuntu 12.04 installed. The new XPS 13 Developer Edition is only available in the US for now, but Europe and Canada will follow soon.
The Dell XPS 15 9570 with Core i9 is immune to Active Management Technology-related issues
While the Dell XPS 15 9570 that uses the high-end Intel Core i9 processor comes with vPro disabled, some users are afraid of the AMT-related vulnerabilities that could allow a remote attacker to gain control of their machines. Frank Azor confirmed that the issues have been patched already and the machine should be immune to such attacks.
More HTC U12 Life details surface online
Currently codenamed "Imagine Life," HTC's next mid-ranger is expected to hit the market as the HTC U12 Life. Its alleged specs include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor, 4 GB of memory, 64 GB internal storage, a dual camera setup on the back, a generous 6-inch display, and a 3,600 mAh battery.
Facebook Watch Party for Groups now available worldwide
The Watch Party feature for Facebook Groups has been tested over the last few months, and now it is finally available for all users of the notorious social network. Thanks to it, people within a group can watch a video together — it works for both live and pre-recorded content — and interact via comments and reactions.
Three Motorola One Power variants hit TENAA, specs and images now public
The upcoming Motorola One Power has been the subject of quite a few rumors and leaks over the last few weeks, but now it has just surfaced on TENAA. According to this fresh listing, the 6.18-inch handset features a massive 4,850 mAh battery, up to 6 GB/64 GB of memory/internal storage, a dual camera on the back, and more.
Android Oreo hits 12 percent of the market, Nougat begins to drop
After more than a month without making the Android distribution numbers public, Google reveals that Oreo is finally above the 10 percent barrier — at 12.1 percent, to be accurate — while Nougat has begun to descend, dropping by just 0.3 percent when compared to the 31.1 percent of the market it controlled during the week that ended on May 7.
Steam gets an all-new chat system for both the Steam Client and web browsers
The new stable Steam Client for Windows, Linux, and Mac brings an all-new chat feature that is also available for web browsers, GPU acceleration in web views by default, support for the PlayStation 3 controller, 15 Xbox controllers, and more. In the near future, Windows XP and Vista will no longer be supported by the Steam Client.
Acer Chromebook Tab 10 Chrome OS tablet is finally available and shipping
Although the Acer Chromebook Tab 10 — one of the few Chrome OS-driven tablets unveiled so far — arrived back in March, it took a while for it to finally become widely available. Now, those interested can acquire this 9.7-inch slate with a Rockchip RK3399 processor inside for a starting price of US$330.
A new Google Pixelbook with narrow bezels is expected to arrive this fall
Google is expected to unveil quite a few new pieces of hardware in October: the Pixel 3 and 3 XL handsets, the second-generation Pixel Buds, a Pixel-branded smartwatch, and now an updated PixelBook with narrow bezels is joining the list as well. Sadly, nothing is official yet.
Nokia's X5 confirmed to hit the global market as the 5.1 Plus
Just as previously rumored, the Nokia X5 handset will hit the global market as the Nokia 5.1 Plus. Although HMD's Global Chief Product Officer, Juho Sarvikas, confirmed its arrival on Twitter, the details are not public yet, but we expect this to happen soon.
Snapchat will shut down its peer-to-peer payment service Snapcash on August 30
Introduced back in November 2014 as the result of Snapchat's collaboration with Square, Snapcash ended up as a payment service mainly used for trading adult-oriented content online, far from the initial goal of allowing friends and family members to quickly transfer money while using Snapchat.
Upcoming 12 nm AMD Picasso APU spotted online
Although most details are still unknown, we heard that the AMD Picasso APU is a 12 nm Zen+ chip that might launch as an individual family of products instead of a mere Raven Ridge refresh. Unfortunately, AMD's current roadmap mentioned a 2019 release date, so it will probably take at least a few good months until more official details show up.
Ubuntu 17.10 is no longer supported
Those who are still using Ubuntu 17.10 "Artful Aardvark" should now update to the version 18.04 (nicknamed "Bionic Beaver") of this popular Linux distribution. Ubuntu 17.10 arrived on October 19, 2017, and it only received 9 months of support — as it happens with all non-LTS Ubuntu Linux releases.
Total War: Rome II - Rise of the Republic now up for pre-order
The upcoming expansion for Creative Assembly's Total War: Rome II is called "Rise of the Republic" and will launch in early August as a full prequel campaign for the game. This US$16.99 pack comes with a full map of Italy — including Rome's ancient enemy, Carthage — and is set in 399 BC.
Huawei has already sold 100 million handsets this year
Although the Chinese brand might not hit its planned sales target of 200 million units for the entire year, reaching the 100 million units milestone is also quite impressive. Compared to 7 years ago, Huawei managed to increase its smartphone sales by no less than 51 times.
Amber Lake-powered Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 spotted online
Although the changes were quickly removed, Dell's Chilean website has been up for a while showing the XPS 13 convertible with two Amber Lake processors, namely the Intel Core i5-8200Y and the Intel Core i7-8500Y. Now, it only remains to see how long does it take for Dell to make these processor options available for real.
Apex Launcher 4.0 is a complete mess
Once a very popular Android launcher, Apex Launch has just become an example of how not to do things for the developers of such apps. The latest update reduced the number of settings available, and some of those that have not been eliminated have been completely changed. All in all, Apex Launch is now one of those launchers that any user should avoid.
Sea of Thieves will get skeleton ships at the end of the month
The upcoming free campaign and content update for Sea of Thieves is called "Cursed Sails" and will go live on July 31. The three-week campaign will bring skeleton ships to challenge players on the seas and bring terror to outposts. Fortunately, those who will not be able to take part in the campaign will be able to enjoy the new content in the future as well.
World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth pre-patch now rolling out
Although the new story content will be playable starting on July 25 and the Battle of Azeroth update is set to arrive on August 14, the pre-patch can be downloaded already. World of Warcraft 8.0.1 comes with multiple changes, including an updated PvP Honor and Prestige system, the ability to create and join cross-realm social groups, updated classes and specializations, and more.
Tempest 4000 brings old-school arcade fun to Windows PCs and consoles
ATARI's classic arcade game Tempest that was released in October 1981 is making a return as Eat Electric Death! Tempest 4000 with new features and 4K graphics. This title is now available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PCs for US$20 or US$30 — depending on the market and platform, of course.
Android 8.1 Oreo finally available for the Xiaomi Mi A1 in Europe
Although the Android 8.1 Oreo update for the Xiaomi Mi A1 started to roll out last month, it was quickly stopped after the discovery of an SMS bug. Back then, most markets did not even receive it, so now it is the first time for most users of this successful Android One handset when the update reaches them.
The 6th gen Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon on Linux is facing sleep mode issues, unofficial patch available for a while
A problem that has been spotted in early March has resurfaced on Twitter this week, and Lenovo pointed the troubled customer to the official forum. Sadly, the 18-page discussion about the X1 Carbon's inability to use deep sleep on Linux also reveals that Lenovo's machines are unable to use LTE and the fingerprint reader when running this operating system.
Xiaomi teases the upcoming Mi A2 on Twitter
The teaser of the upcoming rebranded Mi 6X does not reveal much, but the essentials are supposed to be the same as in the case of the very popular Mi A1 when compared to the Mi 5X. Basically, the Mi A2 will have the same specs as the Mi 6X but will run stock Android instead of using Xiaomi's MIUI interface.
In-display fingerprint readers coming to the Galaxy A series next year
Although various Chinese underdogs are already selling handsets with in-display fingerprint readers, Samsung still has to release its first such handset. However, while the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10 are both expected to use this technology, recent rumors claim that next year's Galaxy A series will feature it as well.
Battlefield V Open Beta coming in September
The Battlefield V Closed Alpha stage has just reached its final day and now this title is ready for the next step. According to DICE, the Open Beta for Battlefield V will go live in the first part of September. The full game is scheduled to launch mid-October for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.
The new HP Chromebook x2 goes head to head with the Microsoft Surface Go
Although the Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y processor was expected to remain a Microsoft Surface Go-exclusive, it looks like the HP Chromebook x2 convertible will soon get a version with it inside as well. Even more, a variant with an Intel Core i5-7Y54 inside is also on its way. Both have been spotted in a leaked technical document.
AMD's upcoming 7 nm Vega 20 GPU could provide well above 20 TFLOPs for an insane TDP of over 400 Watt
According to a detailed analysis of AMD's upcoming GPUs, the new 7 nm Vega 20 might hit the 20 TFLOP barrier. Unfortunately, based on the known specifications of the hardware architecture used, achieving this level of performance would also lead to a high power consumption figure of 400 W.
The first Remnant: From the Ashes trailer goes online, but the launch is expected for 2019
The Darksiders 3 studio, namely Gunfire Games, is now working on a brand-new title, the third-person survival-action shooter Remnant: From the Ashes. The story is set in a post-apocalyptic future and involves interdimensional fights with a mysterious race called The Root. If everything works as planned, the game should launch next year.
Frank Azor: There is no chance to get the Dell XPS 15 9570 with Intel Core i7 and integrated graphics
While some businesses would like to order the XPS 15 9570 with an Intel Core i7 or even an Intel Core i9 processor inside, but without dedicated graphics, Dell has no plans to offer such hardware configurations. The answer to this question comes from Frank Azor via Twitter, as usual.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2018) tablet lands at FCC
The upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 is expected to launch with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 or a Snapdragon 430 processor, next to 2 or 3 GB of memory and 32 GB or 64 GB of internal storage. The slate will most likely run Android 8.1 Oreo with Samsung Experience 9.0 on top and it might arrive soon since it has just been spotted at FCC.
The Huawei Nova 3 leaks online, official launch coming next week
Although it also has a notched display, the same Kirin 970 processor and the dual-camera setup present in the Honor 10, the upcoming Huawei Nova 3 sports a larger screen and a rear-mounted fingerprint reader. According to the latest leaks, this 6.3-inch phablet will launch in China on July 18.
The Motorola Moto E5 and Moto E5 Plus finally arrive in India
The 5.7-inch Moto E5 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor and retails for around US$146, while the 5.99-inch Moto E5 Plus will be available in the region for about US$175 and sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430. In both cases, the screen resolution is an almost decent 1,440 x 720 pixels.
PUBG Mobile 0.7.0 available for download, still in Beta stage
Earlier today, PUBG Mobile 0.7.0 beta was still receiving new players. Sadly, at the time of publishing this piece, all available spots have been taken already. The good part is that new players will be accepted later, so this early access program is definitely one to keep an eye on.
The Dell XPS 15 9575 with 32 GB RAM is scheduled to arrive in September, confirms Frank Azor
Those eagerly waiting for the XPS 15 9575 with 32 GB of memory have just received a new confirmation from Frank Azor, who mentioned on Twitter that Dell is currently aiming for a September launch. For now, this convertible is only available with 8 GB or 16 GB of soldered memory that cannot be upgraded.
The Nokia X5 might launch tomorrow in China
Expected to launch in China later this week for a price starting around the equivalent of US$150, the upcoming Nokia X5 is powered by a yet-to-be-revealed MediaTek processor and sports a 720p 5.86-inch notched display. This handset will launch with Android 8.1 Oreo onboard and will obviously receive Android P once it becomes available.
Samsung begins mass production of fifth generation V-NAND memory
The fifth-generation V-NAND memory chips by Samsung use the "Toggle DDR 4.0" interface for the first time in the industry and provide a data transfer speed of up to 1.4 Gbps — an impressive increase of 40 percent over the previous generation. These new 256 Gb chips will soon be followed by 1 Tb offerings.
Huawei trademarks the Mate 20 name
According to a recent trademark filing with the European Union Intellectual Property Office, the next-gen Huawei Mate device will be the Mate 20. This is still a bit far from an official confirmation, but it definitely minimizes the chances to see the Mate 11 showing up first, as some rumors have been suggesting.
Fortnite Season 5 starting on July 12
After the changes brought by the post-meteor strike Season 4, Season 5 of Fortnite is now on its way and will kick off on July 12 at 4 AM EDT (08:00 GMT). The strange rift events that have started to appear after the recent in-game missile launch will probably play a role in Season 5 as well, but the details are not public yet.
The Vivo Nex flagship to get out of China, but the US market still has to wait
The Vivo Nex flagship, which is widely known for its fullscreen display design with a pop-up selfie camera and an in-display fingerprint reader, is expected to hit Russia, Malaysia, Taiwan, India, and Hong Kong by the end of the month. Sadly, its availability for other markets has not been confirmed yet.
OPPO A3s details surface online, a 6.2-inch notched display included
The yet to be announced OPPO A3s seems to be a re-branded OPPO A5 and features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage, a dual camera setup on the back, as well as a massive 6.2-inch notched display. Sadly, the screen resolution is very low for this size — only 1,280 x 720 pixels.
A new — and affordable — Microsoft Surface tablet might arrive this week
The affordable Microsoft tablet — most likely the one known as Lex and supposed to arrive this fall — will apparently land in stores this Friday. According to insiders familiar with the matter, this 10-inch Windows slate will start at US$399 for education customers and will go up to US$829 (without accessories).
Samsung Galaxy Amp Prime 3 hits Cricket Wireless
The Samsung Galaxy Amp Prime 3 is a 5-inch handset that features low-end specs such as a resolution of just 1,280 x 720 pixels, 5 MP and 8 MP cameras, 2 GB RAM, and 16 GB of internal storage. On the other hand, many users will enjoy having a removable 2,600 mAh battery, Bixby support, as well as Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box.
The Xiaomi POCOPHONE handset hits FCC
The upcoming Xiaomi POCOPHONE landed at FCC with two variants, both featuring 6 GB of memory. However, one of them sports 64 GB of internal storage space, while the other offers 128 GB. The draft of the handset's back also reveals a vertical dual camera setup. Sadly, there is not much else to talk about yet.
The Huawei MediaPad M5 Lite 10 and MediaPad T5 10 Android slates now official
The two 10.1-inch Huawei slates MediaPad M5 Lite 10 and MediaPad T5 10 run Android Oreo and use the same HiSilicon Kirin 659 octa-core processor, although there are some differences easily noticeable in the battery and camera departments. In Italy, their prices start around the equivalent of US$235.
The Samsung Galaxy S10+ flagship might feature five cameras
A dual camera for selfies and a tri-camera setup on the back — this is the mobile photography hardware rumored to be used by Samsung for the upcoming Galaxy S10+ flagship. Currently codenamed "Beyond 2," this handset is expected to become — alongside the S10 — the first Samsung phone with a triple camera setup, as well as the first S series device with two front cameras.
Samsung Galaxy Tab Advanced2 and Advanced2 XL live images spotted online
The new Samsung Galaxy Tab Advanced2 and the Galaxy Tab Advanced2 XL are expected to hit the market soon with Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box, thinner bezels than their predecessors, as well as without a physical Home button. Both are very likely to arrive at the end of August, just in time for IFA 2018.
No Coffee Lake refresh coming to the Alienware 13
Those waiting for a Coffee Lake refresh for the latest Alienware 13 gaming laptop should give up all hope because Frank Azor has just confirmed that such a thing is not in the cards. The models currently available on the market use 6th and 7th generation Intel processors, as well as NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050/1050 Ti/1060 graphics.
Baidu announces a new processor for AI
Baidu's new Kunlun processor is advertised as "China's first cloud-to-edge AI chip" that will be used in both cloud and edge scenarios, including data centers, autonomous vehicles, and public clouds. The chip uses 14 nm Samsung engineering, providing 512 GB/s and 260 TOPS for a power consumption of 100 W.
The Moto Z Play gets Android Oreo on Verizon Wireless
The mid-range version of the Moto Z flagship, Lenovo's Moto Z Play has been unveiled back in August 2016 with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow onboard. Now, the Verizon Wireless variant of this Qualcomm Snapdragon 625-powered smartphone is finally receiving the long-awaited Android 8.0 Oreo update.
Alleged Samsung Galaxy J7 Aero hits Geekbench, Exynos 7885 in tow
Expected to arrive in the US exclusively via Verizon Wireless, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Aero apparently has just surfaced on Geekbench. The listing for the SM-J737V device has been removed since it was spotted by MySmartPrice News, and the details it revealed include an Exynos 7885 processor, 2 GB RAM, and Android Oreo.
New Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 renders surface online, thin bezels included
The successor of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 tablet surfaced a few times so far but still has to be confirmed by the company's officials. The new renders of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 show slimmer bezels than the previous ones, also revealing a few sensors and the lack of a physical Home button.
The Huawei Nova 3 hits TENAA with FullView display and two dual cameras
The upcoming Huawei Nova 3 is a massive mid-range handset with a 6.3-inch FullView display, a design similar to the P20 flagship, and dual cameras for both selfies and daily mobile photography tasks. Expected to be unveiled on July 18, the Nova 3 uses a HiSilicon Kirin 710 processor, next to 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage.
The new Samsung Galaxy J3 and Galaxy J7 now available on Verizon, Boost Mobile, and Sprint
Less than a month after Samsung announced the arrival of the new Galaxy J3 and Galaxy J7 handsets, both are making their way to the US market. The 5-inch Galaxy J3 and the 5.5-inch Galaxy J7 are both budget handsets that feature 2 GB of memory and come with Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box.
Unofficial Microsoft Andromeda renders show gaming and laptop usage modes
Although the Microsoft Andromeda project — expected to hit the market as the Surface Phone — has been in the rumor mill for quite a long time, everything should be clarified this fall. In the meantime, we bumped into a new set of unofficial renders that is based on the latest Microsoft patent showing this device.
Samsung Galaxy J6 hits India as the online-exclusive Galaxy On6
The Exynos 7870-powered Samsung Galaxy J6 has been around since May in black, gold, and blue. However, the Indian market will now get it as the Galaxy On6, but only in black and blue. The "new" Galaxy On6 also sports a slightly lower price tag than the identical Galaxy J6 due to the fact that it can only be acquired online.
The Dell XPS 15 9570 with Intel Core i9-8950HK processor finally available in the US, XPS 15 9580 not in the cards yet
The Intel Core i9-8950HK processor option is finally available for the full HD variant of the Dell XPS 15 9570 performance laptop. However, Frank Azor also unveiled that the Dell XPS 15 9580 is not in the cards yet when asked about the changes that should be expected from the successor of the XPS 15 9570.
Samsung's first Android Go smartphone gets one step closer to launch
Not long after surfacing online for the first time, the Samsung SM-J260 is back in dozens of markets worldwide. However, this Android Go handset is not available for purchase yet, since Samsung is only testing it at this stage. The list of countries where this handset is currently undergoing trials includes Germany, Italy, France, Singapore, and others.
OpenKirin brings stock Android to Huawei and Honor devices that are stuck with EMUI otherwise
Those who love certain Huawei and Honor devices but cannot stand the company's custom interface, EMUI, can run stock Android thanks to a new project called OpenKirin. The list of supported devices currently includes no less than 17 phones and tablets loaded with EMUI 8 by default.
Google adding DRM to all Android apps
Earlier this week, Google silently introduced a feature that is supposed to increase the security of the Android platform by adding a string of metadata to all APK files. As long as Google does not go DRM-crazy the same way Electronic Arts did on a few occasions, everything should be fine.
Libre Computer's single-board computer Renegade Elite coming in August, Rockchip RK3399 in tow
The successor of the US$35 Renegade single-board PC by Libre Computer will hit Indiegogo in July and general availability is scheduled for August. This Raspberry Pi alternative uses a Rockchip RK3399 processor and features USB Type-C connectivity, 4 GB DDR4 memory, eMMC 5.x support, Gigabit Ethernet, and more.
Microsoft drops Windows 7 support for Pentium III processors
As incredible as it may seem, Windows 7 still offered support for pre-2000 processors until recently, when Microsoft confirmed that machines without SSE2 support must be upgraded to continue receiving updates for the operating system. Back in March, the company mentioned that a workaround for non-SSE2 processors was under development.
The long-rumored Microsoft Andromeda device could use the next-gen Qualcomm Snapdragon 1000 chip
While most rumors that we heard so far mentioned an ARM processor, new ones reveal that the upcoming foldable Windows 10 device will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 1000, a chip that was specifically created for Windows on ARM devices. Also known as the Surface Phone, the Andromeda still needs to be confirmed by Microsoft.
The Dell XPS 15 9570 with Intel Core i5 could get the 97 WHr battery option in the US
In addition to the noticeable price bump from US$999.99 to US$1,059.99 that has been already applied to the Dell XPS 15 9570 with Intel Core i5-8300H processor, the most affordable hardware setup of this performance laptop is also expected to get a 97 WHr battery, confirms Frank Azor.
New Samsung patent shows a dual-screen handset similar to the YotaPhone
Although the space on the back of the Samsung device shown in the patent that surfaced online thanks to Mobiel kopen might not be a secondary display after all, it is nice to think that a device similar to the YotaPhone might hit the market backed by the name of a major player in the smartphone market.
Amazon Fire TV Cube is finally available for purchase
After a brief pre-ordering period, Amazon's Fire TV Cube can be acquired for a price of US$119.99 (the player alone) or US199.98 (Fire TV and Cloud Cam package). Later this year, this device should get support for sleep timers, Alexa Calling/Messaging, multi-room music, Bluetooth connections to mobile phones, and more.
MSN News becomes Microsoft News, mobile app now available for iOS and Android
Five years after the latest redesign and relaunch, the MSN News service gets a new design and a new name: Microsoft News. Microsoft News now features a dark theme, an impressive collection of curated news, as well as quick and accurate notifications. The mobile app is available for iOS and Android, but there are also versions for Windows 10 and the Web.
Microsoft acquires AI firm Bonsai
The Californian AI firm Bonsai achieved a few major breakthroughs in the field of industrial machine learning over the last years and will be joining Microsoft to help the latter in building better autonomous systems. As it usually happens with such deals, the financial terms have not been unveiled.
The Dell XPS 15 9570 was delayed in India due to supply shortages
Although Frank Azor said that the Dell XPS 15 9570 would become available in India on June 19, he has just confirmed that the company is facing supply shortages. A Twitter user also claims that Dell India removed the product page shortly after it went online, so this delay is most likely a short one.
Samsung intros the first NF1 NVMe SSD
The industry's first NF1 NVMe SSD that has just been introduced by Samsung is optimized for data-intensive analytics and virtualization applications, targeting next-gen data centers and enterprise servers. This drive provides twice the capacity of the current M.2 NVMe SSD for about the same size.
The Google Podcasts app for Android now available globally
Although Google Play Music began offering podcasts a few years ago, the internet search giant did not offer a standalone podcast player until now. Google Podcasts is a free Android app that integrates with Google Assistant across multiple devices and provides personalized recommendations to its users.
Google suddenly removes Uber integration from Maps
Back in January 2017, Google decided to integrate Uber into the popular Maps service. Now, this feature has been silently removed without any prior warning. There is no official reason for this move yet, but it is very likely that this move involves financial disagreements between Google and Uber.
You can run Android Oreo on a PC thanks to Android-x86 8.1_rc1
Available in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions, Android-x86 8.1-rc1 brings Android 8.1 Oreo to most devices that have not been designed with this mobile operating system in mind, including desktops and portable computers. However, this version is the first release candidate build and comes with a few issues.
Westworld TV series-inspired mobile game coming this week to Android and iOS
The Westworld game for mobile devices is supposed to launch officially on June 21st, but it can be downloaded, installed, and played already in some markets. This title is similar to Fallout Shelter and involves many characters and locations that are familiar for the fans of the Westworld TV series.
Apple allegedly killed the iPhone SE 2
Despite all the leaks and rumors about the successor of the iPhone SE, it seems that Apple has recently decided to stop its development. Insiders familiar with the inner workings of the Cupertino giant mention that three other handsets are in the making, all featuring large screens (between 5.8 and 6.5 inches in size).
Frank Azor confirms: The Dell XPS 15 9570 is coming to India next week
While the US market remains stuck at only four configurations directly available from Dell.com for this popular Cofee Lake-powered premium laptop, India is scheduled to receive the XPS 15 9570 next Tuesday. However, Frank Azor has not confirmed yet how many hardware setups will be available on launch.
AMD Ryzen 5 2500X and Ryzen 3 2300X hit Geekbench with up to 4 GHz boost and impressive performance
Expected to cost around US$160, the AMD Ryzen 5 2500X is almost as fast as the Intel Core i7-7700, while the cheaper (around US$130) Ryzen 3 2300X delivers about the same performance as the Intel Core i5-7600K. Both chips are manufactured using a 12 nm process and have a maximum clock speed of 4 GHz.
Virtual keyboard SwiftKey coming to Windows 10
Available for Android and iOS until now, SwiftKey is ready for Windows 10. Windows Insiders in the Fast ring and those who opted in to Skip Ahead can use this popular virtual keyboard app in Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17692. The list of languages supported includes English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portugues, and Russian.
Quake Champions is free until Monday, get it now and keep it forever
The first new entry in the Quake family of first-person shooters since Quake 4 — which arrived back in 2005 — Quake Champions can be downloaded via Steam as a free-to-play trial and those who sign up until June 18 can keep playing after the official launch as well. Early access has been available for US$30 since August 2017.
First 10 nm Intel Cannon Lake processor die spotted in the wild
Although Intel is very quiet with the details, independent sources confirmed that the new 10 nm processor is based on a 71 mm Cannon Lake die. Its die includes a 45 x 24 mm CPU area and a 47 mm chipset. Unfortunately, due to the troublesome manufacturing process, Intel will not be able to mass produce the new chip before the end of the year.
Kill the notch: The Samsung Galaxy S10 and the LG G8 rumored to be notch-free
All those Samsung and LG fans who can't live with an ugly notched display might have a reason to celebrate once the next generation flagships come out. The reason is that these two brands are supposedly ready to use "sound-emitting displays" that eliminate the need for a front-facing earpiece.
Next year's iPhones might ditch the Lightning connector
According to multiple sources familiar with the matter, Apple is currently redesigning the chargers and the charging interface for its next-gen iPhones and iPads. The iPhones expected to arrive next year will probably drop the existing Lightning connector and replace it with USB Type-C, but — unsurprisingly — Apple still has to confirm this.
You can already pre-order the Nokia 3.1 in the US for US$159, launch scheduled for July 2
The new Nokia 3.1 is a 5.2-inch affordable handset with a MediaTek MT6750 processor, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage, as well as a polycarbonate back combined with an aluminum frame. Scheduled to launch in the US on July 2, this Android One smartphone can be already pre-ordered from Amazon for US$159.
The Alienware Wireless Gaming Headset (AW988) hits the market
The first such accessory by Alienware in almost a decade, the AW988 is a wireless 7.1 surround gaming headset with LED lights, active noise canceling, and a frequency response range of 20 to 20,000 Hz. Covered by a two-year manufacturer warranty, the Alienware Wireless Gaming Headset AW988 can be acquired directly from Dell for US$229.99.
War Thunder 1.79 "Project X" is now live, Xbox One release coming soon
In addition to the upcoming release on the Xbox One, this major update for Gaijin Entertainment's popular cross-platform vehicular combat MMO title also includes various "X items" like the Fritz-X guided bomb, the AMX-40 and XM-1 tanks, and more. War Thunder 1.79 is now rolling out to Microsoft Windows, macOS, Linux, PlayStation 4, and Shield Android TV.
A budget Microsoft Surface tablet codenamed Lex might launch this fall
The Microsoft Surface Lex, also known as the Surface L, is rumored to arrive with type covers currently codenamed "Gibs" while its list of specs and features apparently includes USB Type-C and LTE connectivity. Compared to the Surface slates currently available and the type covers for them, the Surface Lex and its keyboard attachment will both be more affordable.
Looking great: First Shadow of the Tomb Raider gameplay trailer goes online
Compared to the cinematic trailer that has been available for a while, the first Shadow of the Tomb Raider gameplay trailer comes with more action and landscapes, as well as a lot of water. The game is being developed by Eidos Montreal and will hit Windows PCs, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles on September 14.
Yahoo Messenger going down for good on July 17 after a two-decade run
After 20 years since its 1998 release as Yahoo Pager, today's Yahoo Messenger — a Verizon property starting in 2017 — will be shut down in about five weeks. Although there is no official replacement for this iconic product, its successor might be Squirrel, a messaging app which is currently being tested by a few chosen ones.
AMD RX Vega 56 Nano now official
AMD unveiled the RX Vega 56 Nano during a Computex 2018 special press event, but instead a reference edition — as it usually happens — they unveiled a variant made by PowerColor. This video card features 8 GB HBM2 memory, 3584 stream processors, and the same clock speeds as the reference edition: 1156 MHz (base) and 1471 MHz (maximum).
The Google Pixel 2 XL got lazy after the latest update
According to multiple user reports, the patch for the Google Pixel 2 XL that was issued two days ago made this flagship device slower when waking up from the sleep mode via both the power button and the fingerprint reader. Fortunately, it seems that no other Pixel or Nexus device has been affected by this bug.
The mid-range LG Q Stylus phablet now official, coming later this month
The new LG Q Stylus will be available for purchase later this month in North America and Asia, followed by other regions in the third quarter. This 6.2-inch phablet will hit the market in three variants: regular, Plus, and Alpha. All three will feature the same FullVision display with 2,160 x 1,080 pixels, a 3,300 mAh battery, and Android 8.1 Oreo.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625-powered Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite spotted online with a notched display
The upcoming Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite is expected to debut as a larger Mi A1 because it sports the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor and up to 4 GB RAM/64 GB internal storage. However, its generous 5.99-inch display has a notch and a 2:1 aspect ratio, providing a resolution of 1,080 x 2,160 pixels.
Intel Core i9-powered full HD XPS 15 9570 coming to the US later this month
For now, the top configuration of the XPS 15 9570 with a non-touch full HD display available in the US via Dell.com sports an Intel Core i7-8750H processor. However, Frank Azor has just confirmed that more setups will be available later this month, including one that features the i9-8950HK processor out of the box.
Samsung Galaxy A6 expected to hit the US via AT&T
The mid-range Samsung Galaxy A6 (model number SM-A600A) is supposed to hit the US via AT&T, reveals Evan Blass. Sadly, he did not mention a price tag or a date of launch. This 5.6-inch handset ships with Android Oreo onboard and sports a few premium features, such as Samsung Pay, Face Recognition, Bixby Vision, and Dolby Atmos audio.
A collection of Apple internal tools allegedly up for sale on the black market
An unnamed hacker claims to have access to a set of internal tools that can be used to reveal — obviously private — Apple customer account information. According to this individual, at least 20 people have acquired usernames and passwords — obtained using a "private exploit," he said — to access Apple's systems.
Dragon Nest hits Android devices worldwide as Dragon Nest M
Released in South Korea back in March 2010, the action MMORPG title shortly known as Dragon Nest arrived on Android a few months ago, but it was only available in South Asia since then. Now, Dragon Nest M (from "mobile") can be finally enjoyed by Android users all over the world as a free game (with optional digital purchases, of course).
Papua New Guinea to ban Facebook
Facebook will be banned in Papua New Guinea for a month, but the starting day has not been unveiled yet. The reason for this is to allow the government's analysts to track down those behind fake accounts, adult uploads, and those who introduce and promote fake news and misleading information.
The Meizu M6T is now official, packs a dual-camera setup for less than US$125
Starting at less than US$125, the new Meizu M6T is powered by the outdated MediaTek MT6750 processor, but its main selling point is the 13 MP + 2 MP main camera setup on the back. This 5.7-inch handset also has a 3,300 mAh battery and a traditional audio jack, but it is only available in China for now.
Farce ID: The OnePlus 6 flagship fell for a photo
Although the OnePlus 6 has been well received and provides an excellent value, the fingerprint and the PIN/password remain the safest methods of unlocking it. A recent statement coming directly from OnePlus makes it clear that face unlocking alone cannot deliver an optimal level of security yet.
Frank Azor: The Dell XPS 15 9575 convertible with 32 GB RAM coming in Q4 2018
Although its high-end variant is also available in black — unlike the XPS 15 9570 laptop — and features an 8th generation Intel Core i7-8705G processor, the XPS 15 9575 convertible only comes with 16 GB of soldered memory, so there is no upgrade option available. Fortunately, Frank Azor has just confirmed that a 32 GB variant should arrive in the last part of the year.
Hands-on video of the dual-camera Samsung Galaxy A8 Star surfaces online
The Samsung SM-G8850 handset that recently visited the offices of the Chinese telecom authority TENAA has now surfaced online in a short hands-on video. Although the processor inside it is still a mystery, most of the other specs — including a 6.28-inch Super AMOLED display and a 24 MP + 16 MP main camera setup — have been (unofficially) confirmed.
Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth now available for Android and iOS devices in the US
Announced for Japan back in March, Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth is finally available for Android and iOS smartphones in the US. This cult classic is more than 12 years old, but the mobile version has been refreshed with HD graphics, a wide voice cast, partial gamepad support, as well as save and autosave capabilities.
Essential promises 2 years of updates and 3 years of security patches for the PH1 handset
Although Andy Rubin's company is now up for sale and the chances to see a second Essential Phone reaching the market anytime soon have just evaporated, the company recently announced that its only device will get 2 years of updates and 3 years of security patches. Sadly, these timelines could change if Essential gets a new owner.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845-powered laptops coming soon
Sometimes delays can be benefic for laptops, since at least some of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835-powered Windows 10 portables that were expected to arrive this year will use the faster Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor instead, which also has a noticeably faster frequency than when used in smartphones.
State of Decay 2 hits the one million players milestone in just two days
In just two days after the global release of the State of Decay 2 Standard Edition open world zombie survival game for Windows and Xbox One, over one million players enjoyed it. Other figures revealed by Microsoft for the given period include six million combined hours of gameplay and almost 3.5 million hours streamed via Mixer, YouTube Gaming, and Twitch.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 might feature 8 GB RAM and 512 GB storage, Exynos 9810 variant hits Geekbench
While a recent rumor claims that a top-of-the-line variant of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 9 might hit the market with 8 GB RAM and 512 GB storage onboard, the Samsung SM-N960N model that has just surfaced on Geekbench only sports an Exynos 9810 processor and 6 GB RAM.
The Acer Chromebook Spin 15 is now official, coming to North America in July
The convertible Acer Chromebook Spin 15 promises to deliver a 13-hour battery life and features two upward-facing speakers, as well as full support for Android apps via Google Play. It is expected to reach the North American market in July for a starting price of US$449, while the EMEA region should get it in June.
Live image of the LG V35 ThinQ surfaces online
The live image recently discovered by Evan Blass on the website of The Wireless Power Consortium reveals a handset without a notch that might feature front-facing stereo speakers. The latest rumors mention a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, dual 16 MP main camera, a 6-inch display, 6 GB RAM, and 64 GB internal storage.
StumbleUpon shutting down on June 30, accounts and content moving to Mix.com
After a history of more than 16 years, the popular content discovery and advertisement engine StumbleUpon is drawing its last breath. On June 30, all user accounts and content will move to Mix.com, a similar service that offers better compatibility with today's mobile platforms and web browsers.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 hits GFXBench with Android 8.1 onboard, unknown Snapdragon processor
Less than a month since it surfaced with Android 8.0 Oreo onboard, the upcoming Samsung SM-T835 tablet hits the GFXBench database with Android 8.1. The graphics performance is slightly lower with the new software version, so it might take a while before they launch this 10.5-inch slate.
Google Family Link hits 27 new markets
Available for phones and tablets that run at least iOS 9 or KitKat, Google Family Link allows parents to control the content available on their children's phones and tablets that run Nougat or later. Launched in the US back in September 2017, this service is now available in no less than 38 countries worldwide.
Frank Azor: No more loud fans for the Dell XPS 15 9575 2-in-1 convertible thanks to the latest BIOS update
The latest BIOS update for the Dell XPS 15 9575 convertible should take care of the fans issue, revealed Frank Azor on Twitter yesterday. In the last month, more users complained that the fans of the new XPS 2-in-1 are extremely loud even under light load, some of them even stumbling into this problem on more than just one XPS 15 9575.
Google silently removes its "Don't be evil" motto after almost two decades
Present in Google's corporate code of conduct since 2000, the "Don't be evil" motto was changed to "Do the right thing" in 2015 for use in Alphabet's code of conduct. However, Google did not drop this slogan until late April/early May, when all references to it have been apparently removed.
Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ in Sunrise Gold finish coming next month, US availability not confirmed yet
US customers not happy with the three color choices locally available for the Samsung Galaxy S9 lineup might want to wait for a little longer, because it looks like the Sunrise Gold option might reach them in the coming weeks. Even better, it is rumored that the Burgundy Red Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will land stateside as well.
Samsung Galaxy S Light Luxury (S8 Lite) now official in China
The rumored Samsung Galaxy S8 Lite is now official in China as the S Light Luxury. Its highlights include a 5.8-inch Infinity Display with 2,220 x 1,080 pixels, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB internal storage, and a 3,000 mAh battery. The phone has no dual camera setup and can be pre-ordered for the equivalent of US$578.
Republic Wireless intros the Relay secure smartphone for kids
The Relay secure smartphone for kids by Republic Wireless is so secure that it does not feature a display. This accessory can be considered a basic phone with tracking capabilities for kids, as it features nationwide 4G LTE connectivity, as well as WiFi, Bluetooth, integrated GPS, NFC contact sharing, and even a smart assistant.
Ubuntu 18.10 will come with a new default theme, improved power management, and more
Scheduled to arrive in October, Ubuntu 18.10 "Cosmic Cuttlefish" will still use GNOME but will come with a new default theme called Communitheme, improved power saving options, a faster first-time startup for apps installed as snaps, DLNA media sharing, and more. Until then, version 18.04.1 is expected to drop in July with a few minor changes, as well as the usual tweaks and bug fixes.
Microsoft acquires conversational AI company Semantic Machines
Semantic Machines Inc. is a Californian company based in Berkeley that will join Microsoft for an undisclosed amount. However, it has been revealed that the Redmond giant will establish a conversational AI center of excellence in Berkeley "to push forward the boundaries of what is possible in language interfaces."
Xiaomi coming to France on May 22
Promising to bring a "new attitude" to Europe, Xiaomi is ready to enter the French market. The Chinese brand will open its first Mi Store in Paris on May 22, but more are expected to follow in other French cities over the coming months. Two days later, Xiaomi will also enter the Italian market.
Netflix HDR support now available for the Sony Xperia XZ2, Huawei's Mate 10 Pro, and the P20 family
The list of mobile devices with Netflix HDR support now consists of 11 smartphones and one tablet — namely the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 — and the last ones to be added are the Huawei P20, P20 Pro, Mate 10 Pro, as well as the Sony Xperia XZ2. The only plan with UHD content streaming support is Netflix Premium, priced at US$13.99 per month.
Dragon Ball Legends for Android hits the US
Less than a month after becoming the first Namco Bandai title to reach 3 million pre-registrations worldwide, Dragon Ball Legends is now officially available for Android users in the US. Europe and other markets will follow soon, followed by the iOS version of this new title based on the Dragon Ball manga and anime series.
Motorola silently intros the Moto 1S in China
The new Motorola Moto 1S is about the same device as the Moto G6 but comes with Lenovo ZUI 3.5 on top of Android 8.0 Oreo and ZUI branding on the back. This handset also sports a 5.7-inch full HD+ 2:1 display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor, 4 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage, a 12 MP + 5 MP main camera, and so on.
YouTube Music now official, coming next week
YouTube Music will launch next Tuesday as a free ad-supported service, while YouTube Music Premium will come for US$9.99. At the same time, YouTube Red becomes YouTube Premium. The first wave of countries to get YouTube Music consists of Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, South Korea, and the US.
Samsung halts the Oreo update for the Galaxy S7 lineup once again
Back in February, the Android Oreo update for the Galaxy S8 lineup was halted. Now, the new firmware for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge shares the same fate as more users located in Europe are complaining of bootloops that occur once the update is complete. Not long ago, T-Mobile paused the rollout of the same update after being delayed.
Facebook to debut Voice Posts, Stories archive, and cloud storage in India
Thanks to the new features coming to the Facebook app, its users will be able to save photos and videos directly to the Facebook cloud, share voice messages with friends, as well as to archive the Facebook Stories as needed. The new features will roll out in India first and are expected to reach the rest of the world soon.
Samsung Bixby coming to ovens and robot cleaners this year
Already available in smartphones, TVs, air conditioners, washing machines, and refrigerators, the Samsung Bixby virtual assistant will also be added to the company's robot cleaners and ovens by the end of this year. Samsung remains committed to the promise of bringing AI to all its home appliances by 2020.
The Acer Iconia One 10 tablet shows up at FCC
Just as its name suggests, the upcoming Acer Iconia One 10 tablet has a 10.1-inch full HD display. Its list of specs also includes the MediaTek MT8167A quad-core processor, 2 GB of memory, 32 GB internal storage, as well as a generous 6,000 mAh battery. This slate runs Android 8.0 and has no official launch date yet.
Samsung Galaxy A8 Star receives its WiFi certification
The certification document spotted on the website of the Wi-Fi Alliance only shows a few details, as usual. Based on the information it provides, we can only confirm that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy A8 Star will launch with Android 8.0 Oreo onboard and features dual-band WiFi support.
Verizon to bring 5G to Los Angeles by the end of the year
Los Angeles will get 5G connectivity from Verizon in the last quarter of 2018, joining Sacramento as a "progressive-minded" city. The carrier still has to announce one to three more cities that will be included in the first wave of commercial 5G deployment. Verizon already tested 5G networks in 11 cities throughout 2017.
The Dell XPS 15 9570 with Intel Core i9-8950HK processor now available in Spain
After a painfully long wait — for those interested — the Intel Core i9-8950HK processor is now present in two XPS 15 9570 models. Unfortunately, they have only been listed on the Dell Spain website, so US customers still have to wait a few more days (or weeks) until the XPS 15 9570 gets this high-end mobile processor stateside.
The Intel Z390 chipset now (almost) official with Wireless AC, Bluetooth 5.0, and USB 3.1 Gen 2 in tow
The upcoming Intel Z390 chipset is designed for unlocked processors and could arrive in just a few weeks, at the Computex 2018 trade show in Taipei. However, the page containing the technical details was removed by Intel shortly after it became public, so the Z390 might get a few changes until its release.
Frank Azor: No chance for a black Dell XPS 15 9570
Although those who purchase the Dell XPS 15 9575 2-in-1 can already choose to have it in black, Frank Azor has recently confirmed that the Dell XPS 15 9570 laptop will not get such a color option anytime soon. The XPS 15 9570 is only available in a platinum silver finish and starts at US$999.99.
Huawei joins the Android Go crowd with the Y3 2018 smartphone
With the same price as the Nokia 1, the Huawei Y3 2018 is now available for purchase in South Africa. Its specs include a 5-inch display with only 854 x 480 pixels, a quad-core MediaTek processor, 1 GB RAM, and 8 GB internal storage, 2 MP and 8 MP cameras, as well as a 2,280 mAh battery.
Firefox 60 now available for download with sponsored stories, better Android performance, and more
The recently unleashed Firefox 60 is the first Extended Support Release version since Firefox 52, so it brings more than a year's worth of new features for personal, mobile, and business users. The most important changes are the sponsored stories present in the New Tab page and the improved customization capabilities for IT administrators.
John Legend coming to Google Assistant later this year, six new voices already available
Thanks to the recent introduction of six new voice choices, Google Assistant now features a total of eight such options — four female and four male voices. Even more, Sundar Pichai has confirmed at Google I/O that John Legend's voice will also reach the company's virtual assistant by the end of the year.
Asus entering the Android Go realm with the ZenFone Live L1
The 5.45-inch ZenFone Live L1 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor, next to 1 GB or 2 GB of memory, a 13 MP main camera, and 16 GB of internal storage space. The pricing details are not official yet, but a price tag around the equivalent of US$107 is expected for India, where this handset should debut later this month.
Encrypted messages apparently coming to Twitter
Although the company's representatives declined to comment so far, it looks like the "Secret conversation" option that was recently spotted inside the Twitter for Android application package is ready to bring encrypted messaging capabilities to this popular news and social networking service.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 could feature a new S-Pen, virtual fingerprint recognition, and more
About four months before the alleged release date of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, a refreshed set of details reveals the following: 3,850 mAh battery with 18 W fast charging, under-the-display fingerprint scanner, new S-Pen, Bixby 2.0, upgraded camera, and a new "Teddy Brown" color option.
Upcoming iOS 13 update to include a new home screen, various iPad-focused features
Although iOS 12 beta is not available yet for the public, a recent leak revealed a few details about its successor. According to this leak, iOS 13 "Yukon" will come with an updated Files app, a home screen redesign, tabs in apps like in macOS, as well as other iPad-focused features.
Fortnite for Android to arrive in a few months
Available for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 for a few months already, Fortnite has recently reached iOS devices, after a short invite-only beta period. Now, it looks like the invites for the Android beta are going out already, so mobile gamers that use Google's platform should get Fortnite pretty soon as well.
Samsung Galaxy S10 expected to arrive in January 2019
Insiders familiar with the 10th anniversary Samsung flagship claim that the upcoming — apparently not foldable — Galaxy S10 handset is likely going to launch at the CES 2019 trade show. This popular trade show is scheduled to take place in the first half of January, as usual.
AT&T customers will not get the new LG G7 ThinQ, could receive the LG V35 instead
While AT&T officials confirmed that the company will not add the LG G7 ThinQ to its portfolio, they also revealed that a new exclusive LG device is headed their way and should go on sale this summer. Unconfirmed reports claim that this device is the upcoming notch-less LG V35 ThinQ.
New Windows 10 preview build already available, features improved snipping and screenshot taking
Although the Windows 10 April 2018 Update (build 17134.1) still has to reach most users of Microsoft's operating system, the members of the Windows Insider Preview program can already take the build 17661 for a spin. Its highlights include an updated Snipping Tool and a new app for screenshots called Screen Sketch.
New Google Assistant features and actions coming to Wear OS
More than one year since the arrival of Google Assistant to smart wearables thanks to Google Wear 2.0, Wear OS receives a whole new set of features for smartwatch users. The highlights of this update include Google Assistant smart suggestions, spoken replies to queries, as well as more than one million actions.
The Dell XPS 15 9570 with Intel Core i5-8300H processor is now available starting at US$999.99
Less than two days after two more powerful XPS 15 9570 configurations were listed on the official Dell website, two cheaper variants join the lineup. Starting at US$999.99, these models come with 8 GB of memory and 8th generation Intel Core processors (i5-8300H with a 5400 rpm 1 TB hybrid drive and i7-8750H with a 256 MB PCIe SSD).
The Oath bloatware is coming soon to Samsung Galaxy S9 handsets on Verizon
All Verizon Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ handsets will soon be pre-loaded with the following Oath apps: Newsroom, Yahoo Finance, Yahoo Sports, and Go90. Although the financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed, it has been revealed that Samsung and Oath will share the ad revenue generated by the aforementioned apps.
Action Launcher 35 arrives with Android P looks and features
Chris Lacy's Action Launcher app has reached version 35 and, although Android P is still a few months away, this launcher comes with a dock and search bar inspired by the upcoming major iteration of Google's mobile operating system. Obviously, those who are not happy with the new looks can still use the old versions.
Samsung intros the 16 MP ISOCELL Slim 3P9 image sensor
The 16 MP ISOCELL Slim 3P9 camera by Samsung is a solution for mid-range devices and, thanks to the Tetracell technology, its 1 μm sensor can act as a 2 μm unit by merging four neighboring pixels. This way, the next-gen front-facing cameras can take better pictures in low light scenarios.
Facebook's smart speakers coming in October
The recent Cambridge Analytica scandal forced Facebook to delay the launch of its first smart speakers, which are now scheduled to arrive in October, loaded with the Facebook M artificial intelligence software solution. These smart home accessories were initially scheduled to arrive in July.
The Coolpad Note 6 Android smartphone launches exclusively offline in India
Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor, the new Coolpad Note 6 smartphone has a 5.5-inch display, 4 GB RAM, and comes with either 32 GB or 64 GB internal storage. Sadly, it only comes with Android 7.1 Nougat onboard, but the starting price of around US$135 should make up for that, at least partially.
Iran joins Russia as the second country to ban Telegram
It looks like a certain type of governments does not like Telegram at all since Iran is now banning the popular encrypted messaging service that was recently taken down in Russia. Telegram has about 40 million users in Iran and has been apparently used to organize the protests that took place back in January.
Samsung leading the premium segment of the Indian smartphone market
Although Xiaomi might be leading the Indian smartphone market when it comes to the totals, things look quite different in the premium area. Here, Samsung leads with a 29 percent share, followed by OnePlus and Apple. However, the best-selling premium handset seems to be the OnePlus 5T, which accounts for 25 percent in this small niche.
Tablet shipments to hit a new low in Q2 2018
Global tablet shipments are expected to drop to a little more than 31 million units in the second quarter of this year, reveals DigiTimes. This all-time low comes one year after the market bottomed at 33 million units (in the first quarter of 2017). However, the market is expected to bounce back a bit later this year thanks to the introduction of the new Apple iPad Pro and the Amazon Prime Day.
The downvote button now tested by some Facebook users in Australia and New Zealand
The testing of the downvote button continues with a limited number of Facebook users, but now this feature rolls out to those in Australia and New Zealand. Just as before, this button allows the users to provide feedback about the comments on public posts, so the dislike button remains nothing more but a wish that Facebook continues to ignore for the time being.
The Windows 10 April 2018 Update now rolling out
The new update for Windows 10 brings the build number up to 17134.1 and includes a large number of noticeable changes, as well as a few completely new features. The essentials include Timeline, Nearby Sharing, Edge Extensions in the Microsoft Store, Focus Assist, an improved Game Bar, and much more.
Sony confirms 120 Hz display mode support for the XZ Premium
Although the Xperia XZ Premium supports video decoding at 120 Hz, Sony has chosen to "to strike a balance between power consumption and consumer benefit" and so this display mode has been disabled to ensure an increased autonomy for this handset. In addition to the XZ Premium, it seems that other Xperia handsets have this hidden setting as well.
LG Watch Timepiece hybrid watch apparently coming in June
According to an exclusive report that recently surfaced online, the LG Watch Timepiece runs Wear OS and combines a quartz movement watch with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 2100-powered smart module that features a circular 1.2-inch LCD display with a resolution of 360 x 360 pixels. This wearable could be announced this week and might hit the market in June.
Full Samsung Galaxy A6 and Galaxy A6+ specs list revealed
The upcoming Samsung Galaxy A6 and Galaxy A6+ come with mid-range specs and feature a flat Infinity Display panel. Out of the two, the A6+ is the only one with a dual camera setup on the back and a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. Their official release should take place in early May.
Next-gen MacBook Pro rumored to arrive in 2019 with up to 32 GB RAM
It seems that the delay of the 10 nm Intel Cannon Lake processors and the current pricing of 32 GB memory modules compatible with Apple's requirements are both pushing the launch of the next-gen MacBook Pro to 2019. Two years ago, Apple was afraid that 32 GB of memory would require a different design with reduced battery space, but those fears are gone now.
LG G7 ThinQ to feature a built-in Boombox Speaker
LG has just revealed that the upcoming G7 ThinQ flagship will feature a "Boombox Speaker" that packs a resonance chamber which allows it to provide 6 dB higher base sound levels and twice the amount of bass that the brand's existing flagships can deliver. The G7 ThinQ will also feature a HiFi Quad DAC and DTS:X 3D Surround Sound.
AMD 7 nm Vega 20 benchmark results surface online
Shortly after finding out that AMD is working on 7 nm Vega 20 GPUs, the alleged benchmark results for this upcoming product were spotted in the 3DMark 11 database. According to the listing, the Vega 20 with 32 GB of HBM2 memory clocked at 1.25 GHz is about 70 percent faster per clock than the RX Vega 64 Liquid.
The LG Q Note phablet with stylus support might be in the works
Although similar rumors that we heard in the past did not come to fruition, this time we might finally get an LG flagship phablet with stylus support. For now, the only certain thing is that LG has registered the Q Note trademark in South Korea earlier this month, so the upcoming LG Q7 flagship might not launch alone.
Unannounced AMD processors spotted online, including the 12-core Threadripper 2920X and 16-core Threadripper 2950X
The AMD processors that will probably hit the market soon were recently spotted in the official product master list available on AMD.com. In addition to the dual-core and quad-core desktop and mobile Ryzen processors, there are also three Threadrippers: the octa-core 2900X, the 12-core 2920X, and the 16-core 2950X.
Frank Azor: The Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 (9575) was delayed due to the the mag lev keyboard
Although the new XPS 15 2-in-1 (9575) was supposed to begin shipping more than a week ago, Frank Azor has just confirmed that many early adopters still have to receive their machines due to a delay that has been caused by "a small bad batch of the Mag lev keyboard." Even more, the i9 processor upgrade for the XPS 15 9570 is not available yet but will be added on May 10.
Windows 10 April 2018 Update coming next week
The Windows 10 April 2018 update is scheduled to begin its rollout on April 30. Its list of new features includes better voice recognition, Timeline to easily retrieve your content across devices, Focus Assist to get things done without distractions, various Microsoft Edge improvements, and more.
Snapchat's second-generation Spectacles camera glasses are waterproof, already available for US$150
The second-generation Spectacles camera glasses by Snapchat no longer feature a yellow ring that alerts people and can also shoot images, not just video. Capable of shooting underwater, this new accessory also comes with faster syncing, a slimmer frame and charging case, prescription options, and a price of US$149.99.
Samsung is the most popular forbidden smartphone brand in North Korea
Although there are supposed to be no Samsung phones in North Korea and the country is well-known as a totalitarian dictatorship, smuggled Samsung smartphones are very popular in the country. According to a South Korean news outlet, the number of mobile subscribers in North Korea reached 5 million this year.
Apple iTunes hits the Microsoft Store
Although it was initially supposed to become available via the Microsoft Store before the end of 2017, Apple needed some additional to make iTunes ready for the Windows platform. When installing from the Microsoft Store, the iTunes app removes its desktop variant — if installed already — and uses its settings.
Amazon bumping Prime subscription fee from US$99 to US$119
The annual Amazon Prime fee will rise to US$119 in two weeks. The annual subscription cost for this service of US$99 has been around since 2014 when Amazon had increased it from the initial value of US$79. However, the benefits of a Prime membership now include ad-free movies, Kindle eBook loans, and even in-car delivery.
The updated Alcatel A3 Android tablet coming to India next month
The new Alcatel A3 10 Android tablet has the same US$149 price tag of last year's model and features an IPS display, 4G LTE, a quad-core MediaTek processor, 3 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage, as well as a 4,600 mAh battery. Sadly, this slate will ship with Android 7.0 Nougat onboard and there is little hope for an Oreo update.
First Android Go phone by Samsung apparently spotted on Geekbench
The Samsung handset that surfaced on Geekbench using the SM-J260G model name is expected to hit the market as the Galaxy J2 Core, the brand's first Android Go-driven device. Although nothing is official for now, we expect to see this smartphone launching in the coming weeks.
Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 might feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor
The successor of the Xiaomi Mi Pad 3 tablet is expected to become the first slate of this popular Chinese brand to use a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, although it might take a while for it to finally reach the market. According to XDA Developers, the Snapdragon 660 is the chip that will power the Mi Pad 4.
Leaked iPhone SE 2 pics reveal a headphone jack
Although we recently heard that the upcoming iPhone SE 2 would drop the audio jack, a set of leaked images shows that the refreshed version of Apple's compact handset will keep this traditional jack around. These photos also reveal a design with a glass back, apparently inspired by the classic iPhone 5.
Google launches the Tasks mobile productivity app
Freely available for both Android and iOS devices, the brand-new Google Tasks mobile app simply provides another way of adding tasks from the other G Suite apps without using the task management features of Google Calendar or Gmail. For now, this app is quite basic and lacks many of the features found in products like Evernote, Todoist, or Google Keep.
The Iceberg is back: ZTE patents a dual-notch handset
The ZTE Iceberg concept that surfaced on the iF World Design Guide might have seemed nothing more but another over-the-top design, but now a patent showing a similar device has been spotted online. Now, it only remains to see if ZTE can still launch a dual-notch phone, since the Chinese company has been sailing some rough waters lately.
Asus Chromebox 3 now available for pre-order
Unveiled back at CES 2018, the Intel Kaby Lake-powered Asus Chromebox 3 is now available for pre-order via TigerDirect and NextWarehouse. Although it is also listed as out of stock and there is no release date public yet, those interested can place their orders to be sure they get their devices as soon as they become available.
Opera Touch is a new mobile browser optimized for one-handed use
Opera Touch is a new mobile browser from Opera Software that is only available for Android now, but an iOS version will arrive later this year as well. Its main highlight is Flow, a feature that syncs the desktop Opera browser with Opera Touch without requiring logins or authentication.
Panasonic intros the Toughpad FZ-M1 rugged tablet with Intel RealSense 3D camera
Unveiled back at MWC 2018, the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 is now available in Europe starting at the equivalent of over US$2,500 (without taxes). The highlights of this rugged Windows 10 Pro tablet with a fanless design include a sunlight readable display, FLIR and 3D imaging, and many hardware options to choose from.
Dell Precision 5530 business version of the XPS 9570 now official, Quadro P1000/P2000 graphics in tow
Available in Platinum Silver and Brushed Onyx, the 15.6-inch Dell Precision 5530 is the brand's smallest mobile workstation. Its comprehensive list of hardware options includes 8th generation Intel Core i5, i7, and i9 processors, two IGZO 4 displays, NVIDIA Quadro P2000 graphics, as well as up to 32 GB of 2,666 MHz memory.
Dell Precision 5530 2-in-1 is a business version of the XPS 9575, but with Radeon Pro WX graphics
The new Dell Precision 5530 2-in-1 is a less powerful — but convertible — sibling of the 15.6-inch Precision 5530 mobile workstation. Its specs are similar to those of the Dell XPS 9575, but this mobile workstation features Radeon Pro WX Vega M GL graphics and is scheduled to hit the market in July/August.
LG V30 gets ThinQ support
Just as promised, LG has issued a software update that brings the ThinQ set of artificial intelligence-driven photo capabilities to the LG V30 flagship. In addition to these features, the new software also includes a new startup screen, various improvements under the hood, and the security patch dated on March 1, 2018.
No more support for Microsoft Teams, Yammer and Skype for Business on Windows Phone starting next month
Although Skype for Business will remain alive and well on the iOS and Android handsets, as well as on Mac and Windows desktops, Microsoft decided to stop supporting it on Windows Phone. In addition to it, Microsoft Teams and Yammer for Windows-driven handsets will no longer be supported starting next month as well.
SmugMug acquires Flickr
In an email to the users, Flickr unveiled that it was acquired by the photography platform for visual storytellers SmugMug. Those who choose not to delete their accounts by May 25, 2018, will have all their content transferred to SmugMug. The others must download their photos/videos and delete their accounts by then.
Avira's Privacy Pal gives you more control over your personal data
Released last week, Avira's free Privacy Pal tool for Windows focuses on providing the user with a more precise level of control over the personal data collected and sent away by the web browsers and other apps. In addition to cookie, cache, or web history clearing, this app can also remove Skype chat logs or stop Cortana from tracking your location.
Mid-range LG Stylo 4 phablet with stylus allegedly in the works
Almost one month after the release of the LG Stylo 3, we hear that the LG Stylo 4 is in the making. Sadly, the insiders who talked about it only mentioned that it will hit the US via Cricket Wireless, without saying anything about the specs and features of this upcoming mid-range Android phablet.
The OnePlus 6 to be most expensive OnePlus phone so far, could launch on May 18
Although the upcoming OnePlus 6 flagship has no official launch date or price yet, both have been revealed in India. Last Thursday, MoneyControl published an article about this topic that was removed shortly after going online. According to it, the OnePlus 6 will launch on May 18 and will have a price of around US$602.
Google Photos gets new video editing tools and a white color scheme
Although it still does not feature filters and themes or the ability to add text, the movie editor inside Google Photos has just received a new interface with a white color scheme, as well as new controls and commands that aim to improve the video editing capabilities of this popular app.
AMD launches low-power Ryzen 3 2200GE and Ryzen 5 2400GE with Vega graphics
The AMD Ryzen 5 2400GE and Ryzen 3 2200GE are available with the same number of cores and threads as the 2400G and 2200G, but with a lower TDP of just 35 W. Other than the lowered frequencies and TDP, the new chips feature the same Vega 11 (2400GE) and Vega 8 (2200GE) iGPUs as their predecessors.
The Microsoft Store only sells Android smartphones
The last two Windows 10 Mobile handset available in the Microsoft Store, namely the HP Elite x3 and the Alcatel Idol 4S, are no longer in stock. This can be considered the final nail in the coffin of Windows for smartphones and phablets since no other such devices are expected to launch anytime soon.
Motorola launches the Moto G6, G6 Play, and G6 Plus in Brazil
The Moto G6 lineup is now official and consists of the 3 handsets mentioned by multiple leaks and rumors in the last few months: the Moto G6, Moto G6 Play, and the Moto G6 Plus. The new Moto smartphones come with Oreo out of the box, Qualcomm Snapdragon processors, as well as multiple AI features.
A new gaming smartphone hits the market: the ZTE Nubia Red Magic is here
The ZTE Nubia Red Magic joins the Razer Phone and Xiaomi's Black Shark gaming smartphones, but it is powered by the older Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor and has a 6-inch 1080p 2:1 display. Fortunately, it features 8 GB of memory, 128 GB UFS 2.1 internal storage, and will be available for pre-order via Indiegog for just US$399 starting next week.
Windows Defender now available as an extension for the Chrome browser
Available as a standalone antispyware program for Windows XP, Windows Defender shipped with Visa and Windows 7, then it replaced Microsoft Security Essentials as a full antivirus solution since Windows 8. Now, the time has come for it to protect those using the popular Chrome browser, as an extension.
PUBG Mobile for Android gets Arcade Mode with the 0.4.0 update
The very popular Battle Royale game, PUBG Mobile, has just received an update that brings its version number up to 0.4.0. In addition to the Dusk setting and the Training Grounds area, the update also comes with Arcade Mode, which supports 28 players and six variations: Shotguns, Sniper Rifles, All Weapons, Melee Only, Pistols and Item Heaven.
Microsoft Translator gets AI-driven offline language packs on Android, iOS, and Amazon Fire
Thanks to the optimizations done in the last few months, the Microsoft Translator app can now use AI-powered offline translation packs without the need of a processor with hardware-accelerated AI capabilities. The new packs are 23 percent better and 50 percent smaller than their non-AI predecessors.
Unfoldable Samsung Galaxy S10 to feature a 3D camera and an in-display fingerprint reader
The upcoming Samsung Galaxy S flagship, although still many months ahead of us, is rumored to lack a foldable display. On the other hand, this handset is expected to feature a 3D camera, as well as an Infinity display similar to those that Samsung already used for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S8 handsets.
The best LG G7 ThinQ render so far shows up online
The render of the upcoming — and officially confirmed — LG G7 ThinQ Android flagship reveals a thick metal frame similar to that of the LG G6, a display with curved corners, as well as a rather wide notch at the top. All the details should be official in less than a month since the launch event will take place on May 2.
Lenovo Air 2018 and Lenovo 7000 laptops hit China, 8th generation Intel processors in tow
The new Lenovo Air 2018 has a 15.6-inch display, an 82.7 percent screen-to-body ratio, and starts at US$923. The Lenovo 7000 has a 14-inch display, an 80.8 percent screen-to-body ratio, and the same starting price as its sibling. Both feature 8th generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processor choices, as well as the NVIDIA GeForce MX150 GPU.
Microsoft launches Azure Sphere, its first product with a custom Linux kernel
Although Microsoft's former CEO, Steve Ballmer, called it a few years ago nothing less than "a cancer," Linux is now at the core of an IoT solution that comes from Redmond. Azure Sphere includes microcontrollers, a cloud-based security service, and an operating system that includes a custom Linux kernel.
Asus might hit the gaming smartphone niche soon
After Razer and Xiaomi, Asus could become the third big brand to hop on the gaming smartphone bandwagon. The rumor has been around for a while, but the device did not arrive at MWC 2018 as mentioned. Now, the company's CEO Jerry Shen also confirmed that a gaming phone by Asus can be expected, but did not reveal any details.
OnePlus 5T gets iPhone X-like navigation gestures
Introduced with the OxygenOS Open Beta all the way back in January, the new gesture-based navigation system for the OnePlus 5T is now available for everyone thanks to the OxygenOS 5.1.0 update. Once this feature is enabled, the navigation buttons are hidden, and the user needs to swipe the display for Home, Back, and Recent Apps.
Samsung's rugged Galaxy Xcover 5 shows up online
Although there is no official announcement yet and last year's Galaxy Xcover 4 was only released in Europe and Canada, a Galaxy Xcover 5 was recently discovered on Samsung New Zealand's website. Since the webpage was taken down in the meantime, it is rather safe to assume that it was all an accident and this rugged phone will be unveiled soon.
LG Fortune 2 hits Cricket Wireless priced at just US$99.99
The 5-inch LG Fortune 2 comes about one year after the introduction of the Android Marshmallow-driven LG Fortune and provides more than enough for a backup device. Its list of specs and features includes a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage, an 8 MP main camera, and runs Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box.
The Razer Phone gets Android 8.1 Oreo stable
The Android 8.1 Oreo OTA update for the Razer Phone has started its rollout earlier today. Its list of features includes multiple optimizations, an improved visual layout, as well as the latest security patches and bug fixes. The update rolls out in stages and all Razer Phone users should get the new firmware within the coming weeks.
Moto G6 Plus hits Geekbench, Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 in tow
Although most leaks and rumors that we heard so far mentioned a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 as the heart of the upcoming Moto G6 Plus handset, this mobile device features in fact the Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 chip, which is listed by Geekbench as a Snapdragon 660 due to a bug. Other features apparently include 4 GB RAM and a 5.93-inch display.
Android Oreo stable hits Nokia 3 in India, the Night Light feature is now gone
Although the stable Android Oreo firmware for the Nokia 3 smartphone brings a faster boot time, autofill, picture-in-picture mode, Instant Apps, Google Play Protect, and the April security patch, it also takes away a feature that was present in the latest beta, namely the Night Light mode.
Next-gen Nintendo Switch might pack multi-display features
A patent that is over one-year old reveals what appears to be a Switch tablet without the controllers, but it can also show a way to play games on more than a single display, similar to the Sifteo Cubes "intelligent game system" which has been discontinued more than three years ago.
Confidential Mode coming soon to Gmail
The upcoming Gmail design update aims to bring the desktop user experience closer to that provided by the email service on mobile devices. The list of features currently being tested includes smart replies, snooze, a new sidebar, as well as a special mode that stops email recipients from forwarding certain emails.
Russian authorities ban Telegram
Less than a month since it managed to reach 200 million users within a 30-day period, Telegram Messenger has to take a serious blow as the Russian authorities decide to ban its use in the country. The reason for this decision is the company's unwillingness to provide the keys required by the Federal Security Service to decrypt the users' messages.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 425-powered Vivo Y71 hits India tomorrow
The new Vivo Y71 phablet has a generous 6-inch display and features a low-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor, 3 GB RAM, just 16 GB internal storage (expandable thanks to a microSD slot), as well as a single 13 MP camera on the back and a 5 MP selfie shooter. However, it also comes at a price of around US$168.
ZTE Nubia Z18 Mini debuts in China with a 5.7-inch display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor
Although it is not a compact handset, the new ZTE Nubia Z18 also carries the "Mini" attribute. This 5.7-inch handset is powered by the Snapdragon 660 processor, next to 6 GB RAM, as well as 64 GB or 128 GB internal storage. Sadly, it is only available in China for now, where it can be acquired for the equivalent of US$285 or US$335 (depending on the amount of storage).
The Xiaomi Mi 6X hits China on April 25, international variant might be the Mi A2
The successors of the Xiaomi Mi 5X and its Android One variant known as the Xiaomi Mi A1 will soon be unveiled in China. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 626-powered Xiaomi Mi 6X is expected to be unveiled on April 25 with MIUI onboard, while the Android One variant will hit the market as the Xiaomi Mi A2.
Alleged Samsung Galaxy S9 Mini hits TENAA, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 in tow
Not long after a Samsung device with the model number SM-G8750 surfaced on Geekbench with a Snapdragon 660 onboard, the SM-G8850 hits TENAA with a Snapdragon 845 inside. Nothing is official yet, but insiders familiar with this matter claim that the handset should be unveiled in the coming weeks.
The Avengers-themed OnePlus 6 is coming
A video that was briefly present on the Facebook page of OnePlus India reveals that Marvel Studios will team up with the Chinese brand for an Avengers-themed limited edition of the upcoming OnePlus 6 flagships. The video has been removed shortly after being posted, apparently because it was a test video that should not have been shared online.
Instagram discontinues its Apple Watch app
After big names like Amazon, eBay, and Twitter discontinued their apps for Apple Watch, the time has come for Instagram to do the same. The Instagram app for Apple's wearable will no longer provide a standalone experience once users upgrade to version 39 on iOS, and it will be replaced by various notifications.
Alleged Samsung Galaxy S9 Mini with Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 onboard hits Geekbench
The handset that is believed to be the compact (and less potent) version of the Samsung Galaxy S9 flagship has just been spotted on Geekbench, where it is listed under the model number SM-G8750. This handset is rumored to be currently tested in China and features 4 GB RAM and a mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor.
Mid-range Google Pixel phone could finally arrive this summer
Although Google is currently involved in lower-cost initiatives like Android Go and Android One, the Google Pixel smartphones and phablets released so far always targeted the top tier of the market. However, the company is now planning to adjust its strategy in some markets like India, where a mid-range Pixel phone is expected to launch by the summer's end.
New Moto Z3 Play renders surface online with a side-mounted fingerprint reader
While the Moto Z3 Play renders that have just surfaced online show a handset with a side-mounted fingerprint reader, as well as a dual-camera setup and the contacts for Moto Mods on the back, the recent FCC listing reveals a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor, 4 GB RAM, and 32 GB or 64 GB internal storage.
The LG G7 could feature a dedicated AI button and f/1.5 aperture
A new exclusive report about LG's next-gen flagship — which might not hit the market as the LG G7 after all — reveals that this handset will feature a dedicated AI button and a rear camera with f/1.5 aperture (obviously, a dual camera setup). If the rumor turns out to be true, this device will be unveiled by the end of the month.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 phablet is finally receiving Android Oreo on T-Mobile
After a rather long wait, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 phablet owners on T-Mobile can finally enjoy the benefits delivered by the Android Oreo update. Sadly, the release notes page has not been updated by T-Mobile yet, but the update is most likely based on Android 8.0, as it happens with the other Samsung flagships that recently received the update.
April Fools' Day 2018: Nokia 2010 remake allegedly in the works
Not long after HMD Global managed to bring back two classic Nokia phones, namely the 3310 and the 8110, we hear that another iconic handset will be revived by the current owners of the Nokia brand. This is the Nokia 2010, a handset that was introduced in 1994 and is widely recognized as the first mobile phone that made it easy to write messages.
Samsung announces the Notebook 5 and Notebook 3 with 7th and 8th gen Intel Kaby Lake options
The new Samsung Notebook 5 and Notebook 3 come with 7th and 8th generation Intel Core i7 (quad-core models only) processor options, a dual storage system, as well as up to NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics options. Both notebooks are expected to hit South Korea later this month, and other markets will follow in Q2 2018.
Kickstarter project Arbtr aims to bring social networking back to the basics
If you are looking for a Facebook alternative, then Arbtr might be your thing. Returning to the basics of social networking, this Kickstarter project aims to create an "anti-feed" where users can share a single thing at a time. The project has just been posted and there are 30 days left to meet the US$32,551 goal.
Gaming Tribe to delete its Facebook page on the 4th of July
This seems serious, although there is a slim chance for it to be an April Fool's Day joke. However, the Facebook privacy-related scandal is not something to joke about, especially when an emerging targeted social network decides to delete its page which has an impressive number of 1.5 million fans.
Lenovo tablet with Dolby Atmos audio shows up at FCC
Since the Lenovo Tab 4 has been around for a while, the time seems right for a new Android slate from the Chinese brand. Sadly, the FCC arrival of the Dolby Atmos-certified Lenovo TB-8304F1 does not reveal anything else than its audio certification and the power input of just 5 V and 1 A, but many expect it to hit the market as the Lenovo Tab 5.
Google URL Shortener will be shut down on March 30, 2019
After being around for less than a decade, Google's URL shortener goo.gl — initially used for Feedburner and Google Toolbar — will go down in three stages. Support for it went down yesterday, from April 13 only existing users will be able to create short links, and the service is scheduled to go down for good on March 30, 2019.
April Fools' Day 2018: Gaijin Entertainment testing Silent Thunder
Although War Thunder has been around for more than 5 years, today its players can enjoy the experience of a sub commander for the first time. Although the "Silent Thunder" game mode is now only an April Fools' Day joke, it might also become a part of the game in the future, as it happened with last year's modern tanks.
Batterygate: Over 63,000 South Korean customers file a lawsuit against Apple
Although Apple also had some problems with inflated batteries lately, the class action lawsuit involving no less than 63,767 South Korean customers has been filed to seek damages because of the company's intentional CPU throttling on older models to increase their battery life. The amount Apple might pay is the equivalent of almost US$12 million.
Google Pixel 3 to feature a new Pixel Launcher search bar
The upcoming Google Pixel 3 flagship is expected to feature a new Pixel Launcher design, but some of the changes have been already discovered inside the APK file of the existing app by a senior member of the popular XDA Developers community. The tech giant is expected to show these changes in May, at this year's Google I/O 2018 developer conference.
Support for external graphics cards finally available in macOS
Although using an external GPU on a MacBook was possible in the past by booting up Windows on it, macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 finally brings native support for external graphics processors to Apple's operating system. This update also contains multiple minor tweaks and fixes, including a fix for the graphics corruption issues encountered in certain apps on the iMac Pro.
SteelSeries intros the Arctis Pro lineup of gaming headsets
The family of gaming headsets introduced by SteelSeries earlier this month includes the Arctis Pro + GameDAC, which is the first certified Hi-Res Audio headset in the gaming world, and the Arctis Pro Wireless. Their prices are US$249.99 and US$329.99, but those on a tight budget can also pick the Arctis Pro without the USB DAC for US$179.99.
Moto G6 and G6 Plus retail listings show up before the official launch
Although the official launch might still be a week or two ahead of us, a Hungarian online store has just published the product pages for the Moto G6 and G6 Plus, revealing all the details. According to it, both handsets feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 64 GB internal storage, and a main camera that combines a 12 MP sensor and a 5 MP one.
Warhammer Quest 2: The End Times coming to Android next month for US$4.99
Warhammer Quest 2 has been available on iOS devices for a while, and now this sequel to the original Warhammer Quest video game is finally heading for Android. Warhammer Quest 2: The End Times will hit Google Play on April 11, but it will not be free. Fortunately, the price tag does not read more than US$4.99.
ZTE Tempo Go now shipping in the US
Although the sub-US$200 market sector is quite crowded these days and there are a few capable handsets even around US$100, the ZTE Tempo Go tries to fight them with a price tag of just US$79.99. Sadly, this is nothing new, since the Tempo Go is only a ZTE Tempo X — a handset that arrived in late September 2017 — with Android Go onboard and a slightly different name.
FM radio support coming soon to the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+
Although Samsung and NextRadio announced earlier this year that all upcoming handsets of the South Korean brand to hit the US and Canada will feature FM radio support, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ came with a bug that disabled it. Now, Samsung has just confirmed that a fix for this problem is on the way, but only mentioned "in the next update" instead of an accurate date.
Audiobooks on Google Play now feature Bookmarks, Smart Resume, and more
About two months since audiobooks became available for download and listening via Google Play and the iTunes Store for the first time, an update aims to improve the user's experience by adding bookmarks and smart resume capabilities. In addition to them, the update also brings the Family Library feature to 13 new countries and refines the playback speed settings.
You can pre-order the Sony Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact for US$799 and US$649
Expected to hit Europe on April 5, the 5.7-inch Sony Xperia XZ2 and the 5-inch Xperia XZ2 Compact can be pre-ordered in the US from B&H Photo for US$799.99 and US$649.99. Both come with four color options: green, black, silver, and pink. Sadly, there is no information on their date of arrival for now.
Android 8.1 Oreo preview now available for the Razer Phone
Razer Phone users who feel adventurous enough can grab the Android 8.1 Oreo preview for their handset, but they should be aware that this build will not receive any OTA updates in the future. Sadly, to install it, the bootloader must be unlocked, and this action would render the warranty of the handset void.
Free-to-play mobile RPG Marvel Strike Force now available for Android and iOS
The new free-to-play mobile RPG by FoxNext Games, Marvel Strike Force, pits the player's team against the alien warlord Ultimus and his Kree soldiers, who allied themselves with Hydra and AIM. The list of playable Marvel characters includes Spider-Man, Groot, Loki, Elektra, Hulk, Doctor Strange, and many others.
The 5.7-inch Honor 7A leaks online with a 2:1 display and a micro USB port
The upcoming Honor 7A is expected to launch on April 2, since a few fresh reports revealed images of the media invites that Huawei's subsidiary has already sent out. Its specs and features are said to include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor, a 13 MP + 2 MP dual camera on the back, a 3,000 mAh battery, and EMUI 8.0 based on Android 8.0 Oreo on top.
Samsung SM-R800 wearable codenamed "Galileo" might debut later this year as the Gear S4
More than a year since the launch of a new flagship smartwatch, Samsung is on its way to bringing the Gear S4 at IFA. A recent unofficial report reveals that a wearable codenamed "Galileo" and bearing the SM-R800 model number is under development and will be released in the last quarter of this year.
Samsung starts building a US$7 billion chip line in China
Thanks to the increased demand of V-NAND memory chips from Chinese vendors, Samsung is building a second production line (valued at US$7 billion) in its factory located in Xi'an. The first line that started making NAND chips in 2014 now accounts for 20 percent of the brand's total production and will be soon expanded with additional investments.
Google acquires GIF search engine Tenor
Although the financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed, we know that Tenor will continue to operate under the same name "to help people visually express their thoughts and emotions." Earlier this year — less than four years since it brought GIFs to mobile messaging — Tenor managed to reach the 1.2 billion search requests per month milestone.
Amazon Kindle Lite for basic handsets and slow internet connections debuts in India
Although it was added to Google Play last year, Amazon Kindle Lite spend a few good months in the open beta stage. Now, this e-book reader app is finally out of testing, but only Google Play users in India can get it for the time being. Having less than 2 MB in size, this Android app is optimized for slow 2G/3G networks and low-end handsets, both very popular in India.
The Samsung Galaxy A6 and Galaxy A6+ coming later this year
According to a set of recently spotted benchmark listings, the Samsung Galaxy A6 is powered by the Exynos 7870 processor, while the Plus variant has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 under the hood. Both are expected to debut in Europe, Russia, and the Middle East in the coming months with Android Oreo onboard.
The Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS is the world's first 512 GB handset
In addition to the same camera configuration used by the Huawei P20 Pro (40 MP RGB, 20 MP monochrome, and 8 MP telephoto), the Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS features 256 GB or 512 GB internal storage, an in-display fingerprint reader, a curved 6-inch 2K touchscreen, and is the world's first microcapsule PCM-cooled handset. All these innovations also come with a price: more than US$2,000 for the 512 GB variant.
The Firefox Marketplace shuts down this Friday
Two years after it no longer supported Android, desktop, tablets, or payments of any kind, the Firefox Marketplace is ready to shut down for good. Those still using a Firefox OS-powered device have just 3 days left to download any apps they have removed for some reason but would like to keep around.
The LG K9 is just a rebranded LG K8 (2018)
The "new" LG K9 comes to Russia with Android 7.1 Nougat onboard, as well as the same specs as the K8 handset that was introduced alongside the LG K10 at MWC 2018. These specs include a 5-inch IPS 720p display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage, and a 2,500 mAh battery.
Nokia 7 Plus faces a brief delay, coming May 2 with free Google Home Mini
Unveiled at MWC 2018, the Nokia 7 Plus was expected to arrive in April. However, the launch date of this Qualcomm Snapdragon 660-powered handset has just been confirmed for May 2. Even more, those who buy the 7 Plus from Nokia's online store before the end of May will also get a free Google Home Mini smart speaker.
HTC's Vice President of Product Management, Mo Versi, has left the company
After spending 8 years with HTC and the last 4 of that period as the company's Vice President of Product Management, Mo Versi has left behind the troubled company that once controlled over 10 percent of the global smartphone market. Versi is known as the official source of Android update details for HTC customers and previously worked for T-Mobile and Samsung.
Casio unveils the Pro Trek Smart WSD-F20SC limited edition watch
One year after the introduction of the WSD-F20, Casio unveils the Pro Trek WSD-F20SC "adventure smartwatch" at the ongoing Baselworld 2018 trade show that focuses on wearable technology. Compared to its predecessor, the WSD-F20SC also comes with a sapphire crystal display that can easily handle scratches and bumps, as well as a durable Field Composite band.
HTC U12+ is the brand's only flagship to launch this year
Also known as the Imagine, HTC's upcoming U12+ will be the brand's next premium flagship. Sadly, this handset that is supposed to debut as a direct competitor for the Huawei Mate, Apple iPhone X, or the Samsung Galaxy Note will remain the only such device to be released by the Google-owned HTC this year.
The Moto G6 hits TENAA with Snapdragon 450 and a 3,000 mAh battery onboard
Using a similar design approach as the G5S Plus, the upcoming Moto G6 comes with a front-mounted fingerprint scanner, a dual camera on the back, but it also features a full HD+ 2:1 ratio display. As previously rumored, there is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor onboard, next to 3 GB or 4 GB RAM.
Mondaine Helvetica Regular hybrid smartwatch coming later this week
The Mondaine Helvetica Regular has just been unveiled in Basel and will hit the market by the end of the month for a price of around US$640. Compared to its predecessor, it features a smaller case and can receive notifications. Since it is not a regular smartwatch and has a limited set of features, the battery lasts for about two years.
Limited edition Huawei Porsche Design Mate RS might arrive tomorrow
Since Porsche Design and Huawei-related promo materials have been already spotted in Paris at the location where the P20 and P20 Pro will be unveiled tomorrow and the name of the upcoming Mate RS is no longer a secret, it only remains to see what hides under the hood of the new limited edition luxury device.
Exynos 7870-powered Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime 2 now official in India
Since the official product page that surfaced last week has not been removed yet, it is safe to say that the Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime 2 is now official in India. Although this Exynos 7870-powered 5.5-inch Android handset has no launch date or price yet, we expect to get these missing pieces of information in a few days.
Telegram hits 200 million active monthly users
The instant messaging app created by the founder of the social networking site VK continues to grow, although it still has a long road ahead until it can challenge Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp. Telegram Messenger was used by 200 million people within the 30 days for the first time — as many users as the population of the sixth-largest country in the world.
Google Files Go gets search capabilities, Google Photos support
The latest version of Google's light file manager brings improved file search capabilities and Google Photos integration, so now the user can easily remove photos that have been already backed up. In addition to the above, Google Files Go 1.0.189786363 also provides improved notifications and shows the location of the duplicates upon removal.
First foldable iPhone could arrive in 2020
Although the next-gen iPhone flagships are not expected to feature any major changes in terms of design, insiders familiar with the inner workings of the Cupertino-based giant claim that Apple is currently working on a foldable smartphone that could also be used as a tablet and this device will hit the market in 2020.
The 6-inch BLU Vivo XL3 Plus debuts with 16 MP selfie camera and Snapdragon 425 in tow
Earlier this week, BLU Products silently introduced the Vivo XL3 Plus and, unlike the 5.5-inch Vivo XL 3 which features a MediaTek processor and a dual camera setup, this 6-inch handset comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor and a single camera on the back. Sadly, it only comes loaded with Android Nougat.
Samsung Pay lands in Italy, now available in 21 markets worldwide
Having received the "Best Mobile Innovation for Payment" award at the annual Global Mobile Awards (GLOMO Awards) earlier this year, Samsung Pay has just reached Italy. This mobile payment service works with quite a few Samsung devices, including the new Galaxy S9/S9+ flagships.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625-powered ZTE Nubia V18 phablet debuts in China
With a price of around US$205, the new 6-inch ZTE Nubia V18 is powered by the ubiquitous Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 mid-range processor. It also features 4 GB RAM, 64 GB internal storage, and a 4,000 mAh battery. Sadly, it does not come with Oreo onboard, running Nougat with Nubia UI 5.1 on top instead.
The Exynos 7 9610 processor coming later this year with deep learning and faster image processing
The new Exynos 7 9610 SoC consists of four Cortex-A73 cores, four Cortex-A53 cores, and a Mali-G72 GPU that supports 480 fps full HD recording and video encoding/decoding up to 4K 120 fps. According to Samsung, this new chip for mobile devices will enter the mass production stage in the second half of this year.
CTL intros three new NL7 Chromebooks for education
The three new CTL NL7 Chromebooks feature a rugged design and use Intel Apollo Lake processors up to the quad-core Intel Celeron N3450. The cheapest model starts at US$229, while the Wacom pen-enabled one has a price tag that reads US$329. All of them will hit the education market next month.
Sea of Thieves hits Windows 10 PCs and Xbox One consoles as scheduled
More than a year since the first Technical Alpha test that involved 1,000 players, Sea of Thieves is finally available for everyone to play. This game is available globally for Windows 10 PCs and Xbox One consoles for a price tag of US$59.99, but it can also be acquired as a part of various bundles.
QNAP launches the AMD-powered TS-x73 NAS lineup
The AMD RX-412ND-powered QNAP TS-x73 lineup targets small businesses and power users, featuring 4, 6, and 8 drive bays. In addition to the aforementioned processor and 4 GB or 8 GB of memory, its list of features also includes 2 PCIe Gen3 x4 slots for increased flexibility, 4 USB 3.0 ports, and 4 Gigabit LAN ports.
Windows Server 2019 Preview now available
Scheduled to be generally available in the second half of this year, Windows Server 2019 is now accessible via Microsoft's Insiders program in a Preview stage. This operating system is based on the foundation of Windows Server 2016 and is expected to have the same licensing model as its predecessor.
World of Tanks 1.0 goes live today with a whole new graphics engine, reworked maps, and more
Officially released in English back in mid-April 2011, World of Tanks received many updates in the years that followed, but now it finally gets a whole new graphics engine with support for DirectX 11 features such as tessellation, remastered in-game music and improved sounds, a new garage, and more.
Last month's security patch finally available for the Xiaomi Mi A1 in Europe
Although Xiaomi released Android 8.0 Oreo for the Mi A1 handset before the end of 2017 as they previously had promised, the first security patch of the new year arrives with a long delay. Even worse, the new firmware does not bring Android 8.1 or the latest security patch from Google, only packing last month's update and nothing else.
Telegram ordered to hand over user encryption keys by Russian authorities
Since Vladimir Putin will be in charge for a few more years, it looks like Telegram might end up being blocked in Russia. A set of laws introduced back in 2016 required Telegram to give the government a way to decrypt all user conversations, and they received a fine of US$14,000 for failing to do so. Now, Telegram users in Russia should prepare for the worst.
Subway Surfers becomes the first game to hit 1 billion downloads
Unleashed by SYBO and Kiloo back in May 2012, Subway Surfers managed to break the 400 million downloads barrier last year, thus becoming the most downloaded game of 2017 worldwide. Earlier this month, it also reached the 1 billion downloads milestone, so now this title is the most downloaded game on Google Play.
100 TB: Nimbus Data launches the world's largest SSD drive
Just one month and a few days after the introduction of Samsung's 30 TB SSD, Nimbus Data pushes the size of the world's largest such drive to the impressive value of 100 TB. Compared to the previous owner of the crown, the new king of the storage market draws 85 percent less power per TB and has a 42 percent lower total cost of ownership per TB. The 100 TB model will be accompanied by a 50 TB one and both will be available this summer.
The Galaxy S9 lineup is having a hard time in South Korea
Although the Samsung Galaxy S9 and the dual-camera Galaxy S9+ were well received globally, the latter even being crowned as ruler of the mobile photography kingdom by DxOMark, these two flagships only got a lukewarm response in South Korea. For many retailers, the most recent best seller is the Samsung Galaxy A8, mainly thanks to its dual front cameras and its very good value overall.
Verizon intros the LG Zone 4 phone with Snapdragon 425 and HDR support
The latest result of the collaboration between LG and Verizon Wireless is the LG Zone 4 low-end Android smartphone. The highlights of this handset include a 5-inch HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage and microSD support up to 2 TB, WiFi calling and HD voice, all with Android 7.1.2 Nougat on top. The (very) budget-friendly price tag reads only US$114.99.
5.5-inch BLU Vivo XL 3 hits Amazon with Android Oreo onboard
One month after the Android Nougat-driven BLU Vivo X got listed on Amazon, the US-based company BLU Products is back with a 5.5-inch handset that runs Android Oreo out of the box. The BLU Vivo XL 3 has a 2:1 ratio display, a single 13 MP camera on the back, 3 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage, and uses a quad-core MediaTek MT6737 processor. Its price tag reads US$189.99.
Fitbit OS 2.0 rolls out to Fitbit Ionic wearables with Deezer support, new gestures, and more
Last week, Fitbit started to roll out the firmware version 18.104.22.168 to the Fitbit Ionic smart wearables. This update is based on Fitbit OS 2.0 and includes Fitbit Today, described as "an updated on-device dashboard that keeps you informed about all of your health and fitness data," support for Deezer playlists, a new set of control gestures, various changes to the interface, and more.
Apple confirms March 27 event, we should get ready for new iPads
The official invite that Apple has recently sent out contains the headline "Let's take a field trip." and the location of the March 27 event makes it all clear. The new Apple products will be unveiled at the Lane Tech College Prep High School, the rumors about them including new iPads (models with an OLED display and/or cheaper ones), VR gear, a new Apple Pencil, and even a preview of the upcoming iOS 12 update.
Alcatel 1X and 3V coming to the US in the coming months
Introduced back in February during MWC 2018 alongside the Alcatel 3, 3X, and 5, the Android Go-powered Alcatel 1X and the 6-inch Alcatel 3V with a dual camera setup are both ready for the US market. Although the prices and launch dates are not official yet, we know that the US version of the Alcatel 1X sports a fingerprint reader and will start below the US$100 mark.
Mobile gaming increased its lead in 2017
Although mobile gaming managed to leave both consoles and PCs/Macs behind for the first time in 2014, its position strengthened ever since and the figures for 2017 show that there is no turning back now. According to the latest report by App Annie and IDC, mobile game spending was 2.3 times higher than PC/Mac game spending and 3.6 times higher than the amount of money console gamers had spent during the same period.
SwiftKey 7.0 for Android launches with new languages, make-your-own-sticker, and a new toolbar
The new Swiftkey 7.0 virtual keyboard app for Android devices is rolling out right now, bringing quite a few new languages to the list of well over 200 which are already supported, the ability to create your own stickers by adding camera roll photos and other elements without leaving the app, as well as a completely new toolbar which provides quick access to all its capabilities.
T-Mobile finally gets the Motorola Moto E4
Although the Moto E4 has been around since last July and Verizon Wireless has been selling it ever since for just US$69.99, T-Mobile decided to add this 5-inch Android Nougat smartphone to its portfolio now instead of waiting for the Moto E5. However, the full retail price they charge is US$175. Fortunately, T-Mobile customers can also go with a US$7 down payment, followed by 24 monthly payments of US$7 each.
Huawei Y7 (2018) renders surface online
Shortly after seeing the Huawei Y9 (2018) launch in Thailand, an unofficial render of the next-gen Huawei Y7 surfaced online. This mid-range Android handset is rumored to feature a 5.5-inch display with 2,160 x 1,080 pixels, a single 13 MP photo shooter on the back, a fingerprint reader, and a traditional 3.5 mm audio jack. Its specs might also include 2 GB RAM, 16 GB storage, and a Snapdragon 435 processor (or similar).
Honor 7C now official in China with Snapdragon 450 and dual cameras in tow
Although the rest of the world has to wait for it, the 5.99-inch Honor 7C has just been introduced in China. The specs of this handset also include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor, 3 GB or 4 GB RAM, a dual camera setup on the back, as well as Android Oreo-based firmware with Huawei's EMUI 8.0 on top. Those interested can purchase it in China already, where the list of color choices includes blue, black, gold, and red.
OPPO F7 coming with a notch on March 26
OPPO F7, the successor of the OPPO F5 lineup, will be unveiled on March 26. Although most technical details are still to be revealed, we know of the 6.2-inch display with a rather strange resolution of 2,280 x 1,080 pixels and its notch similar to that of the Apple iPhone X. This phablet also comes with a 25 MP selfie shooter that features HDR and AR capabilities, as well as AI Beauty 2.0 beautification.
Sony Xperia R1 and R1 Plus receive Android Oreo
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 430-powered Sony Xperia R1 and R1 Plus are two budget-friendly handsets that remain exclusively available in India for now, being launched back in November 2017. Back then, both arrived with Android 7.1 Nougat onboard. Although the update to Oreo has been announced by Sony Xperia India on Twitter, there is no official information about the build number and the security patch date available yet.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625-powered Samsung Galaxy J8+ (2018) hits Geekbench
Although the upcoming Galaxy J-series handsets are rumored to feature Samsung Exynos processors, the Samsung SM-J805G device — believed to be the Galaxy J8+ (2018) — surfaced online with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 under the hood, 4 GB of memory, and Android 8.0 Oreo. Sadly, other details are not available right now, but we will probably hear more about the Galaxy J8+ (2018) in the coming weeks.
Apple handsets bounce back in Australia
Mostly thanks to the release of the iPhone X in November, iOS handsets managed to grab the first spot in Australia during the last quarter of 2017. During the given period, Apple shipped 1.76 million handsets in Australia, which accounted for a market share of 56.2 percent. On the other hand, 1.37 million Android handsets managed to reach the continent in the final quarter of last year, grabbing 43.8 percent of the market.
Google Android Wear to become Wear OS later this year
If the latest rumors turn into reality, Android Wear will change its name around 4 years after its release. In addition to the new name, Google's upcoming Wear OS should also feature a new, colorful logo similar to the one currently used by Google Assistant. However, this change was spotted in the latest 12.5 beta for Play Services, so nothing is official yet, but we will probably see it happening in May at Google I/O.
Huawei Y9 (2018) hits Thailand, closely related to the Mate 10 Lite and Honor 9 Lite
The new Huawei Y9 (2018) that was unveiled in Thailand shares many specs and features with the existing Mate 10 Lite and Honor 9 Lite. Its main selling points are the large 2:1 IPS display, the four cameras, and the capable HiSilicon Kirin 659 mid-range processor. Powered by a generous 4,000 mAh battery and loaded with Android 8.0 Oreo, the Y9 (2018) will hit the market in black, blue, and gold.
Sony digital paper device with E-Ink display hits FCC
The Sony tablet with an E-Ink display that was recently spotted on the FCC website has the model name DPT-CP1, so it is probably a successor to last year's DPT-RP1. Made by Netonix, this slate features WiFi, Bluetooth, and NFC, but the FCC listing does not reveal any of the main technical details. However, the document confirms that this device has reached the mass production stage, so its launch is imminent.
Garmin tactix Charlie GPS watch now official, coming next quarter
Estimated to begin reaching its first owners in about a month, the US$749.99 Garmin tactix Charlie is a premium GPS watch that features a 1.2-inch sunlight-readable display with domed sapphire lens, GPS with GLONASS support, as well a rugged design. Its battery can provide up to 12 days of autonomy in smartwatch mode, 20 hours in GPS mode, and 35 hours in UltraTrac battery saving mode.
Night Light and one-handed mode coming with the Sony Xperia XZ2
The Sony Xperia XZ2 made its debut as an improved version of the Xperia XZ1, sporting the same 19 MP main camera with a Motion Eye sensor, but being capable of shooting both full HD 960 fps videos and 4K HDR content. Although its predecessor is still missing these features, the Xperia XZ2 comes with Night Light mode and one-hand operation out of the box. Sadly, it also sports a low-end front camera and an outdated design.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625-driven ZTE Nubia N3 spotted online
As revealed by the images that recently surfaced on Weibo, the upcoming ZTE Nubia N3 is a rather peculiar Android handset. Although it features a quite capable mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor and a 5.99-inch display with a 2:1 aspect ratio, it comes with large bezels and only features a micro USB port for charging and data transfer. At last, we should also mention the stock Android 8.0 Oreo firmware.
Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition finally available for purchase
Final Fantasy XV arrived on Xbox One more than a year ago, and now the time has finally arrived for Windows PC gamers to get this title as well. Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition comes with 4K HDR support and can run at up to 120 frames per second, but it also has full Windows Sonic support for an improved audio experience. The game is priced at US$49.99, but various in-app purchases are also available.
Android 9.0 Developer Preview available for download
Although its name is still unknown, many websites call it "Pie" already, but the certain thing is that Android 9.0 is already available for testing. The first Developer Preview build of Google's upcoming major Android version comes with many improvements under the hood (support for HEIC images, WiFi Location with WiFi RTT), as well as support for edge-to-edge displays with cutouts and multiple interface changes.
The Sims Mobile finally official for Android and iOS
The Sims Mobile is now available for both iOS and Android devices and — fortunately for the many mobile gamers on a very tight budget — comes for free on both platforms. However, those really into this iconic title can speed up the progress and enhance the user experience by purchasing various premium items that are priced between US$2.99 (Android) or US$4.99 (iOS) and US$99.99.
VIVO V9 surfaces online on Weibo
The teaser image that was posted on Weibo reveals an iPhone X-style display with a similar notch as that of Apple's flagship that more and more Chinese brands seem to be after these days. The VIVO V9 will have a 24 MP front camera, but there is no other piece of information to talk about at this stage. However, we expect a mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 4 GB of memory or more, and a 2:1 display.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845-powered Nokia 9 coming later this year
Although HMD Global unveiled the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835-powered Nokia 8 Sirocco at MWC 2018 as its top-of-the-line device to arrive this year, an exclusive report reveals that at least two handsets with a Snapdragon 845 inside are scheduled to be introduced later this year. The first one is the 5.5-inch Nokia 8 Pro, and its 5.7-inch sibling is rumored to hit the market as the Nokia 9.
First Android P developer preview supposedly coming mid-March
According to VentureBeat's editor and popular Twitter leakster Evan Blass, the first Developer Preview release of Android 9.0 should arrive in around two weeks. Although there are a lot of name-related speculations, he only named "Pumpkin Pie" as a personal preference. Other desserts that could turn into Oreo's successor include Popsicle, Pecan Pie, Pastry, Popover, Pandoro, and Praline.
DxOMark awards highest score ever to the Samsung Galaxy S9+
Although the new Samsung Galaxy S9+ does not come with major improvements over its predecessor, it looks like the difference is solid for mobile photography fans. The dual-camera Galaxy S9+ scored a combined score of 99 DxOMark points and 104 points for its still photography performance, also scoring 91 in the video recording department. With a combined score of 98 points, the Google Pixel 2 now holds the second place.
YouTube offline viewing reaches 109 new markets
Although the YouTube mobile apps have been providing offline viewing capabilities for more than two years, the availability of this feature that can come quite handy in certain situations was limited to a list of select markets. That list was not long at all, but now 109 new items have been added to it, bringing the total of markets with YouTube offline viewing support to no less than 125.
BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition finally available in the US
The BlackBerry KEYone Black Edition has been around since last August in various markets, and now it is finally available in the US. While the original came in February 2017 with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage, this version comes with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage. Fortunately, the price tag of this handset reads US$549, which is just US$50 higher than the price of the regular BlackBerry KEYone.
The legendary Motorola Razr series might return with a foldable display
The rumor that we might see the legendary Motorola Razr series coming back to life is not new, but this time it comes from a Lenovo official. One year after making a similar statement at MWC 2017, Yang Yuanqing said that the Motorola Razr "will be developed or realized very soon." Sadly, Lenovo's CEO did not mention any technical details or a possible launch date for now.
Future MacBooks might have an OLED touchscreen keyboard, reveals patent
A recently published Apple patent describes a "Dual display equipment with enhanced visibility and suppressed reflections" and the device pictured in it looks like a MacBook with an OLED touchscreen area that replaces the traditional keyboard and trackpad combination. Lenovo tried this with the Yoga Book and it apparently failed, so it remains to see if an Apple MacBook with a touchscreen keyboard hits the market or not.
Exynos 7870-powered Galaxy J8 might be in the works
Next to the alleged Galaxy J4 and Galaxy J6, as well as the US variant of the updated Galaxy J3, an Exynos 7870-powered Samsung handset was spotted on Geekbench. Codenamed SM-J800FN, this one is expected to launch as the Galaxy J8 and runs Android 8.0 Oreo. Older rumors mentioned it would feature 4 GB RAM, 64 GB internal storage, and a 5.5-inch 720p display, but nothing is official yet.
Asus intros the ZenFone Max M1 budget-friendly handset with dual camera and 4,000 mAh battery
The new Asus ZenFone Max M1 comes with a 2:1 display with only 1,440 x 720 pixels and a rather slow Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor, but also features a 13 MP + 8 MP dual camera setup on the back, an 8 MP selfie snapper, and a high-capacity 4,000 mAh battery that can provide up to 41 days of 4G standby, 36 hours of 3G calls, and an impressive autonomy of 23 hours of WiFi web browsing.
Tekken Mobile for Android finally available in the US
A few weeks after its launch in Latin America, Europe, Africa, Middle East, and South East Asia, Tekken Mobile for Android hits the US market two days sooner than scheduled. This freemium game comes with loot boxes, healing items, and resources for character upgrade that can all be purchased using real-world money. Tekken Mobile is already quite popular on Google Play, with over one million installs so far.
Huawei Y5 Lite (2018) with Android Go onboard surfaces online
Surprisingly enough, Huawei is not present at MWC 2018 with any Android Go handset. However, it seems that such a device is almost ready to hit the market. References to the Huawei Y5 Lite (2018) with Android Oreo Go edition onboard were recently spotted in some firmware files. Shortly after that happened, this MediaTek-powered handset apparently arrived at the FCC as well.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 630-powered Asus ZenFone 5Q phablet debuts with four cameras
Introduced in Barcelona during MWC as the ZenFone 5 Lite, this 6-inch phablet with a 2:1 ratio display will arrive in the US as the Asus ZenFone 5Q. Its list of technical specs includes a dual camera setup on each side, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor, 4 GB RAM, and 64 GB internal storage. The three colors available are known as Rouge Red, Moonlight White, and Midnight Black.
Asus ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 5Z now official with dual cameras in tow
The Asus ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 5Z have been unveiled at MWC 2018 in Barcelona tonight, just as expected. Although both feature a dual camera setup with a flagship Sony IMX363 sensor with 1.4 µm pixels and a 6.2-inch display, the ZenFone 5 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor inside, while the ZenFone 5Z is powered by the top-of-the-line Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC.
OnePlus 6 hands-on images leak online
The two images that allegedly show the upcoming OnePlus 6 flagship surfaced on a WhatsApp group, where it was posted by someone claiming to be an insider familiar with the matter. One of these images confirms a previous rumor that mentioned a front with a notch similar to that of Apple's iPhone X. The other one shows a back with a vertical dual camera setup and an oval-shaped fingerprint reader.
Low-end Alcatel 1T Android tablet starts below US$90
In addition to the new Android-driven phones that were introduced at this year's Mobile World Congress, Alcatel has also launched a low-end tablet that comes in two form factors. The Alcatel 1T 7 and the Alcatel 1T 10 come with Android 8.1 Oreo onboard and can provide a battery file of up to 15 hours on a single charge. This slate will soon be available for purchase starting at 69.99 EUR (around US$86).
Android 8.1 Oreo-based LineageOS 15.1 now available for select devices
After a few months of hard work, the team behind LineageOS revealed a new version of this custom ROM. Based on Android 8.1, LineageOS 15.1 comes with a new Trebuchet launcher, interface styles, LiveDisplay integration, QR support in Snap camera, and more. The first devices supported are the OnePlus 3/5/5T, Xiaomi's Mi 5/5S/5S Plus, Google's Nexus 5X and 6P, the LePro3/Pro3 Elite by LeEco, as well as the WiFi-only Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 slates.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 210-powered ZTE Tempo Go joins the Android Go crowd
The ZTE Tempo Go might look familiar to some, and this happens for a good reason: this Android Go handset is nothing more than a ZTE Tempo X with a new name and Google's highly optimized Android Oreo variant. The specs are exactly what one could expect for the sub-US$80 price tag: Qualcomm Snapdragon 210, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB storage, 5-inch display with 480 x 854 pixels, as well as a 5 MP main camera with LED flash.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 is mostly the S8 with a better camera
When compared to their predecessors, the Samsung Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+ offer solid improvements in the camera department, but there are no changes when it comes to the display, connectivity, or battery capacity. However, audiophiles will surely enjoy the stereo speakers tuned by AKG and the Dolby Atmos surround sound. At last, we should also mention that the Galaxy S9 lineup comes with Oreo onboard.
Huawei MediaPad M5 tablet with Android Oreo onboard now official
The new Huawei MediaPad M5 comes in two sizes (8.4 and 10.8 inches) and multiple connectivity/storage configurations. All models feature a HiSilicon Kirin 960 processor, 4 GB RAM, an 8 MP front camera, a 13 MP main image shooter, and run Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box (with EMUI 8.0 on top, obviously). This new tablet comes with USB Type-C, but Huawei also decided to drop the 3.5 mm audio jack.
General Mobile intros GM 8 Android One handset with 2:1 display
Although some recent leaks claimed it would arrive as an Android Go device, the General Mobile GM 8 is now official with full Oreo onboard as an Android One handset. Its specs include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor, up to 4 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage, as well as a 5.7-inch display with 1,440 x 720 pixels. This Turkish handset is expected to hit the market soon for the equivalent of US$260 and up.
Alcatel 1X debuts with 2:1 display, Android Go, sub-US$125 price tag
Introduced as the first sub-100 EUR (~US$125) handset from a major global brand to feature a 2:1 display, the Alcatel 1X is also the first Android Go handset to be unveiled at MWC 2018. Its list of specs includes a MediaTek MT6580 processor, 1 GB RAM, and 16 GB storage. Despite the low-end cameras used (5 MP and 8 MP), the 1X comes with social-ready camera features such as Photo Booth, Instant Collage, and Social Square.
BLU Vivo X now official, 2:1 display and quad cameras in tow
The MediaTek Helio P25-powered BLU Vivo X phablet is finally official. Currently available for purchase on Amazon for US$249.99 (17 percent down from a list price of US$299.99), this 6-inch phablet comes with a quad-camera setup and a 2:1 display. Just as the other handsets by BLU Products, it is fully compatible with the GSM networks of major US carriers such as AT&T, T-Mobile, MetroPCS, and others.
First Android Go devices coming at MWC 2018
Almost a decade since the release of the first Android device, Google is rapidly expanding this ecosystem by adding branches for specific categories of users and devices. After the Android One initiative that aims to provide a stock experience and very fast updates, Android Go comes with low-end handsets in mind. Although a set of Go apps is already available, the first Android Go phones will be revealed next week at MWC.
CAT S61 rugged phone unveiled, coming to MWC 2018
The CAT S61 will be introduced at MWC 2018 as the direct successor of the CAT S60, which featured a VGA resolution FLIR camera with a -4 to 248 Fahrenheit range. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 630-powered CAT S61 brings this camera's top recorded temperature to 752 Fahrenheit degrees while pushing its resolution to HD as well. This phone also packs a laser-assisted distance measurement tool.
Updated LG K8 and K10 handsets confirmed to arrive at MWC 2018
LG K8 and LG K10 have been around for a while, but these two affordable Android handsets will soon get updated. LG has just made an official announcement that includes the list of detailed technical specs and features for each of the variants that will hit the market, so this is no rumor. Powered by unspecified processors, the updated LG K8 and LG K10 are expected to show up next week at MWC 2018.
Honor 9 Lite gets Face Unlock in India
The quad-camera Honor 9 Lite receives the software update that enables Face Unlock after a few other Honor devices, such as the Honor 7X and the Honor View 10. According to the website that broke the news, the update arrives in stages and should be fully deployed by March 5. Priced below US$200, the Honor 9 Lite is one of the few handsets in the same price range to support this feature.
First Windows 10 on ARM PCs to hit stores by the end of March
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835-powered Android flagships have been around for a while, and soon we will also be able to purchase notebooks and 2-in-1 convertible tablets that use the same processor. Big brands like Lenovo, HP, and Asus already unveiled such portables, and now Qualcomm has just announced that the first units are scheduled to hit the market "beginning this calendar quarter."
ZTE Blade X2 Max heading for Cricket Wireless
The successor of the ZTE Blade X Max is rumored to launch in mid to late spring. Apparently ready to hit the market as the ZTE Blade X2 Max, it looks a lot like its predecessor. The list of rumored specs includes a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, 3 GB or 4 GB RAM, at least 32 GB internal storage, as well as a 6-inch full HD display. This phablet will probably launch with Android Oreo customized by ZTE onboard.
Unlocked Huawei Honor 7X apparently being rebranded as Mate SE in the US
At the end of last week, the Huawei Mate SE was listed on both Amazon and B&H Photo Video. Even more, it also got an official page on Huawei's website. However, all these listings of the rebranded Huawei Honor 7X were removed since then. The US$249.99 Mate SE apparently will come in grey and gold, but now it looks like we have to wait for it to get a proper release.
Samsung begins mass production of 30 TB PM1643 enterprise SSD
The new Samsung PM1643 drive has a 30.72 GB capacity that makes it the industry's largest Serial Attached SCSI SSD for use in next-gen enterprise solutions. Its specs include four times the random read and three times the sequential read performance of the Samsung SSD 850 EVO. The lineup will be expanded later this year with models ranging between 800 GB and 15.36 TB.
Facebook Aloha and Fiona smart speakers could launch in July
Facebook's upcoming smart speakers are expected to arrive in July, reveal insiders familiar with the matter. Sporting 15-inch touchscreen displays, they are also supposed to provide video chat and social features.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845-powered Nokia 8 Pro allegedly under development
The Nokia 8 Pro is expected to hit the market in August-September with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 onboard. Obviously, nothing has been confirmed by HMD Global yet.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 hits GFXBench
The Samsung SM-T835 device that surfaced on GFXBench appears to have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor onboard, next to 4 GB RAM, 64 GB internal storage, and a 12 MP main camera. This 10.5-inch slate runs Android Oreo and is expected to feature a stylus, a detachable keyboard, as well as AKG-tuned speakers.
Alcatel 5, 3V and 1X coming next week
The Alcatel 5, Alcatel 3V, and Alcatel 1X were all introduced at CES 2018, and on February 24 they are scheduled to hit the market. Powered by MediaTek processors, they are all expected to target budget-conscious consumers.
Microsoft Surface Pro celebrates fifth anniversary
Announced as Surface for Windows 8 Pro back in June 2012, Microsoft's well-known 2-in-1 convertible was later renamed to Surface Pro and made its debut in February 2013. The fifth generation was released last year, in June.
Facebook Messenger Kids now available for Android
Not long after its arrival to iOS devices and Amazon Fire tablets, the Facebook Messenger Kids app is finally available for all Android handsets and tablets via Google Play.
Samsung Galaxy S9+ with Snapdragon 845 hits AnTuTu
The Samsung Galaxy S9+ with Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor apparently scored an impressive 265,267 AnTuTu score, obliterating the Snapdragon 835-driven Samsung Galaxy S8+ which scores around 170,000 points.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and Note 5 Pro roll out in India
The Snapdragon 625-powered Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 is an affordable all-rounder that starts at US$156, while the slightly more expensive Redmi Note 5 Pro employs a Snapdragon 636 chip, a dual main camera, and a 20 MP selfie shooter.
Dungeons & Dragons coming back to mobile this spring thanks to Warriors of Waterdeep
Yesterday, Wizards of the Coast and Ludia announced Warriors of Waterdeep, a new Dungeons & Dragons mobile game for both Android and iOS. This turn-based RPG is free to play and uses card packs. Although it will not launch this month, those interested can pre-register and will receive a special gift pack on launch.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845-powered Surface Phone could arrive by the end of June
The upcoming Microsoft Surface Phone is apparently ready to launch with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 inside. While the software for it might still need a bit of polishing, the final prototypes are ready and insiders familiar with the matter claim that this device should arrive by the end of 2018, or as soon as first half of the year.
Amazon Music for Windows 10 hits Microsoft Store
The Amazon Music app for Windows 10 became available for download from the Microsoft Store yesterday. However, it is only available for those running the Windows 10 Anniversary Update or a later edition.
Google has sold 3.9 million Pixel handsets in 2017
Although Google is still way behind the giants that are Apple and Samsung, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL reached more than 3.9 million customers in 2017. However, both Google's handsets arrived in October, making this number of sold units quite impressive.
Facebook breaking the law when collecting personal data
Although Facebook already filed an appeal, it is worth mentioning that the Berlin regional court ruled against its data-collection practices, saying that the default settings break the law, while some terms and conditions do not meet the legal standards needed to get the users' effective consent.
Huawei patent for new gesture control for wearables surfaces online
Huawei's upcoming smartwatches could be able to detect writing movements performed in mid-air using fingers. This new gesture control method has been described in a patent dated July 2016, so it might become reality pretty soon.
LG reveals upcoming smartphone AI features
In addition to the LG Vision AI and LG Voice AI features, the next-gen LG smartphones will also come with a set of exclusive voice commands for Google Assistant. These technologies will be shown at MWC 2018 starting February 26.
Verizon to start locking phones later this year
The only major US carrier that offered completely unlocked devices decided to change its policy due to theft, so Verizon Wireless customers who get a new phone now have to go through a probationary period that lasts from the purchase date to the activation of the service.
BLU Vivo One and Vivo X unlocked Android handsets coming soon
Miami-based BLU Products unleashed two new handsets, namely the quad-camera Vivo X and the budget-friendly Vivo One. Just as expected, both run Android Nougat and use MediaTek processors.
Xiaomi Mi TV apparently heading for India
While the Redmi Note 5 is headed for India and expected to arrive on February 14, it looks like the Mi TV is going to be introduced locally on the same day.
Street Fighter IV: Champion Edition coming soon to Android
Quite a while after reaching iOS (July 2017), Street Fighter IV: Champion Edition is finally (almost) ready to launch on Google Android. This mobile game is based on the 2008 title and features 25 playable characters.
New Asus ZenFone 5 Lite images and details leak online
Not long after the regular ZenFone 5 surfaced online, the Asus ZenFone 5 Lite was spotted in black, white, and red, next to a few technical details. Both handsets are expected to feature a vertical dual camera setup on the back and should be unveiled at MWC 2018.
Get Windows 10 Live Tiles on Android thanks to SquareHome 2
Although it has not been updated since last November, SquareHome 2 remains a popular launcher app that is widely regarded as the best solution for those who want Windows 10 Live Tiles on their Android device.
KDE Slimbook II Linux laptops receive Kaby Lake i5 and i7 processors
The Spanish-made KDE Slimbook II notebook is now available starting around US$855. When compared to the first generation, the list of upgrades includes DDR4 memory, Kaby Lake processors, a 1 TB SSD option, an improved WiFi antenna, and more.
Microsoft Launcher finally gets Cortana support
Microsoft Launcher, the Android app once known as Arrow Launcher, has reached version 4.6 and finally received full Cortana support. This digital assistant can make calls, schedule meetings, change the wallpaper, and more.
Boot ROM bug allows Nintendo Switch to run Linux
Not long after they revealed a custom boot screen on a Nintendo Switch, a group of hackers calling themselves fail0verflow apparently managed to run a Linux-based operating system on this game console.
VLC 3.0 now available with 8K and Chromecast support
The first version of the "Vetinari" branch, VLC 3.0.0 is capable of streaming to Chromecast devices even in non-native formats, also supporting 4K and 8K hardware decoding on a wide range of devices, including Android flagships.
Another iPhone X wannabe: Sharp Aquos S3 leaks online
The Sharp Aquos S3 might look a bit too much like the iPhone X, but its specs are rumored to be far away from the flagship zone. The highlights include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 or 660 processor, at least 4 GB RAM/64 GB internal storage, and Android Nougat.
Huawei P20 Lite renders and live images surface online
The Huawei P20 Lite features a vertical dual camera setup on the back and its display makes it look a lot like the iPhone X. If the rumors turn out to be true, it will be unveiled by the end of March.
Samsung Galaxy S9 with Snapdragon 845 onboard hits Geekbench
As it happened so far, the next-gen Galaxy flagship will come with both Snapdragon and Exynos processors onboard, depending on the market. The Geekbench 4.0 test results for the Snapdragon 845-powered variant have just surfaced online and it looks like there is still room for optimizations until the handset's launch.
LG V30s with 256 GB storage and LG Lens AI camera features could arrive at MWC 2018
With a rumored price of over US$900, the upcoming LG V30s is expected to fit in the same niche of the market as the iPhone X and Note 8 (at least price-wise), while its new camera is rumored to provide AI capabilities similar to Samsung's Bixby Vision camera feature.
Facebook (finally) testing a Downvote button
Although the long-awaited Dislike button is far from arriving, Facebook confirmed they are currently testing a Downvote button that allows users to flag and hide comments.
Qualcomm rejects Broadcom's new offer
Back in November, Qualcomm's Board of Directors rejected Broadcom's US$105 billion acquisition offer. Now, even after an increase to US$121 billion, the negative answer of the board remains unanimous.
Sony smart TVs with Google Assistant coming soon
In addition to the X900F series that Sony unveiled at CES 2018, this iconic Japanese brand also announced the X850F series. Both feature Google Assistant support and have been listed already on Amazon at prices that range between US$1,499 and US$3,999.
Budget-friendly Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 coming to India next week
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 will hit India on February 14, at noon. This handset will launch exclusively on Flipkart just like its predecessor, the best-selling Redmi Note 4.
Android Oreo-based Samsung Experience 9.0 rolling out to Galaxy S8 flagships
After a really long wait, the official Android Oreo update for the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ has begun its rollout. Beta testers in Europe are the first ones to get the new firmware, but regular users should start to receive it after 24 hours as well.
Windows 10 build 17093 allows users to delete diagnostic data
In addition to the button that allows the removal of diagnostic data collected as part of the notorious telemetry process, Windows 10 build 17093 also brings better Bluetooth device pairing, improved graphics settings for multi-GPU systems, and more.
Essential Phone gets the February security patch
Although there is still a lot of work to be done in the camera software department, the Essential team was very quick in delivering this month's security patch from Google for the company's only handset.
Samsung begins mass production of 256 GB eUFS solutions for the automotive market
The industry's first 256 GB eUFS 2.1 solution for automotive applications that incorporates advanced features of the UFS 3.0 standard can handle a temperature range between -40° C and 105° C and provides a sequential read speed of up to 850 MB/s.
Chromebooks might soon get 4K displays
According to a Google Chrome commit, a higher-resolution Chrome logo is needed "to look crisp and pretty on our secret upcoming 4K Chromebooks." While this breaks any veil of secrecy covering the arrival of these Chrome OS devices, there is still no launch date to talk about.
Intel Xeon D-2100 processors now official with up to 18 cores and 36 threads
The new Xeon D-2100 processor architecture allows for up to 18 "Skylake-server" generation cores and was designed to provide lower-power processing to multiple enterprise applications, focusing on the needs of data centers and network operators.
New beta of iOS 11.3 allows you to disable battery performance throttling
Thanks to the Battery Health settings that appeared in the latest beta, owners of iPhone 6 and iPhone 7 handsets will be able to disable performance throttling and to keep their devices running at full speed. However, iOS 11.3 has no launch date yet.
ADB.Miner worm turns your Android device into a mining rig
Although it quickly infected a few thousand devices worldwide, the spread of the cryptocurrency mining malware ADB.Miner seems to be quite limited at this time. However, there is still time for this piece of code to become a serious global threat.
OnePlus X successor not coming anytime soon
Less than 10 minutes after GSMArena published the rumor about a Snapdragon 835-powered, 5.5-inch OnePlus X2 being in the works, the co-founder of the popular Chinese brand, Carl Pei, denied it.
Android Oreo finally breaks the 1 percent barrier
With Android Lollipop usage finally below 25 percent, Android Oreo managed to climb above the 1 percent barrier for the first time in history. Android Nougat usage also grew up by more than 2 percent in February compared to the first month of this year.
Google fixes Android Wear 2.0 lag problems
While disabling "OK, Google" detection on Android Wear devices was a workaround that severely limited their capabilities, a new software update finally takes care of the annoying lag issue that has been around for about a month.
Xiaomi Huami Amazfit Bip smartwatch hits the US for US$99.99
The Amazfit Bip Android Wear smartwatch was launched in China last year, and now it can be pre-ordered in the US for less than US$100. This smart wearable with an impressive battery life is expected to start shipping in the US next month.
Mid-range Asus ZenFone 5 smartphone with vertical dual camera setup sufaces online
A bunch of Asus ZenFone 5 manual images surfaced online, and the details that surfaced next to them reveal a few intriguing things. Although this handset sports a main dual camera setup, runs Android Oreo out of the box and features a 5.7-inch display with an 18:9 ratio, there is no USB Type-C connector.
Honor 7X in red hits the US for US$199.99
Just in time for this year's Valentine Day, the Honor 7X can now be acquired in red. Priced at US$199.99, it also comes with a free case, but the amount of units available is limited.
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 flickering screen? Ice it down
While the Surface Book had screen flickering issues that were solved with a software update, this time the Surface Pro 4 seems to be facing a classic case of overheating-induced flickering. Although it might not be a good solution in the long run, it looks like adding some ice helps to quickly eliminate the problem.
Nokia 8 Sirocco with OLED display might show up at MWC 2018
Next to the 4G LTE-capable Nokia 3310, a Nokia 8 with an OLED display is also expected to drop at MWC 2018. The Sirocco name was used by Nokia more than a decade ago for a handset whose gold-plated favor retailed for more than US$2,000.
Microsoft Surface laptop with Intel Core m3-7Y30 onboard available for US$799
The new base model of the Microsoft Surface laptop features an Intel Core m3 processor, 4 GB RAM, and 128 GB internal storage. Sadly, this US$799 model can only be acquired in Platinum finish.
Google Assistant Go brings voice interaction to slow handsets
Google Assistant Go has most features of the full Google Assistant app but was designed to work with Android Go handsets, so it lacks hands-free voice activation, reminders, controls for smart home devices, and other advanced capabilities.
High-end Sony Xperia handsets will receive two years of updates
According to the new Sony Xperia update policies, the Xperia XZ1 and Xperia XZ1 Compact should get both Android P and Android Q, since they both launched with Android Oreo onboard. Sadly, the mid-range Xperia handsets might not get the same treatment.
YouTube Go hits 130 new markets
Introduced last year in India as a lightweight version of the YouTube app, YouTube Go reached 14 other markets since then. Now, it expands to 130 more countries and also gains a few new features, but many markets with fast networks such as South Korea or Japan are still being left aside.
Huawei Mate 9 gets Android Oreo in the US
Android Oreo is finally rolling out for the Huawei Mate 9 in the US. This update includes the January 2018 security patch from Google and Huawei's EMUI 8.0 custom interface.
Fujifilm takes over Xerox, up to 10,000 jobs to be lost as a consequence
Fujifilm will own a 50.1 stake in a joint venture that would combine Xerox and the existing Fuji Xerox, of which Fujifilm already controls 75 percent. The Connecticut-based Xerox will change its name to Fuji Xerox, and about 10,000 jobs will be cut by 2022.
Vivaldi Browser celebrates its third anniversary by adding vertical reading, markdown support for notes, and more
The vertical reading mode introduced by Vivaldi Browser 1.14 is one of the best ways for reading texts in Japanese, Korean, and Chinese. Next to this new feature, the update also brings customizable web panels and Markdown support for notes.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 gets MIUI 9, but no Nougat
Although the new stable MIUI ROM for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 carries the build number 22.214.171.124, it still uses a Marshmallow core. Sadly, it seems that this Snapdragon 650-powered handset will never get Android Nougat.
Customizable hot words coming soon to Google Assistant
Although Google Assistant has been around for a while, it still lacks the ability to use a custom hot word, something that Motorola's Moto Voice introduced back in 2014. Fortunately, it looks like this issue will be fixed soon.
Mid-range Asus ZenFone 5 Max with Android Oreo onboard surfaces online
The direct successor of the 5.5-inch ZenFone 4 Max has just received its WiFi certification on January 26. The upcoming handset will obviously launch as the ZenFone 5 Max and runs Android 8.0 Oreo.
New iPad models could arrive in the last quarter
Although this subject has been around for a while, analyst Mark Gurman has just unveiled a new launch period for the new iPads. Obviously, Apple did not confirm or deny the Q4 2018 launch of its next-gen tablets yet.
Samsung launches 800 GB ultra-low latency SSD for supercomputing
The new SZ985 Z-SSD drive is the most effective solution for log data processing and high-speed caching, targeting the enterprise customers in need of top performance and reliability for AI, big data, and IoT applications.
Microsoft acquires cloud-connected gaming platform PlayFab
Microsoft has decided to purchase PlayFab, a company that provides services for building, launching, and growing cloud-connected games. PlayFab's extensive list of clients includes names like Rovio, Atari, and Disney.
ARM coprocessors coming to new Mac models later this year
Although we heard rumors involving an ARM coprocessor for Macs already, this time they come from Bloomberg Technology. According to them, Apple might launch three new Mac models in 2018 that feature an ARM coprocessor for improved security.
Nokia 3 Oreo beta coming soon, Nokia 2 to jump straight to Android 8.1
HMD Global Chief Product Officer Juho Sarvikas has recently confirmed that the Nokia 2 will jump straight to Android 8.1 to get advantage of the memory optimization features, but the Nokia 3 will also receive the first Oreo beta soon.
Samsung Pay enters the Mexican market
Mexico has just become the second country in Latin America to get Samsung Pay, after Brazil. The local launch partners include Banorte, Citibanamex, HSBC, Santander, Clip, iZettle, and others.
Samsung shutting down a manufacturing plant in Slovakia
Due to the lack of workers, Samsung decided to shut down one of its two manufacturing plants they have in Slovakia. However, this is pretty good news, since earlier reports claimed that the company was considering the possibility to shut down both of them.
ZTE Blade V9 with Android Oreo onboard hits FCC
The device that arrived at FCC features the ID code SRQ-ZTEBLADEV9 and its specs confirm some of the previous leaks, such as 2 GB/3 GB RAM and 16 GB/32 GB storage variants. Fortunately, the operating system pre-installed is Android 8.0 Oreo with January's security patch.
Skagen Falster Android Wear smartwatch now available starting at US$275
The new Skagen Falster smartwatch runs Android Wear and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 chip. Depending on the strap/color combination, it can be purchased for US$275 or US$295.
Crowd-sourced, local news app Google Bulletin now available for testing
The Google Bulletin experimental platform is in an early access mode for now, and it promises to deliver relevant community news directly from those who live in a certain area.
Google Play increased its lead in Q4 2017 by downloads, still making less money than Apple's App Store
Although the amount of Google Play app downloads in Q4 2017 is more than double the number achieved by Apple's App Store, the tables turn when talking about the revenue they generated. In this area, Apple leads by about 95 percent.
BLU Pure View packs an 18:9 display and dual front cameras for just US$200
The BLU Pure View was silently introduced last week on Amazon with an 18:9 display, 5V/2A quick charge, face unlock, and a dual front camera setup onboard. However, this 5.7-inch handset is only powered by the outdated MediaTek MT6753 octa-core processor.
Need to drive six 4K monitors at 60 Hz on the go? Imagination has a solution for that
The new PowerVR Series8XT GT8540 GPU uses Imagination Technologies' Furian architecture and provides an 80 percent fill rate gain over its predecessor. Even more, it can feed up to six 4K displays at 60 fps simultaneously.
First Chrome OS tablet shows up at tech show
A tweet that has been removed shortly after being published revealed a yet-to-be-launched Chrome OS tablet by Acer, so we should get ready for the debut of these new slates.
Smartphone shipments in China drop for the first time
Although the Chinese market recorded a few quarterly drops in the past, 2017 was the first year ever to end with a negative smartphone shipments growth.
Dell Chromebook 5190 with EMR pen support coming next month
The recently announced Dell Chromebook 5000 series will hit the market next month with the Chromebook 5190 as the debut device. This Chrome OS-powered notebook for education sports a rugged design and is expected to start at US$289.
Android 9.0 could be unveiled in May as Pineapple Cake
Although this is not official yet, Android P is very likely to show up at Google I/O 2018, an event that is scheduled to take place in early May.
Twitter COO Anthony Noto resigns
After being in charge as Twitter's COO for about a year, Anthony Noto decided to move on, accepting the CEO position at SoFi, a financial technology startup.
Samsung 860 PRO and 860 EVO SSDs now available
The Samsung 860 PRO and 860 EVO SSDs come in 2.5-inch, mSATA, and M.2 form factors, employing a new MJX controller and 64-layer V-NAND flash memory. The available capacities are 250 GB, 500 GB, 1 TB, 2 TB, or 4 TB.
Nokia 8 gets Android 8.1 beta
Two months after the public build of Android 8.0 Oreo, the Nokia 8 flagship receives a beta of the Android 8.1 firmware. This update comes with cheese on top of the patty for the hamburger emoji, as well as many unspecified small improvements.
Firefox 58 now official with tracking protection and faster graphics
Launched earlier today, Firefox 58 promises to deliver smoother graphics, improved support for progressive web apps on Android devices, faster page loading, tracking protection, and more.
BLU R2 Plus budget smartphone hits Amazon
The 5.5-inch BLU R2 Plus is now available via Amazon for US$179.99. Its specs include a MediaTek MT6753 processor, 3 GB RAM, and 32 GB internal storage.
Netflix now valued at over $100 billion
new Netflix article abstract | According to the fresh report for Q4 2017, Netflix added almost 2 million subscribers in the US and over 8 million globally (US included) during this period. The company also crossed the US$100 billion mark for its market cap earlier today.
Android Wear 2.8 brings improved notifications and new dark theme
A few days after images showing an updated smartwatch surfaced on Reddit, Google confirmed the release of Android Wear 2.8, highlighting the fact that this is an update for the smartphone app and not the same as the OTA for some wearables.
Budget-friendly LG Aristo 2 now official
The Snapdragon 425-powered LG Aristo 2 comes with Android 7.1.2 onboard and only features 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage. However, its price is far below the US$100 mark, so there is not much to complain about.
MIUI 9 gets Game Speed Booster
The Game Speed Booster optimizations are now available for the MIUI 9 Global Beta ROM, as well as for the Chinese Beta and Chinese Stable ROMs. Thanks to this tool, the user can disable navigation buttons or keep a steady brightness level while playing, and more.
Google Fuchsia OS demo surfaces online
The new demo shows still a product not ready for the market, but in a more advanced status than it was back in May 2017. Now, Fuchsia OS features a few different split-screen modes and works on the Google Pixelbook Chromebook.
Amazon Alexa coming soon to Windows PCs
Alexa for PCs is scheduled to debut exclusively in the US later this year on select Windows 10 PCs by Acer, HP, and Lenovo, sporting the same features as the version for Echo devices.
Wine 3.0 open-source compatibility layer now available
Wine 3.0 is now available as the second annual release of this well-known compatibility layer and arrives more than 24 years since the initial release. This new version comes with improved compatibility with Android, Direct3D 10 and 11 support, and more.
Age of Empires: Definitive Edition launches globally next month
Age of Empires: Definitive Edition will hit the market on February 20 as the remake of the original game that arrived two decades ago. The list of improvements includes 4K support, Xbox LIVE and LAN play, a re-recorded original soundtrack, and more.
Oppo R9s dominates the Chinese smartphone market
Although Huawei remains the leading brand in the Chinese smartphone market, the best-selling smartphone in 2017 was the Oppo R9s, with a market share of 3 percent.
Gboard 6.9 will bring smart replies, GIF making, media keyboard features
Although nothing is official yet and all the information comes from an APK teardown by 9to5Google, it looks like Gboard will soon get the Smart Reply feature for notifications, GIF making, and a new media keyboard that can search items like images and articles.
Samsung begins mass production of 16 Gb GDDR6 memory
Just as expected, Samsung has finally begun to mass produce the industry's first 16 Gb GDDR6 memory chips. In addition to the growing needs of the graphics card market, the new memory will also be used in automotive, network, and AI projects.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Meltdown and Spectre patches not coming to older Chromebooks
Although some ARM-driven Chromebooks do not need patching, there are also a few Chrome OS-powered notebooks that will not get any sort of protection from Meltdown and Spectre, including the Acer C7 and the Samsung Chromebook 5.
Alleged Galaxy S9 retail box spotted online
The purported Samsung Galaxy S9 box image that surfaced on Imgur reveals a 5.8-inch Infinity Display, a "Super Speed Dual Pixel" 12 MP main camera with optical image stabilization, and more.
MediaTek-powered Movi smartphone features a built-in projector, already retails for US$599
Although its specs or design are nothing really special, the Movi smartphone makes up for that by integrating a built-in projector that can deliver a 720p image at a size of 12 to 200 inches.
Samsung Galaxy J2 Pro (2018) now official
The Samsung Galaxy J2 Pro (2018) is now available in Vietnam for the equivalent of around US$145. This low-end handset has an unspecified 1.4 GHz quad-core processor, only 1.5 GB RAM, and runs Android Nougat out of the box.
BLOCKS Core modular smartwatch now available for purchase
The BLOCKS Core modular smartwatch that started as a Kickstarter crowdfunded project is now available for anyone with full Android 8.0 Oreo onboard and support for Amazon Alexa voice commands.
LG Pay to hit the US by June
After a few delays, LG Pay launched in South Korea last summer and, thanks to its moderate success in that market, LG has decided to bring it to the US in the first half of 2018 with the help of the G7 and V40 flagships. The mid-range handsets are expected to get support for it at a later time as well.
Garmin intros Forerunner 645 Music GPS running watch with Garmin Pay support
The new Garmin Forerunner 645 Music is a GPS running watch with Garmin Pay support that features an integrated music player for enjoying their favorite songs without having to carry a smartphone.
Samsung begins mass production of 2nd-generation HBM2 memory
The 2nd-generation 8 GB HBM2 memory is the industry's first such solution capable of delivering a data transfer speed per pin of 2.4 Gbps. This memory is branded Aquabolt and directly succeeds the original HBM2 known as Flarebolt.
Samsung Galaxy A8+ (2018) coming to India via Amazon later this month
In India, the 6-inch Samsung Galaxy A8+ (2018) can be pre-ordered exclusively from Amazon starting today and will be fully released in that market on January 20.
Samsung confirms Galaxy S9 launch date
The launch date of the Samsung Galaxy S9 lineup is no longer a secret since the president of the company's mobile business DJ Koh confirmed that the official unveiling of the new flagships will take place at MWC 2018.
Sea of Thieves Closed Beta coming at the end of the month
Last month, Sea of Thieves went through its biggest ever Technical Alpha play session. Now, the time has come for the first Closed Beta round, which is scheduled to kick off on January 24 and last for 5 days.
Marshmallow remains most popular Android version, Oreo still below 1 percent
The data collected by Google during the 7-day week period that ended yesterday reveals that Marshmallow is now below 29 percent, with Nougat getting closer to taking the lead, while Oreo still struggles to reach the 1 percent mark.
No Huawei phones coming to AT&T after all
Although February is not here yet and the situation might change until then, unconfirmed rumors claim that Huawei and AT&T's deal is off and the two brands will no longer team up as expected.
Whirlpool smart appliances now feature Google Assistant and Alexa support
Next to the voice commands available via both Google Assistant and Alexa on multiple Whirlpool smart appliances, Amazon Prime subscribers also get to use the Amazon Virtual Dash Buttons feature with some of them.
Rockchip intros AI-optimized RK3399Pro processor
The hexa-core RK3399Pro processor by Rockchip is the Chinese company's first one to feature a neural network processing unit. It uses the same core configuration as the RK3399Pro and its NPU performance reaches 2.4 TOPs.
Huawei Honor View 10 and Honor 7X hit the US
The Huawei Honor View 10 and Honor 7X are both available in the US starting this month, including the limited edition Honor 7X in red which can be acquired in the US for just US$199.
Essential Phone gets Spectre and Meltdown fix
Although the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities are quite serious and Microsoft already issued patches that take care of them, smartphone makers are not that fast. Surprisingly enough, Andry Rubin's Essential Phone is one of the first handsets to get a fix for the two problems mentioned above.
Verizon acquires Niddel
Verizon decided to buy Niddel for improving its malware detection and response for enterprise customers thanks to the machine-learning-based automated threat hunting technology of the latter.
Samsung Notebook 7 Spin (2018) now official
The highlights of the updated Samsung Notebook 7 Spin include a 360-degree rotating touchscreen, Active Pen support, an 8th generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8 GB RAM, and a 256 GB SSD drive. This Windows 10 notebook should hit the US market in the first quarter of the year.
Moto G4 Play finally gets Android 7.1.1 Nougat
Although Android 7.1.1 Nougat has been around for more than a year, the Moto G4 Play did not get it until now. Even with this delay, it is still a good thing to offer the update to a phone that is almost two years old and arrived on the market for just US$99.