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.
Samsung T7 portable SSD lineup discounted by up to 57% on Amazon
Introduced in mid-Mary 2020, the Samsung T7 portable SSD lineup is still very popular and the capacities of up to 2 TB should be more than enough for most users even in 2023. The ongoing Amazon discounts take the 1 TB model down to US$79.99, while the 2 TB model can be acquired for US$114.99 after a generous 57% price drop.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (128 GB, green) now 33% off on Amazon
With generous discounts of over 20% available to some of its siblings as well, the 128 GB green Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is currently available on Amazon with an excellent discount of 33%. Thanks to it, those interested can get this previous-generation flagship device for US$799.99 instead of US$1,199.99.
Intel Core i9-13900K drops below US$500 on Amazon
Currently carrying a list price of US$629.99, the Intel Core i9-13900K desktop processor topped at US$805.99 on October 21, 2022. Yesterday, Camelcamelcamel displayed an average price based on the last 50 changes of US$592.16. However, today there's an all-time low price of US$499.99 to talk about.
Asus ROG Harpe Ace Aim Lab Edition gaming mouse now 33% off on Amazon
Introduced in the last half of January 2023, the Asus ROG Harpe Ace Aim Lab Edition gaming mouse is now down to US$99.99 thanks to a 33% discount applied to the US$149.99 list price. Its highlights include wired and wireless connectivity alongside a next-gen 36,000 dpi sensor with less than 1% cpi deviation.
AMD Ryzen 9 7900X3D available for lowest Amazon price so far alongside two promo deals
With a maximum price of US$679 recorded on the first day of March 2023, the AMD Ryzen 9 7900X3D is now down to a US$599 list price. The ongoing 5% discount takes it to US$571.03, which is the lowest price so far. Those who buy it can also receive 90 days of Amazon Music Unlimited and Star Wars Jedi: Survivor for free.
Minisforum Venus NPB5 surfaces as a Core i5-13500H-powered NPB7
While its Intel Core i7-13700H-driven sibling known as NPB7 will start shipping in mid-June, the Intel Core i5-13500H-powered Minisforum Venus NPB5 mini PC will arrive about one week later. The barebone setup can be acquired for US$389, while the 32 GB + 1 TB configuration carries a US$569 preorder price tag.
Nvidia GeForce Game Ready Driver 535.98 now available with Diablo IV and System Shock optimizations
Arriving less than a week after its predecessor, the Nvidia GeForce Game Ready Driver 535.98 software package brings day-1 support for DLSS 3 and Reflex in Diablo IV, as well as DLSS 2 optimizations for the Unreal Engine 4-based remake of System Shock. However, there are no other changes mentioned.
4 TB Samsung T7 Shield portable SSD now 49% off on Amazon
Down from US$429.99 to a more wallet-friendly US$219.99 thanks to a 49% discount, the 4 TB Samsung T7 Shield portable SSD has been around since mid-November 2022 and became very popular since then. This fast and handy rugged storage accessory is rated IP65 for protection from dust and water.
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D gets 32% discount on Amazon
Still accompanied by the new subscribers-only 90 days of free Amazon Music Unlimited deal that has been around for a while now, the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D desktop processor is now 32% off, so those interested can get it for only US$307 instead of US$449. As usual, a few processor + motherboard bundles are also available.
Asus ROG Matrix GeForce RTX 4090 unveiled with 360 mm AIO cooler and on-die liquid metal
Although Asus skipped giving the RTX 3000 series this treatment, the ROG Matrix custom video card design is back with a metal liquid-cooled Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090. The card sports a thick 360 mm radiator with three 12 cm fans and also marks the first use of indirect Aura Lighting. Sadly, sales will kick off in the third quarter.
Doogee introduces two new rugged smartphones, namely V20 Pro and S100 Pro
The barely unveiled Doogee V20 Pro and S100 Pro bring new combinations of highlights into the Chinese OEM's portfolio of products while remaining faithful to the MediaTek hardware. The first one replaces the secondary display on the back with an InfiRay thermal imaging camera and its sibling packs a 130-lumen LED light.
31.5-inch Acer EI322QUR WQHD 165 Hz 1 ms curved gaming monitor now 30% off on Amazon
With a list price of US$299.99, the Acer EI322QUR Pbmiippx 1500R curved gaming monitor is now down to US$209. Its list of highlights includes a WQHD VA panel, 165 Hz refresh rate, 1 ms VRB latency, two 2 W speakers, AMD FreeSync Premium Pro support, as well as two DP 1.4 and two HDMI 2.0 inputs.
T30 Pro, Doogee's third Android tablet, set to arrive next month
Powered using the MediaTek Helio G99 alongside 8 GB LPDDR4X and 256 GB internal storage, the Doogee T30 Pro tablet features an 11-inch display with 2,560 X 1,600 pixels, quad speakers, and a 20 MP main camera. It will ship with Android 13 in three colors, namely Space Gray, Mint Green, and Ice Blue.
Google fined over US$30 million for patent infringement
Although Sonos sued Google over six patent infringements, the US$32.5 million penalty comes as the result of a single infringement. The judge has ruled that the other five patents were not infringed. However, Sonos has made a statement saying that "Google infringes more than 200 Sonos patents" and made it clear that the war is not over.
Zotac Gaming GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Twin Edge OC LHR 8GB now 29% off on Amazon
Introduced at the end of June 2021, the Zotac Gaming GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Twin Edge OC LHR video card reached its highest Amazon price of US$669.99 at the end of March 2022. Now, a 29% discount is keeping it at the lowest price until now, so those interested can grab it for a tempting US$377.99 (Camelcamelcamel reveals an average price of US$449.04).
Neuralink receives FDA's green light for its first human trials
Being rejected in early 2022, Elon Musk's brain-implant initiative, Neuralink, has finally managed to secure FDA's approval. Thanks to this step, the road to the first-in-human clinical trial is now open. Recruitment is not open yet, but more information on this matter should become available soon.
Nvidia GeForce Game Ready Driver 532.03 arrives with GeForce RTX 4060 Ti support
The new driver package released by Nvidia yesterday delivers full support for the new GeForce RTX 4060 Ti GPU alongside DLSS 3, Reflex, ray tracing, and other optimizations for The Lord of the Rings: Gollum, a title that launches today. There is also support for 2 new G-Sync Compatible gaming monitors and 7 Optimal Settings presets.
Razer Blade 15 with Core i7-12800H, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti, 240 Hz QHD now 33% off on Amazon
Introduced last year, the Razer Blade 15 gaming laptop with model number RZ09-0421NED3-R3U1 sports an Intel Core i7-12800H processor, Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Ti graphics, and a fast 240 Hz QHD display. Now, thanks to a generous 33% discount, it can be acquired for US$1,999.99 instead of US$2,999.99.
Samsung 970 EVO Plus 2 TB SSD drops below US$115 for the first time
Thanks to a generous 77% discount applied by Amazon to the not-so-generous US$499.99 list price, the 2 TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus PCIe SSD is now available for US$114.99. According to Camelcamelcamel, this is the lowest price of this SSD recorded so far. The 500 GB model is also a good deal at just US$29.99.
24-inch Samsung CRG5 FHD 144 Hz curved gaming monitor drop to lowest pice since December 2022
Targeting budget gamers with a 24-inch size and a rather low resolution of 1,920 X 1,080 pixels, the Samsung CRG5 LC24RG50FZNXZA curved gaming monitor is now down by 48% on Amazon. Thanks to this massive discount, those interested can get it for US$129.99 instead of the US$249.99 retail price.
Asus Dual GeForce RTX 3070 V2 OC Edition drops below US$400
Introduced at the end of October 2020 with a list price of US$499 for the reference design, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 can be considered an outdated, yet still capable (in some scenarios) video card. The 31% discount on the Asus Dual V2 OC Edition of this card brings it from US$579.99 to US$399.99.
Doogee V30 rugged Android phone gets 20% discount, V Max US$100 off
Available on Amazon for roughly US$530, the massive Doogee V30 rugged Android 12 smartphone is now discounted by 20% on Doogeemall, so those interested can acquire it for US$420 instead of the US$524.99 list price. Those interested in a 22,000 mAh battery above anything else can take advantage of the US$100 coupon provided for the Doogee V Max.
Minisforum intros AMD Ryzen 7040HS Series-powered Venus UM780 Pro and UM790 Pro mini PCs
Although the details regarding the shipment date, hardware setup choices, and prices are still unknown, Minisforum has officially unveiled the Venus UM780 Pro and UM790 Pro mini PCs. The first one sports an AMD Ryzen 7 7840HS, while the other comes with a Ryzen 9 7940HS inside. Both feature a new cooling system.
PNY CS900 SATA III SSDs now up to 40% off on Amazon
Available on Amazon in no less than 9 sizes that range between 120 GB and 4 TB, the PNY CS900 SATA III SSD is now discounted between 12% (480 GB) and 40% (120 GB). This drive ships with a 7 to 9.5 mm spacer. All orders come with 90 days of Amazon Music Unlimited (only applicable to new subscribers).
Upcoming 2024 Mini Cooper Electric interior snapshots surface online
Not long after the official unveiling of this upcoming electric car's list of specs, images of the 2024 Mini Cooper Electric interior surface online, thanks to CAR Magazine. The snapshots reveal a circular touchscreen similar to the original concept, with a set of old-school climate controls below.
34-inch Samsung Odyssey G85SB QD-OLED 175 Hz curved gaming monitor drops below US$1,300 for the first time
Unveiled at the end of 2022 with a list price of US$1,499.99, the 34-inch Samsung Odyssey G85SB QD-OLED curved gaming monitor (model number LS34BG850SNXZA) is now available for US$1,299.99 via both Amazon and Samsung US. Its highlights include a 175 Hz refresh rate, a minimum response time of 0.03 ms, HDR True Black 400, and more.
32-inch Asus ROG Swift PG329Q 1440p 175 Hz 1 ms gaming monitor now available for lowest price on Amazon so far
Available on Amazon since mid-October 2020, the Asus ROG Swift PG329Q gaming monitor has been priced for a long time at US$699.99. A few days ago, it dropped to the lowest value recorded so far, which is US$483.12. According to Camelcamelcamel, its average price based on the last 50 changes is US$634.33.
Alienware x17 R2 gaming laptop with Core i9-12900H and GeForce RTX 3070 Ti drops below US$2,000
Also available with Intel Core i7-12700H and i9-12900HK processors, the Alienware x17 R2 gaming laptop with i9-12900H is now available for US$1,999.99, US$900 less than Dell's estimated value of US$2,899.99. This discounted configuration also comes with GeForce RTX 3070 Ti graphics, 16 GB RAM, a 1 TB SSD, and Windows 11 Home.
32-inch Samsung Odyssey G50A WQHD 165 Hz gaming monitor drops to its lowest price ever on Amazon
Available on Amazon since the end of February 2022, the 32-inch Samsung Odyssey G50A (model LS32AG500PNXZA) is a WQHD flat gaming monitor sporting an IPS panel with a 165 Hz refresh rate and 1 ms response time. Thanks to a 28% discount, it is now available for the lowest price so far: US$299.99.
Over 1,700 Dacia Spring recalled due to charger issues
One of the best sellers in Romania and slated for arrival in the UK next year, the Dacia Spring is now facing some charging unit-related issues. Over 1,700 units could be affected by what seems to be a software bug that could cause a dashboard alert and, in the end, prevent the car from starting.
Aging AMD Ryzen 7 5800X now 47% off on Amazon
Although it has been around since early November 2020, the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X processor is still a worthy choice for the well-established AM4 socket thanks to the good deals usually available. Those interested can get this chip on Amazon for US$239.99, thanks to a 47% discount applied to the US$449 retail price.
PlayStation 5-compatible WD Black SN850 SSD drops by 33% on Amazon
Released in late August 2022 and available in 2 TB and 1 TB sizes, the PlayStation 5-compatible WD Black SN850 PCIe NVMe SSD has list prices of US$299.99 and US$179.99 on Amazon. Thankfully, the ongoing 33% discount makes this storage solution available to those interested for US$199.99 and US$119.99.
5 TB WD My Passport portable HDD gets a solid 28% discount on Amazon
Available on Amazon since late August 2019, the WD My Passport (WDBPKJ0050BBK-WESN) is a 5 TB USB 3.0 portable hard drive that comes with 256-bit hardware encryption and a backup software solution (download needed). The ongoing 28% discount takes this piece of hardware from US$149.99 to US$107.99.
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X now 43% off on Amazon
Now bundled with 90 days of Amazon Music Unlimited instead of Uncharted: Legacy Of Thieves Collection, the AMD Ryzen 9 5900X is also down 43% from the US$569.99 list price. Thanks to this discount, those interested can grab this 12-core, 24-thread unlocked desktop processor for US$325.73.
Samsung 980 PRO 2 TB PCIe 4.0 SSD drops below US$140
Not long after its list price has finally dropped from US$379.99 to a more realistic US$159.99, the Samsung 980 PRO 2 TB SSD (MZ-V8P2T0B) drops below US$140. While the 13% discount is not impressive, the US$139.99 price makes it a pretty good deal, in line with the US$79.99 regular price tag of the 1 TB version.
Nvidia GeForce Game Ready Driver 531.79 now available with Diablo IV Server Slam support and more
Released yesterday, the Nvidia GeForce Game Ready Driver package with the label that reads 531.79 comes with full support for Diablo IV Server Slam (DLSS 2 on GeForce RTX GPUs and DLSS 3 on RTX 40 Series), DLSS 2 for Showgunners, and DLSS 3 & Reflex enhancements in the open-world FPS Redfall. Two new titles also get GeForce Experience optimal settings.
1 TB Seagate Storage Expansion Card for Xbox Series X|S drops below US$150 on Amazon
With a list price of US$219.99, the 1 TB Storage Expansion Card for Xbox Series X|S consoles is now down to US$149.99 thanks to a generous 32% discount. Thankfully, those looking for more storage can go for the 2 TB version, which is currently 30% off and can be acquired for US$279.99 instead of US$399.99.
Geoffrey Hinton leaves Google, warns about AI risks
Known for his work on artificial neural networks, Geoffrey Hinton has been with Google since March 2013, when the tech giant acquired DNNresearch Inc., his company at the time. Earlier today, he announced his departure from Google so he could talk freely about the dangers of AI, but also highlighted that he is not criticizing the tech giant.
Creative SXFI Gamer USB-C headset now 31% off on Amazon
Released back in 2020 with a US$129.99 US launch price, the Creative SXFI Gamer USB-C headset had dropped on Amazon to a US$79.99 list price about a year later. Now, it is available with a generous 31% discount which brings this headset with a pro-grade microphone down to a very tempting US$54.99.
16 TB WD Red Pro SATA HDD now 51% off on Amazon
Thanks to a massive 51% discount, the WD Red Pro NAS HDD (model WD161KFGX) is now down to a tempting US$279.99 (US$569.99 list price). This piece of storage hardware has a general rating of 4.6/5 stars after more than 3,500 validated user reviews, of which over 90% are 4-star and 5-star assessments.
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D now 27% off alongside a 90-day Amazon Music Unlimited freebie
One year since its release, the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D remains a competitive processor that provides a high level of performance for a great price. The ongoing 27% Amazon discount makes it even more tempting, and the US$325.99 price also brings 90 days of free Amazon Music Unlimited, a deal that only applies to new subscribers.
Zotac Gaming GeForce RTX 4070 Ti Trinity OC now available for US$799.99
With a list price of US$879.99, the factory overclocked Zotac Gaming GeForce RTX 4070 Ti OC video card is now down to US$799.99 thanks to a 9% discount. This is US$0.99 more than the MSRP of the reference design. Overwatch 2 Ultimate Battle Pass Bundle and 90 days free of Amazon Music Unlimited come for free.
Google Pixel 6 with 256 GB storage now 40% off on Amazon
With a list price of US$699 and over one year old, the Google Pixel 6 is an Android handset that remains very popular. Now, this smartphone is available with a generous 40% discount on Amazon. However, this tempting deal only applies to the 256 GB Stormy Black model carrying the number GA03900-US.
27-inch Acer Nitro XZ270 FHD 240 Hz 1 ms curved gaming monitor now 45% off on Amazon
Although it only features a 27-inch FHD panel, the Acer Nitro XZ270 curved gaming monitor has a refresh rate up to 240 Hz, 1 ms response time, and features a pair of HDMI inputs alongside a single DP connector. Its Amazon list price of US$329.99 is now down to US$179.99 thanks to a generous 45% discount.
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X price slashed in half on Amazon
Released back in early November 2020, the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X desktop processor now has a US$309 list price on Amazon. Thankfully, the ongoing 50% discount pushes the price of this chip down to a wallet-friendly value of US$153.60, which keeps it relevant in late April 2023. This processor ships with a Wraith Stealth cooler.
Samsung 990 PRO 2 TB PCIe 4.0 SSD now 38% off on Amazon
With sequential read speeds of almost 7,500 MB/s, the insanely fast (and accordingly priced) Samsung 990 PRO 2 TB PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD is now down by 38% on Amazon, so those interested can get it for US$179.99 instead of US$289.99. The 1 TB model is also discounted and currently goes for US$99.99 (down from US$169.99).
Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini 65% wireless gaming keyboard drops to lowest price on Amazon so far
Available on Amazon since September 2021, the Razer BlackWidow V3 Mini 65% wireless mechanical gaming keyboard features Chroma RGB lighting and up to 200 hours of battery life. With a list price of US$199.99, the Phantom Edition is now down to US$94.99, while the regular one drops from US$179.99 to US$89.99.
8 TB Seagate Barracuda HDD drops below US$100 on Amazon
Available on Amazon for almost five years, the 8 TB Seagate Barracuda hard drive reached its all-time high price of US$224.99 in early April 2019. Camelcamelcamel reveals an average price of US$140.69 based on the last 50 changes, with the lowest value being the current discounted price of US$99.99.
World of Warships 12.3 arrives with a Japanese dockyard, general access to British submarines, early access to to Pan-American cruisers, and more
The 12.3 update for Wargaming's World of Warships comes with quite a few noticeable changes, such as general access to British subs, the new Seychelles map, early access to Pan-American cruisers, the Allied Heroes collection, a fresh Battle Pass, as well as the usual set of multiple minor tweaks and fixes.
Sony Xperia 5 III is now 30% off on Amazon
Updated to Android 13 at the end of 2022 and available on Amazon since January 2022, the Sony Xperia 5 III has been discounted a few times in the last year. Those interested can get this Qualcomm Snapdragon 888-powered handset now for 30% off, so they will cash out US$698 instead of the US$999.99 retail price.
Nvidia launches the second GeForce Game Ready driver package in a week
Less than a week after the release of the driver for the new RTX 4070 GPU, Nvidia launches the GeForce Game Ready Driver software package with version number 531.68. This piece of code comes with Dead Island 2 and Star Wars Jedi: Survivor optimizations alongside support for 5 new G-Sync Compatible gaming monitors.
LG UltraGear 34GP950G-B QHD 144 Hz curved gaming monitor now 23% off on Amazon
The Nano IPS 34-inch 1440p curved gaming monitor LG 34GP950G-B is now 23% off on Amazon, so those interested can get it for US$996.99 instead of US$1,299.99. Its list of specs and features also includes a 1 ms response time, 144 Hz refresh rate, G-Sync Ultimate support, adjustable tilt/height, and more.
MediaTek Dimensity 1080-powered Doogee V30T now available for purchase at US$499.99
Following the V30 and V Max, the Doogee V30T arrives as the latest member of the brand's V series of rugged Android smartphones. Its highlights include the MediaTek Dimensity 1080 SoC, a 120 Hz display, a 108 MP main triple camera setup, all inside a tough case covered with a photochromic material.
AMD Ryzen 5 5600H-powered Minisforum Venus UM560XT now official, shipments starting next month
The latest variant of the popular Minisforum UM590 is now up for pre-order starting at US$219 (barebone). The UM560XT has an AMD Ryzen 5 5600H processor inside and up to 32 GB RAM & 1 TB SSD, in which case the price will be US$379. If everything goes as planned, shipments will start in mid-May.
Nvidia GeForce Game Ready Driver 531.61 arrives with support for the new RTX 4070 GPU
The 531.61 driver package has 735.7 MB in size and comes with full support for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070, a GPU that delivers top performance across multiple titles at 1440p resolution with all eye candy enabled. This piece of code also includes GeForce Experience optimal settings for an additional four titles.
Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition R14 gaming desktop PC is US$800 off
With a list price of US$1,799.99, the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X-powered Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition R14 gaming desktop PC also sports NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 graphics, 16 GB DDR4-3200 memory, and a 512 GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD. Dell US slashed its price to a more wallet-friendly value of US$999.99, which translates to a massive US$800 discount.
Minisforum unveils Venus NPB7 mini PC with Intel Core i7-13700H and dual 2.5 GbE connectivity
Less than a month after unveiling the brand's first mini PC with dual Ethernet ports, Minisforum is back with a second piece of hardware that packs this feature. The Venus NPB7 uses the Intel Core i7-13700H alongside up to 64 GB memory and 1 TB storage. Shipments are scheduled to begin in roughly a month.
Razer BlackShark V2 Pro wireless gaming headset now up to 38% off on Amazon
Available with three color choices, the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro wireless gaming headset is discounted between 11% and 38%. While those who choose the Six Siege finish have to pay US$178.57, customers who choose the black version only need to cash out US$111.99. The retail price is US$199.99, regardless of color.
Intel Core i5-12400 gets 23% discount on Amazon alongside the F version's 24% off
Introduced in January 2022 with US$202 and US$192 price tags, the Intel Core i5-12400 and i5-12400F desktop processors are now down to US$182.99 and US$157.00 on Amazon. These figures are the results of 23% and 24% discounts applied to the current list prices of US$237.50 and US$206.25, respectively.
Sony BRAVIA XR A90J & HT-A7000 55-inch TV and 500 W soundbar bundle is 28% off on Amazon
The US$2,796-priced bundle that brings together the Sony A90J BRAVIA XR OLED 4K HDR TV and the HT-A7000 7.1.2-channel Dolby Atmos soundbar with DTS:X and 360 spatial sound mapping is now over US$1,100 cheaper than the US$3,899.98 list price. This combo works with Alexa, Google TV, and Apple Airplay.
PlayStation 5-compatible Silicon Power XS70 4 TB NVMe SSD with heatsink drops to lowest price on Amazon so far
Although only discounted by 13%, the 4 TB Silicon Power XS70 (model number SP04KGBP44XS7005) NVMe PCIe Gen4 SSD is now at the lowest price it had on Amazon. While its current list price is US$329.99, back in early March 2022, this PlayStation 5-compatible SSD was available for no less than US$749.99.
AMD Ryzen 9 7950X is 27% off on Amazon
Introduced on Amazon at the end of last September, the AMD Ryzen 9 7950X had an MSRP of US$699 at launch. Still listed by AMD with this price (and out of stock after a recent US$100 discount), this processor is now down from US$799 to US$585.99 on Amazon thanks to a 27% discount.
Samsung 980 PRO 2 TB PCIe 4.0 SSD gets massive 61% discount on Amazon
Thanks to a very generous discount of 61%, the 2 TB Samsung 980 PRO M.2 PCIe 4.0 SSD, model MZ-V8P2T0B, is now available on Amazon for US$149.99 down from a list price of US$379.99. However, a US$5 coupon is also available to apply at checkout, so the final cost would be an even more tempting US$144.99.
BenQ Mobiuz EX3415R WQHD 144 Hz curved gaming monitor discounted by 25% on Amazon
The 34-inch BenQ Mobiuz EX3415R curved gaming monitor has been available on Amazon since March 28, 2021. Now, its price is down from the list value of US$999.99 to US$749.99, thanks to a generous 25% discount. Its highlights include a 2.1 speaker system with a 5 W subwoofer, HDRi optimization, AMD FreeSync Premium support, and more.
38-inch MSI Optix MEG381CQR Plus UWQHD+ 175 Hz curved gaming monitor 22% off on Amazon
Featuring a gaming dial and a small secondary display for easy control and monitorization of its current status, the MSI Optix MEG381CQR Plus curved gaming monitor is now down by 22% on Amazon. Thanks to it, this 38-inch monitor that comes with a camera cradle and mouse bungee can be acquired for US$1,399.99.
WD Blue SN570 M.2 NVMe SSD lineup discounted by up to 55% on Amazon
Introduced in 2021, the WD Blue SN570 is a budget M.2 NVMe SSD available in 250 GB, 500 GB, 1 TB, and 2 TB versions. Amazon's ongoing promotions for the last three sizes start at 43% for the 500 GB model, which is now US$32.99, and hit 55% for the 1 TB version, now available for a discounted price of US$49.99.
FUELL launches Flluid-2 & 3 e-bikes with up to 225-mile range
Powered using Valeo Cyclee mid-drive motors coupled with a 7-speed automatic gearbox that features predictive shifting, the Flluid-2 and Flluid-3 e-bikes can reach up to 225/110 miles on a full charge. The first 50 units will sell for US$3999 and US$3699 (Flluid-2 and Flluid-3). Shipments will start in June/July (USA/EU).
1 TB WD_BLACK AN1500 NVMe SSD add-in card now 33% off on Amazon
Available on Amazon since early October 2020, the 1 TB WD_BLACK AN1500 NVMe SSD add-in card is capable of sequential read/write speeds up to 6,500/4,100 Mb/s. This piece of hardware is covered with a 5-year limited warranty. Its US$299.99 list price is now down to US$199.99 thanks to a generous 33% discount.
Lexar NQ100 960 GB SSD hits lowest price in 30 days on Amazon at US$44.99
Covered with a 3-year limited warranty and featuring a 336 TBW endurance value, the 960 GB Lexar NQ100 SATA III SSD has a sequential read speed of up to 550 MB/s. With a list price of US$74.99, this affordable storage upgrade solution is now down by 40% on Amazon, so it can be acquired for just US$44.99, which is its lowest price in 30 days.
27-inch Dell S2722QC 4K UHD monitor now 19% off on Amazon
Available on Amazon since August 27, 2021, the 27-inch Dell S2722QC 4K UHD monitor comes with dual 3 W speakers, USB-C connectivity with 65 W PD, as well as AMD FreeSync support. With a list price of US$369.99, the S2722QC is now down by 19% on Amazon, so those interested can buy it for US$299.99.
32-inch Samsung Odyssey G65B QHD 240 Hz curved gaming monitor now 25% off on Amazon
Available on Amazon since November 2022, the Samsung Odyssey G65B is a 32-inch QHD curved gaming monitor with a 1 ms response time and 240 Hz refresh rate that delivers a DisplayHDR 600 visual experience. With a list price of US$799.99, it is now below the US$600 threshold, thanks to a 25% discount.
4 TB WD_BLACK P50 Game Drive SSD drops below US$500 on Amazon thanks to generous 33% discount
Introduced in early February 2021 and available in 500 GB to 4 TB versions, the WD_BLACK P50 Game Drive external SSD lineup is optimized for consoles, laptops, and desktops. Now, the 4 TB version is down by 33% on Amazon, so those interested can get it for US$499.99 instead of US$749.99.
Razer Ornata V2 and Ornata Chroma gaming keyboards now available for half the price
Although they have been introduced four years apart (2016 and 2020), the Razer Ornata Chroma and Ornata V2 gaming keyboards feature both hybrid mechanical key switches, customizable Chroma RGB lighting with individually backlit keys, and even the same list price of US$99.99. Thanks to a 50% discount, both are now available on Amazon for US$49.99.
Alienware AW920H tri-mode wireless gaming headset hits lowest price in 30 days on Amazon
Introduced in mid-June 2022, the Alienware AW920H wireless gaming headset can connect to a wide range of devices via a USB-C dongle or Bluetooth 5.2, but it can also be used in wired mode with the help of a 3.5 mm audio jack. With a list price of US$199.99, the AW920H is now 40% off, so it can be acquired for US$119.99.
70mai Dash Cam Omni enters the North American market
The 360-degree full-view 70mai Dash Cam Omni has just made its debut in North America. With a list price of US$199.99 for the US and CAD$279.99 for Canada, this 1080p dash camera features AI motion detection, built-in GPS and 128 GB eMMC storage, collision detection with a total buffered emergency recording of 15 seconds, and more.
Intel Core i9-12900KS hits all-time low price of US$411.99 on Amazon
Introduced less than a year ago with a release price of US$739, the Intel Core i9-12900KS desktop processor is now available on Amazon for the lowest price so far, reveals Camelcamelcamel. The US$411.99 discounted price comes as the result of a 20% discount applied to the previous list price of US$512.99.
2 TB Corsair Force MP600 Gen4 PCIe SSD 34% off on Amazon
With a list price of US$449.99, the 2 TB Corsair Force MP600 Gen4 PCIe x4 NVMe M.2 SSD is now down to US$297.99 on Amazon. This SSD delivers sequential write/read speeds of up to 4,950/4,250 MB/s and comes with a generous aluminum heatsink that allows this piece of hardware to provide top performance under heavy load for prolonged periods.
Samsung 970 EVO Plus 1 TB SSD hits lowest price ever at US$55
With a list price of US$69.99, the 1 TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus SSD has dropped just 21% to the discounted value of US$55. However, today's new deal pushes this SSD to its lowest price so far, according to Amazon price tracker Camelcamelcamel. The same source shows an average price of US$102.53 since late January 2019.
PlayStation 5-compatible Kingston Fury Renegade 4 TB NVMe SSD with heatsink now 29% off on Amazon
Unleashed at the end of October 2022, the Kingston Fury Renegade lineup of PCIe Gen 4x4 NVMe SSDs is available in capacities from 500 GB to 4 TB, each with a heatsink or a low-profile heat spreader. The PlayStation 5-compatible 4 TB model with heatsink is now 29% off, so it can be purchased for US$451.86 instead of US$634.99.
Razer Nari Ultimate wireless 7.1 surround sound gaming headset gets 50% discount on Amazon
Compatible with PCs and consoles, the Razer Nari Ultimate wireless 7.1 surround sound gaming headset has been available since late September 2018. With a list price of US$199.99, this stylish headset with THX Audio, haptic feedback, self-adjusting headband, and retractable mic is now down to US$100.45 on Amazon.
Nvidia GeForce Game Ready Driver 531.41 now available with support for DLSS 2-enhanced Diablo IV open beta and more
In addition to getting their systems ready for Diablo IV's open beta release with DLSS 2 enhancements, the 531.41 driver package also provides the users of Nvidia GPUs with support for Forza Horizon 5's DLSS 3 update, the technology preview of Ray Tracing: Overdrive Mode coming April 11 to Cyberpunk 2077, one-click optimal settings for new titles, and more.
49-inch Samsung Odyssey CRG9 DQHD 120 Hz curved gaming monitor now 33% off on Amazon
With a list price of US$1,199.99, the 49-inch Samsung Odyssey CRG9, model LC49RG90SSNXZA, is now down to US$799.96 on Amazon thanks to a 33% discount. With a brightness of 1,000 nits and a 95% DCI-P3 color gamut, this curved gaming monitor delivers an amazing 5,120 X 1,440-pixel visual experience.
Sennheiser CX Plus Special Edition ANC TWS earbuds get massive 56% discount on Amazon
Featuring active noise cancelation alongside a total battery life of 24 hours, the Sennheiser CX Plus Special Edition TWS earbuds also feature audio transparency and come bundled with ear tips in four sizes. With a list price of US$179.95, they are now down by 56%, so those interested can grab them off Amazon for US$79.95.
2 TB Sabrent Rocket NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD hits lowest price in 30 days on Amazon
Launched back in 2019 and available in 500 GB, 1 TB, and 2 TB sizes, the Sabrent Rocket NVMe PCIe 4.0 M.2 2280 SSD is one of the fastest pieces of hardware in its class. With a list price of US$299.99, the 2 TB version is down to the lowest price in 30 days on Amazon thanks to a 40% discount, so now it goes for US$179.99.
Dell P2222H FHD IPS office monitor now 49% off on Amazon
Introduced last year, the Dell P2222H is a 60 Hz monitor focused on productivity. It features a stand with height, tilt, swivel, pivot adjustments, multiple inputs (HDMI, DP, VGA), as well as a USB hub with one upstream and four downstream 5 Gbps ports. Thanks to a 49% price cut, it can be acquired from Amazon for just US$168.99.
Opera and Opera GX get AI-powered tools
With yesterday's update, Opera Browser and Opera GX received a set of AI-powered tools. Now in a public testing stage, these features include sidebar access to ChatGPT and ChatSonic, as well as smart AI Prompts, which allow the user to shorten or explain the selected paragraph, word/expression, or entire page/article.
Asus TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 4080 OC Edition gets US$200 discount on Amazon
Featuring military-grade capacitors rated to last for 20,000 hours at 105 degrees Celsius, the Asus TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 4080 OC Edition video card is now 14% off on Amazon. This discount brings the price of this factory overclocked card down to US$1,199, which is the launch price of the reference design.
Samsung 870 QVO SATA III SSD lineup discounted by up to 48% on Amazon
With the lowest price in 30 days for the 4 TB model, which is 40% down from US$429.99 to US$258, the old-school Samsung 870 QVO SATA III SSD family is now down by up to 48% on Amazon. This discount applies to the 1 TB model. Thanks to it, the price drops from US$134.99 to US$69.99.
Samsung ViewFinity UJ59 4K UHD monitor 21% off
Available since late April 2018, the 32-inch Samsung UJ59 4K UHD monitor with the model number LU32J590UQNXZA is now discounted by 21%. From a list price of US$339.99, this LED monitor with a 60 Hz refresh rate is down to US$269.99, a price available for the time being from both Amazon and Samsung US.
Asus TUF Gaming VG28UQL1A 28-inch 4K 144 Hz gaming monitor now 20% off on Amazon
Available on Amazon since September 2021, the Asus TUF Gaming VG28UQL1A gaming monitor has a 28-inch display size with 3,840 X 2,160 pixels, 144 Hz refresh, 1 ms GtG response time, as well as G-Sync, FreeSync Premium, and Variable Overdrive support. The ongoing 20% discount has pushed the US$749 list price to US$599.
8 TB Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD falls below US$1,000 on Amazon
Developed in the United States and available on Amazon for less than a year, the Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus NVMe PCIe 4.0 8 TB SSD can reach 7,100 MB/s and 6,600 MB/s when reading/writing data while used on a PCIe Gen4 motherboard. The US$1,499.99 list price is now down to the lowest value in 30 days, so those interested can get it for US$999.99.
65-inch Samsung S95B OLED 4K TV now 40% off on Amazon
Also available in a 55-inch variant, the 65-inch Samsung S95B smart TV with Alexa built-in features an AI-powered processor with high-quality 4K upscaling, Dolby Atmos, 120 Hz refresh, as well as support for Bixby and Google Assistant. The ongoing 40% discount pushes the US$2,997.99 Amazon list price to US$1,797.99.
LG 34WP75C-B.AUS 160 Hz ultrawide curved monitor now below US$400 on Amazon
Previously priced at US$597.48 on Amazon and US$599.99 on LG's US online store, the 34-inch curved ultrawide 34WP75C-B.AUS monitor is now available on Amazon for just US$396.99. Its highlights include AMD FreeSync Premium support, HDR10, sRGB 99% color gamut, two 7 W speakers, 65 W Power Delivery, and more.
Acer Nitro ED240Q curved gaming monitor gets 33% discount on Amazon
Available for purchase since June 2022, the Acer Nitro ED240Q Sbiip curved gaming monitor is a budget solution that provides AMD FreeSync Premium support, 165 Hz refresh, and a minimum response rate of 1 ms. The US$179.99 list price of this 23.6-inch monitor is now down by 33%, so it can be acquired via Amazon for US$119.99.
MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo with Intel Core i7-1185G7 now 22% off on Amazon
Introduced in early 2021, the MSI Summit E13 Flip Evo is a professional laptop with a 13-inch touchscreen display, Intel Core i7-1185G7 processor alongside Iris Xe graphics, 32 GB of memory, and a 1 TB NVMe SSD. Running Windows 10 Pro out of the box, this machine is now down from US$1,799 to US$1,399 thanks to a 22% discount.
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 with Ryzen 9 5900HX and GeForce RTX 3080 hits lowest price in 30 days on Amazon thanks to a 25% discount
Discounted below the US$1,500 threshold on Newegg earlier this month, the Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 with AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080, 16 GB memory and 1 TB SSD storage is now 26% off on Amazon. This discount pushes the US$1,999.99 list price to US$1,499.99, which is also the lowest price in 30 days.
ASRock Z690 Pro RS LGA 1700 motherboard drops by 26% on Amazon
Released back in November 2021, the ASRock Z690 Pro RS LGA 1700 motherboard remains a tempting Z690 solution compatible with 13th Gen Intel Core processors. While only compatible with DDR4 memory, the discounted price of US$184.59 makes this piece of hardware an even better deal than before.
Samsung 970 EVO Plus 2 TB SSD now below US$130 thanks to massive 74% discount
While considered an outdated piece of tech that is no longer relevant in 2023 by many consumers, the Samsung 970 EVO Plus 2 TB PCIe 3.0 SSD is now attractive once again thanks to an insane discount of almost 75%. Listed on Amazon with a US$499.99 price tag, this SSD is down to a pocket-friendly value of just US$129.99.
Novoo launches (allegedly) world's first SuperVOOC 67W GaN charger
Those looking for an affordable yet reliable and reasonably fast charger that works with multiple devices can choose the new Novoo RG67. Released earlier this week, this is a SuperVOOC 67 W GaN charger with a price tag of US$31.99 that works with smartphones, tablets, the Nintendo Switch console, and even the Macbook Air or Microsoft Surface Book 2.
Amazon Fire TV 4-Series lineup now up to 36% off
Aiming to provide a budget-friendly Alexa-driven experience to its users, the Amazon Fire TV 4-Series comes in 43, 50, and 55-inch screen sizes. The ongoing discounts of over 30% offered by Amazon on all three models bring their prices between US$249.99 and US$359.99, down from MSRP values of US$369.99-US$519.99.
34-inch Dell S3422DW curved monitor drops to lowest price in 30 days on Amazon
Although the 100 Hz refresh rate and minimum response time of 4 ms GtG do not make it suitable for the needs of pretentious gamers, the Dell S3422DW is a good choice for many scenarios, including multimedia consumption and office tasks. With a list price of US$479.99, it is now down to US$349.99 on both Amazon and Dell US.
Nvidia GeForce Game Ready Driver 531.29 arrives without any visible changes, fixing stability and high CPU usage issues in 531.18
Although the stability issues in Assassin’s Creed Origins and a few other problems remain unresolved, the 531.29 Game Ready Driver package for Nvidia GeForce GPUs comes to patch bugs such as high CPU usage after exiting games, Adobe application instability, as well as GeForce GTX 10/MX250/350 series mobile GPUs stability issues.
MediaTek Helio G99-powered Doogee R10 rugged tablet coming in May
Although some details are still missing for the time being, it has just been confirmed by Doogee that the brand's first rugged tablet will arrive in May. Next to the Helio G99 processor, its highlights include a 10.36-inch 2K display, a 20 MP Sony camera, Widevine L1 support, and Android 13.
31.5-inch Dell UltraSharp U3223QE 4K UHD monitor gets 27% discount on Amazon
Available since last March, the Dell UltraSharp U3223QE is a 31.5-inch IPS monitor with a generous resolution of 3840 X 2160 pixels, 100% Rec 709 and sRGB color gamut, as well as a rich set of connectivity options. The ongoing 27% Amazon discount takes this US$1,149.99 piece of hardware down to US$835.79.
MSI Prestige 14 Evo with Intel Core i5-1135G7 now 32% off on Amazon
With a list price of US$1,099, the MSI Prestige 14 Evo professional laptop with Intel Core i5-1135G7 and Iris Xe graphics alongside 16/512GB memory/NVMe SSD has been around since mid-October 2020. Now, a generous 32% Amazon discount brings the A11M-221 model of this lightweight machine down to US$750.
14 TB Western Digital Purple surveillance HDD hits lowest Amazon price in 30 days
Introduced on the market at the end of November 2019, the 14 TB Western Digital Purple HDD is optimized for surveillance tasks with design traits that ensure long-term reliability while in use 24/7. With a list price of US$319.99 and a mid-2021 peak of almost US$600, the WD140PURZ model retails now at US$279.99.
Popular 27-inch Acer KB272HL Hbi monitor discounted by 25% on Amazon
Available for purchase since late September 2020, the Acer KB272HL Hbi is a 27-inch FHD monitor with a VA panel, AMD FreeSync support, 75 Hz refresh, and 1 ms response time. With a list price of US$159.99, it is now available with a 25% discount on Amazon, so those interested can get it for US$119.99.
49-inch Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 G95NA curved gaming monitor now 37% off on Amazon
The 49-inch Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 G95NA curved gaming monitor has been around since late July 2021 and features a 240 Hz refresh rate, 1 ms response time, and compatibility with both G-Sync and FreeSync Premium Pro. Now, its US$2,299.99 list price is down to US$1,449.99 thanks to a massive 37% discount.
Acer Predator Triton 500 SE with Core i9-12900H and RTX 3080 Ti hits lowest price in 30 days on Amazon
Advertised by Acer as a slim gaming laptop, the 0.8-inch thin Predator Triton 500 SE has been available since mid-2022 with Alder Lake processor options and GeForce RTX 3000 series GPUs. With a list price of US$2,999.99, the model with Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti, 32 GB LPDDR5 memory, and a 1 TB SSD is now down to US$2,499.99.
34-inch Samsung SJ55W ultrawide gaming monitor now 20% off on Amazon
Using a 34-inch VA panel with 3,440 X 1,440 pixels, the Samsung SJ55W monitor also features AMD FreeSync support, a 75 Hz refresh rate, 4 ms response time (GtG), as well as multitasking split screen functions such as PBP and PIP. The ongoing 20% Amazon discount pushes the US$329.99 list price down to US$264.06.
34-inch Dell S3422DWG curved gaming monitor now 26% off on Amazon
Also available from Dell for US$499.99, the 34-inch Dell S3422DWG curved gaming monitor has the same list price on Amazon, but the ongoing 26% discount pushes it to a more convenient US$367.99. This monitor has a 1800R curve, a refresh rate of 144 Hz, and a resolution of 3,440 X 1,440 pixels.
Sharkoon launches brand's first AIO water cooling solutions
With the trio that consists of the S70 RGB, S80 RGB, and S90 RGB, Sharkoon takes the brand's first step into the AIO CPU water-cooling solutions market. All three feature addressable RGB PWM fans and a copper plate for heat dissipation. The prices range between 79.90 and 129.90 Euros (US$84.5 to US$137.3).
War Thunder 2.25 ''Sky Guardians" now available with new graphical effects, first French ships, and more
Unleashed earlier today, War Thunder 2.25 "Sky Guardians" comes with the first French ships and the super-heavy Char FCM 2C tank, 18 new and updated aircraft, new locations and missions, as well as updated visual effects. The size of the full game client has broken the 100 GB barrier, but a minimal install needs less than 17 GB.
Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro with Intel Core i5-1240P drops to lowest price in 30 days on Amazon
The 15.6-inch Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro with Intel Core i5-1240P processor, FHD AMOLED display, 8/256 GB of memory/storage, and Windows 11 Home arrived on the market last year. Thanks to a 28% discount, the US$1,249.99 Amazon list price is now down to US$899, which is the lowest figure in 30 days.
AMD Ryzen 5 7600X now 21% off on Amazon
Introduced in late September 2022 with a US$299 list price, the AMD Ryzen 5 7600X desktop processor is now down to US$237 on Amazon, thanks to a 21% discount. Although it comes with integrated Radeon graphics, this 5 nm chip with a typical 105 W TDP does not retail bundled with a cooling solution.
Cooler Master Silencio S600 mid-tower case now 43% off on Amazon
With features such as an integrated SD card reader, a sound-dampened steel side panel alongside a reversible front panel, and a pair of 120 mm PWM fans, the Cooler Master Silencio S600 mid-tower ATX case's list price of US$129.99 is not bad. Now, it is available on Amazon for US$73.99, thanks to a 43% discount.
Bose Frames Tempo sport audio sunglasses now 50% off
Released in 2020, the Bose Frames Tempo sport audio sunglasses feature interchangeable polarized lenses, support for the Bose Music app with personalized settings and new features, a playtime of up to 8 hours per charge, as well IPX4-level water resistance. The US$249 list price is now down to US$124.50.
Moto G Stylus 5G (2022) now available on Amazon for just US$249.99
Released in the US back in late April 2022, the Moto G Stylus 5G (2022) is an Android 12 mid-ranger that uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G SoC and features a generous 6.8-inch 120 Hz IPS display. With a launch price of US$499.99, it is now down by a massive 50% on Amazon, so those interested can get it for US$249.99.
Nvidia GeForce Game Ready Driver 531.18 now available with RTX Video Super Resolution and more
The new driver package for GeForce GPUs arrived yesterday and, in addition to various optimizations for titles such as Atomic Heart or The Finals, it packs RTX Video Super Resolution support. This technology upscales videos and removes artifacts in Chrome or Edge across multiple streaming platforms.
HP Pavilion 15 with Intel Core i7-1165G7 drops below US$700 on Amazon
Previously listed with a US$944.99 price tag, the HP Pavilion 15 laptop with Intel Core i7-1165G7 processor, 16/512 GB of memory/storage, FHD IPS micro-edge display, and Windows 11 Pro preloaded is now down to US$699 on Amazon. This quite tempting price is the result of a generous 26% discount.
Asus ZenBook 14 with Intel Core i7-1165G7 gets generous 26% discount on Amazon
Introduced as one of the first laptops to use the Intel Tiger Lake architecture, the Intel Core i7-1165G7-powered Asus ZenBook 14, model UX425EA-EH71, comes with 8 GB of memory, a 512 GB PCIe SSD, and Windows 10 Home. This MIL-STD-810G-certified 14-inch lightweight laptop is now down to US$716.97 thanks to a 26% discount.
Gigabyte Aorus Gen4 7000s 2 TB PCIe 4.0 NVMe M.2 SSD drops by 48% on Amazon
From a list price of US$329.99, the 2 TB version of the Gigabyte Aorus Gen4 7000s PCIe 4.0 NVMe M.2 SSD is now down to US$169.99. This SSD features AES-256 encryption support, is compatible with the Sony PlayStation 5 console, and delivers sequential read/write speeds of up to 7000/5500 MB/s.
Dell XPS 15 9520 with Intel Core i7-12700H and GeForce RTX 3050 now 21% off
With a list price of almost US$1,900, the Dell XPS 15 9520 laptop with Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 graphics, and 16/512 GB of memory/storage is now down to US$$1,499. While Dell US provides this generous 21% discount, Amazon has no discount for this setup, which is listed for US$1,743.99.
Twitter decimates its workforce
Insiders familiar with the matter revealed that at least 200 Twitter employees were laid off on Saturday night. Since the company had about 2,000 employees last week, this would account for about 10% of its remaining workforce. Back in October, when Elon Musk took over, about 7,500 people were working at Twitter.
Asus ZenBook 13 OLED with AMD Ryzen 7 5700U is 28% off on Amazon
With a list price of US$899.99, the Asus ZenBook 13 OLED ultra-slim laptop is now down to US$647.03 on Amazon thanks to a generous discount. The model UM325UA-DH71 comes in Pine Grey finish, loaded with Windows 11 Home and driven by the AMD Ryzen 7 5700U processor alongside 8 GB RAM and a 512 GB SSD.
Asus ZenBook Pro 16X OLED drops to lowest price in 30 days thanks to 25% discount
With a list price of almost US$3,000, the Asus ZenBook Pro 16X OLED currently discounted by 25% on Amazon is now down to US$2,254, which is also the lowest price in 30 days. This model sports a 16-inch 4K OLED touchscreen display, Core i9-12900H & GeForce RTX 3060, 32 GB of memory, and 2 TB of storage space.
Sharkoon RGB Hex ATX case arrives with 3D hexagon design
Featuring no less than half a dozen pre-installed addressable RGB LED fans, the Sharkoon RGB Hex ATX case also packs an air-permeable front panel with a 3D hexagon design alongside a tempered glass side panel. The manufacturer's suggested price tag shows a value of 84.9 Euros (roughly US$90).
Klipsch T5 II Sport PGA Edition TWS earbuds hit lowest price in 30 days on Amazon after massive 60% discount
With a list price of US$249.99, the Klipsch T5 II Sport PGA Edition TWS ANC earbuds come inside a rugged waterproof and dustproof case that features a built-in moisture removal system. The ongoing 60% discount brings them down to the lowest price in 30 days on Amazon, so those interested can get them for just US$99.
Doogee unveils MediaTek Helio G99-powered S100 rugged smartphone
Targeting outdoor lovers like most of its siblings, the Doogee S100 has just been unveiled with a MediaTek Helio G99 processor inside, 66 W fast charging, as well as no less than 12 GB of memory and 256 GB UFS 2.2 storage. This MIL-STD-810H-certified handset is expected to launch in the second half of March.
Dell discounts Alienware AW2523HF gaming monitor by 33%
With a list price of US$449.99, Dell's Alienware AW2523HF gaming monitor delivers a set of highlights targeting the esports gaming community, such as 360 Hz refresh, 0.5 ms response time, an integrated headphone hanger, and a stand designed to avoid cable entanglement. Now, it can be acquired for a wallet-friendly US$299.99.
27-inch Samsung Odyssey G7 curved gaming monitor drops below US$500 on Amazon
Released back in mid-2020, the 27-inch Samsung Odyssey G7 remains an interesting choice in 2023 as well. This WQHD curved gaming monitor with a 240 Hz refresh rate and 1 ms response time supports both G-Sync and FreeSync Premium Pro. The ongoing 29% discount takes the US$699.99 list price down to US$499.99.
SAMSUNG T7 Shield portable SSD lineup now up to 48% off on Amazon
Compatible with a wide range of devices, including smartphones and consoles, thanks to the USB-C interface, the rugged Samsung T7 Shield SSD arrived back in late April 2022 in 1 TB and 2 TB versions. A 4 TB has been added to the lineup a few months later. Now, all are discounted by up to 48% (for the 2 TB, Beige model).
Subscription plan for Instagram and Facebook coming later this week
In a move supposed to help users protect themselves from impersonation and to gain direct access to customer support, Meta Verified is rolling out this week to increase security across the brand's services. Australia and New Zealand will be the first countries to get it, for a monthly price of US$11.99 (web) and US$14.99 (iOS).
Intel Core i9-12900K gets 20% discount on Amazon
Although a 20% price drop might not seem impressive, it should also be taken into account that the Intel Core i9-12900K had a list price of US$707.50 on Amazon back in December. The current list price of US$439.99 is noticeably lower than the US$599 launch price, so this chip is now down to US$354.05.
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D now 28% off on Amazon
Released at the end of April 2022 carrying a price tag that read US$449, the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X3D is an 8-core, 16-thread desktop processor with an excellent Amazon global rating of 4.8/5 after 1,302 user reviews. Thanks to the ongoing 28% discount, those interested can acquire it now for US$323.
Japan's digital yen to begin testing in April, official launch not in sight for now
While the crypto market continues to struggle, Japanese authorities are planning to test the use of an official digital coin. The country's central bank revealed that a digital yen will be tested starting in April. Last year, China completed the first test of its e-CNY central bank digital currency (CDBC).
MSI Pulse GL66 gaming laptop with Core i7-12700H and RTX 3070 is 23% off on Amazon
Released at the end of January 2022, the Core i7-12700H/RTX 3070-driven MSI Pulse GL66 gaming laptop is available on Amazon in four configurations. However, only the one with 16/512 GB of memory/storage is discounted. With a list price of US$1,599, the 12UGKV-464 model is now down to US$1,226.99, after a 23% discount.
LG UltraGear 32GQ950-B UHD 144 Hz gaming monitor now 23% off on Amazon
With a list price of US$1,299.99, the LG UltraGear 32GQ950-B is a gaming monitor compatible with both NVIDIA G-Sync and AMD FreeSync Premium Pro. Its highlights include VESA DisplayHDR 1000 compliance, 1 ms response time, 144 Hz refresh, and a new price of US$996.99, which is the result of a generous 23% discount.
Gigabyte Aorus FV43U 43-inch 144 Hz gaming monitor drops by 36% on Amazon
Offering a generous 43-inch diagonal, the NVIDIA G-Sync compatible Gigabyte Aorus FV43U monitor targets gamers with a fast response time of 1 ms, 144 Hz refresh rate, and a typical brightness of 300 nits. While Amazon shows a list price of US$1,099.99, it is now down to US$699.99, thanks to a 36% discount.
Dell S2721QS 4K UHD monitor now 24% off on Amazon
Released at the end of July 2020, the Dell S2721QS is a popular 27-inch 4K UHD ultra-thin bezel monitor that sports an IPS panel with 99% sRGB color gamut, AMD FreeSync support, built-in dual 3 W speakers, and more. The US$329.99 Amazon list price has dropped below the US$250 threshold thanks to a 24% discount.
Razer Blade 14 with Ryzen 9 6900HX and GeForce RTX 3070 Ti now US$500 off on Amazon
With a list price of US$2,599.99, the Razer Blade 14 gaming laptop brings together the AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX processor and the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti graphics card in a compact package. Now, Amazon is offering a 19% discount that brings the aforementioned figure down by roughly US$500, to US$2,099.17.
World of Warships 12.1 now available with early access to US hybrid battleships, British submarines, and more
Wargaming's World of Warships is moving forward with a new update that includes the usual under-the-hood tweaks and fixes, as well as early access to British subs, the Statue of Liberty commander, US hybrid battleships, global combat missions, an updated Domination mode, rebalanced unique upgrades, and more.
Samsung Odyssey G70A gaming monitor now 25% off on Amazon
Offering both NVIDIA G-Sync and AMD FreeSync Premium support, the 28-inch Samsung Odyssey G70A 4K UHD LED gaming monitor has a 144 Hz refresh rate, 1 ms GtG response time, and delivers a DisplayHDR 400-level visual experience. The 25% ongoing discount takes the US$799.99 list price down to US$599.99.
Dell XPS 8950 desktop PC with Intel Core i7-12700 and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 33% off on Amazon
With a list price of US$2,349, the Dell XPS 8950 desktop PC now discounted on Amazon sports 64 GB of DDR5 memory, 2 TB of storage, as well as the Intel Core i7-12700 processor and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti graphics card. The ongoing 33% discount takes the price down to a more affordable US$1,585.
Doogee V Max available for US$329.99 between February 13 and February 17
Available for pre-order since late January, the gargantuan Doogee V Max will start shipping just in time for Valentine's Day, but will also get a special price on this occasion. Starting February 13, those interested in this massive handset with a 22,000 mAh battery can take advantage of prices as low as US$329.99.
Minisforum Mars MC560 teleconference mini PC with updated CPU goes on presale
Announced in December 2022 with an AMD Ryzen 5 5600U processor and integrating a 2.5k HDR webcam, dual speakers, as well as a dual microphone array, the Minisforum Mars MC560 is now up for sale. However, the processor used is the slightly faster AMD Ryzen 5 5625U. The early bird prices are US$399 (16/512 GB) and US$458 (32/512 GB).
BenQ Mobiuz EX2710Q 1440p 165 Hz gaming monitor now 25% off
With a list price of US$399.99, the AMD FreeSync Premium-certified BenQ Mobiuz EX2710Q is a generous multimedia package that includes a 1440p 165 Hz IPS display and a 2 X 2 W + 5 W 2.1 audio system. It comes with a 3-year limited warranty and the ongoing 25% discount takes its price down to US$299.99.
NVIDIA GeForce Game Ready Driver 528.49 arrives with support for GeForce RTX 40 series laptops and more
The latest version of the GeForce Game Ready Driver software package from NVIDIA arrived yesterday alongside the GeForce RTX 4090 and 4080 for laptops. In addition to optimizations for these mobile GPUs, the new driver comes with support for DLSS and Reflex in various titles, 10 new G-Sync compatible displays, and more.
LG UltraFine OLED Pro 27EP950-B monitor hits lowest price in 30 days
With a whopping list price of no less than US$2,999.99 and features like hardware color calibration and True 10-bit color, the LG UltraFine OLED Pro 27EP950-B monitor targets the professional audience. Now, a generous discount of 40% brings this piece of hardware down to US$1,796.99, its lowest price on Amazon in 30 days.
Beats Studio 3 drop by a whopping 43% on Amazon
Available in quite a few different colors, the Beats Studio 3 wireless ANC over-ear headphones have a list price of US$349.95. Amazon customers can get four of the seven versions for US$199.95, thanks to the ongoing 43% discount. The remaining color choices are also available for less than US$300.
Skullcandy Indy Evo TWS earbuds get up to 57% discounts on Amazon
Although listed with different prices for each color choice, the Skullcandy Indy Evo TWS earbuds are now down by up to 57% on Amazon. This discount applies to the grey version, which carries a US$29.99 discounted price tag. However, the cheapest color choice is green mint, available for US$29.13.
Minisforum unveils NUCG5 mini PC with Intel Core i5-1240P and dual Thunderbolt 4
With pre-order prices starting at US$579, the Minisforum NUCG5 mini PC comes with the Intel Core i5-1240P processor, Iris Xe graphics, dual Thunderbolt 4, up to 64 GB of memory and 2 TB PCIe 3.0 SSD storage. It runs Windows 11 Pro out of the box. Shipments are scheduled to begin next month.
MSI Katana GF66 gaming laptop with Core i7-12650H and RTX 3050 Ti hits lowest price in 30 days
Now down below the US$900 threshold thanks to a generous 22% Amazon discount, the MSI Katana GF66 gaming laptop is a deal worth checking out. This 15.6-inch machine comes with Intel Core i7-12650H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti graphics, 16 GB memory, 512 GB SSD, and runs Windows 11 Home out of the box.
Dell UltraSharp U2723QE 4K UHD monitor now 34% off on Amazon
Released at the end of March 2022 alongside the 32-inch UltraSharp U3223QE as the first two monitors to feature LG's IPS Black technology which provides a contrast ratio of 2000:1, the Dell UltraSharp U2723QE is now available on Amazon for US$518.00. This is the result of a 34% discount on the US$779.99 list price.
Samsung Odyssey G32A gaming monitor now 25% off on Amazon
With highlights like 1 ms response time, 165 Hz refresh, AMD FreeSync Premium, as well as Eye Saver Mode, the 32-inch Samsung Odyssey G32A gaming monitor has a list price of US$329.99. Now, both Amazon and Samsung US have it on sale with similar discounts that push the price below the US$250 mark.
Asus ROG Fusion II 500 gaming headset with Hi-Res Quad DAC now 28% off on Amazon
Released in early March 2022, the Asus ROG Fusion II 500 gaming headset features the Hi-Res ESS 9280 Quad DAC that provides an impressive 130 dB SNR value, virtual 7.1 surround, and a noise-canceling AI beamforming microphone. The ongoing 28% discount takes the US$179.99 price down to US$129.99.
Sharkoon intros M30 Black & M30 RGB ATX cases for office and gaming
Coming as the followers of the M25 series, the M30 Black and M30 RGB ATX cases by Sharkoon target two distinct markets, namely office and gaming. While the M30 Black sports a straightforward design without any special treats, the M30 RGB arrives with two pre-installed RGB fans and a transparent side panel.
Samsung Galaxy S23 images and details leak online thanks to AT&T
While the next Galaxy Unpacked event remains scheduled for the first day of February, AT&T has just managed to publish the product page for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S23 (likely the Plus variant) by accident. The listing revealed green, lavender, cream, and black finish options as well as various technical details, but it was removed in the meantime.
Lenovo Legion H500 Pro 7.1 gaming headset gets massive 47% discount on Amazon
With a list price of US$99.99, the Lenovo Legion H500 Pro 7.1 is a surround sound wired gaming headset described as "the ultimate tool for pro gamers" that features 50 mm drivers and a passive noise-canceling retractable microphone. It works with PCs, mobile devices, and consoles. The discounted price tag reads US$52.99.
Kingston Fury Renegade Silver DDR5-6400 memory now 44% off on Amazon
The Intel XMP 3.0-certified Kingston Fury Renegade DDR5-6400 memory for desktops is now 44% off on Amazon, so it can be acquired for the lowest price in 30 days. The single 16 GB module is now down to US$91.99, while the 2 X 16 GB kit has a US$184.99 price tag. The 6000 MHz variant of this kit is also discounted by 42%.
Zotac Gaming GeForce RTX 4090 Trinity OC 24GB drops below US$1,800 on Amazon
Although the launch price of the reference design was US$1,599, finding the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 below US$1,800 is quite tricky, especially when talking about custom designs. In this case, the Zotac Gaming GeForce RTX 4090 Trinity OC 24GB is 13% off on Amazon, dropping from US$2,077.67 to US$1,799.67.
LG 34WQ60C-B.AUS Curved UltraWide monitor now 41% off on Amazon
With a list price of US$499.99, the 34-inch LG 34WQ60C-B.AUS Curved UltraWide monitor is now at the lowest price in 30 days. Thanks to the ongoing 41% discount, Amazon has it for sale at just US$296.99. This monitor features HDR10, AMD FreeSync Premium, OnScreen Control, sRGB 99% color gamut, Dual Controller, and much more.
Bitcoin went up 37% in the last month
After climbing more than US$6,000 in the last 30 days, Bitcoin has reached a price of over US$23,000. While this translates to a solid growth of around 37%, there is a long road ahead until the all-time high value of US$68,789.63. For now, the value of the world's first cryptocurrency is 66% below its ATH.
Free-to-play online multiplayer title Warlander hits Steam
Featuring multiplayer skirmishes and castle sieges that bring together up to 100 players, Warlander includes a medieval-inspired setting with supernatural items and abilities, as well as powerful robots. This free-to-play title is now available on Steam, with PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series consoles scheduled to follow in April.
NVIDIA GeForce Game Ready Driver 528.24 now available with DLSS 3 support in Hitman 3, Marvel's Midnight Suns, and more
Introduced yesterday, version 528.24 of NVIDIA's GeForce Game Ready Driver package provides support for the DLSS 3 updates scheduled to arrive soon in Hitman 3 and Marvel's Midnight Suns. It also comes with pre-release optimizations for other titles with day-1 DLSS support, such as Dead Space, Forspoken, and Deliver Us Mars.
Dell Inspiron 14 5420 with Intel Core i5-1235U and 8/512 GB now 21% off on Amazon
Also available with a 12th gen Intel Core i7-1255U processor inside, the 14-inch Dell Inspiron 14 5420 gets a generous 21% discount on Amazon for the model that uses the less powerful Intel Core i5-1235U chip. Thanks to this deal, the US$799.99 list price is now down to a more affordable US$629.98.
Razer Blade Pro 17 with Intel Core i7-9750H and GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q now 25% off on Amazon
The RZ09-03148E02-R3U1 Razer Blade Pro 17 model arrived in 2019 with Intel Core i7-9750H and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q inside. Although quite outdated from a gaming perspective, it can still act as a capable desktop replacement and the ongoing 25% Amazon discount makes it an interesting choice.
Insane Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 configuration (64 GB, 2 X 8 TB) hits Amazon priced accordingly
With more "affordable" configurations that start just north of US$4,000, the Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 upgraded by GreatPriceTech tops at no less than US$8,568. For this price, Amazon customers can get the 64 GB/2 X 8 TB version of this laptop with AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080, as well as a mouse and a pad.
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 hits lowest price in 30 days on Amazon thanks to a massive 35% discount
Bringing together the AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS processor and NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 3060, the Asus ROG Zephyrus G15, model GA503QMBS94Q, also sports 16 GB memory and 1 TB internal storage. The Amazon list price of US$1,987.99 is now down by 35%, so those interested can get this gaming laptop for US$1,289.99.
Lenovo Legion Y25-25 gaming monitor 21% off on Amazon
With a list price of US$339.99, the Lenovo Legion Y25-25 is now available on Amazon for US$269. This 24.5-inch FHD gaming monitor sports a 240 Hz refresh rate, 1 ms response time, NVIDIA G-Sync and AMD FreeSync Premium compatibility, as well as a 99% sRGB color gamut. It also has a hook for headphones and 4 X USB 3.2 ports.
MSI Stealth GS77 with Intel Core i9-12900H and GeForce RTX 3080 Ti gets 24% discount on Amazon
On sale at US$3,199.99 for a limited time on MSI's website (down from US$3,499.99), the MSI Stealth GS77 gaming laptop with Intel Core i9-12900H and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti is available on Amazon with a 24% discount. While the final price is the same, Amazon's list price of US$4,199.00 is much higher.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Complete Edition can be acquired for US$9.99
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is one of the best-selling video games in history, with more than 40 million copies sold. Now "enhanced with numerous visual and technical improvements," the Complete Edition of this title that arrived back in 2015 brings together the base game and its two expansions for 80% off.
GTA: The Trilogy Definitive Edition available for half the price on Steam until next month
Confirming a series of leaks and rumors, GTA: The Trilogy Definitive Edition is finally available on Steam and also playable on Steam Deck. Although this buggy remasters bundle that arrived in November 2021 hasn't received any fixes for roughly a year, at least it can be acquired for half the price until February 2.
Razer Blade Pro 17 with Intel Core i7-10875H and GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q now up to 31% off on Amazon
Unveiled in 2020 as the first gaming laptop to feature a 300 Hz refresh rate option on a 17.3-inch display, the Razer Blade Pro 17 with Intel Core i7-10875H and GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q is no longer a high-end gaming laptop. However, it remains a worthy desktop replacement thanks to the ongoing US$1,000 discount for the two display options available.
Asus TUF Gaming A17 gaming laptop with Ryzen 7 6800H and GeForce RTX 3060 gets 20% discount on Amazon
Unveiled earlier this month at CES 2023, the latest Asus TUF Gaming A17 gaming laptops are not available for purchase yet. However, last year's model with AMD Ryzen 7 6800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060, and 16/512 GB is now 20% off on Amazon. Thus, it can be acquired for US$1,115 (down from US$1,399.99).
Samsung Wallet rolling out to 8 new markets later this month
Once known as Samsung Pay and available as Samsung Wallet since June 2022, the digital wallet platform of the South Korean tech giant continues its expansion. After reaching 13 new markets at the end of 2022, Samsung Wallet is now heading for 8 new ones, including Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, and more.
ASUS TUF Gaming A15 gaming laptop with Ryzen 7 6800H and GeForce RTX 3060 now 21% off on Amazon
Shown at CES 2023 with new AMD Zen 4 processors up to the Ryzen 9 and up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 graphics, the updated Asus TUF Gaming A15 is still not available for purchase. However, last year's model with AMD Ryzen 7 6800H and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 is now 21% off, so its price tag currently reads US$1,099.
MSI Radeon RX 6600 MECH 2X 8G 23% off on Amazon
Using a chipset often hailed as the best budget solution for 1080p gaming, the MSI Radeon RX 6600 MECH 2X 8G is a video card coming with a high list price of US$399.99. However, the ongoing 23% Amazon discount takes its price tag to a more reasonable US$309.95, less than 10% down from the US$329 launch price.
Gigabyte Radeon RX 6700 XT Gaming OC 38% off on Amazon
With a boost clock of up to 2622 MHz and 12 GB GDDR6 192-bit memory, the Gigabyte Radeon RX 6700 XT Gaming OC video card is now available on Amazon with a generous 38% discount. However, the discounted price of US$599 is still high for an RX 6700 XT, since most of its competitors (with slightly lower frequencies) retail for less than US$400.
Kodak Mini Shot 3 Retro instant digital camera now 44% off on Amazon
With a list price of US$179.99, the Amazon bundle that brings together the Kodak Mini Shot 3 Retro wireless instant camera/photo printer and no less than 68 printing sheets is now available for US$99.99 (44% off). An accessory gift bundle is also available, but it only comes with a 19% discount.
LG UltraGear 32GP750-B QHD IPS gaming monitor with G-Sync and FreeSync Premium support now 20% off on Amazon
With a US$399.99 price tag after the 20% discount, the 32-inch LG UltraGear 32GP750-B gaming monitor comes with a QHD IPS panel with a 165 Hz refresh rate and 1 ms GtG response time alongside support for NVIDIA G-Sync and AMD FreeSync Premium, as well as VESA DisplayHDR 400 compatibility and 99% sRGB color gamut.
Tom Clancy's The Division 2 70% off on Steam until January 26
Released back in March 2019, Tom Clancy's The Division 2 allows the player to lead a team of elite agents against the forces of evil in a fight taking place in a post-pandemic Washington DC. The 70% deal brings the Standard Edition of the game down to US$9, while the Warlords of New York Ultimate Edition is now available for US$24.
NBA 2K23 is 65% off on Steam this weekend
Thanks to the ongoing "MIDWEEK MADNESS" deal, NBA 2k23 is now available on Steam for just US$20.99. However, those also interested in playing golf can (allegedly) take advantage of the PGA Tour 2K23 X NBA 2k23 Bundle, which is available for US$79.99. Lastly, NBA 2K23 Michael Jordan Edition is now US$49.99 (50% off).
Google Pixel 6 Pro now up to 33% off on Amazon
Although it lacks a memory card slot and many potential users will consider 128 GB of internal storage insufficient, the Google Pixel 6 Pro is now available with a massive 33% discount on Amazon. After this discount, the list price of US$899 goes down to a more wallet-friendly price tag that reads US$604.
Android 12-based MIUI Global 13.0.12 Stable brings December's security patch to Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro users
While both MIUI 13.5 and Android 13-based firmware are still nowhere to be seen, the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro and its non-Pro sibling now receive the Android 12-based MIUI Global 13.0.12 Stable update. This software package brings together the October, November, and December security updates, without any new features.
MSI Raider GE77 HX with Intel Core i7-12800HX and GeForce RTX 3070 Ti now 23% off on Amazon
With an Amazon list price of US$2,599, the MSI Raider GE77 HX 12UGS-004 carries a lower US$2,199.99 price tag on MSI's website. Thankfully, this 17.3-inch gaming laptop with i7-12800H X and 3070 Ti inside can be acquired now from both locations for US$1,999.99, which translates to a generous 23% discount for Amazon users.
Intel Core i5-12600K now 28% off on Amazon
Although it launched with a US$289 price tag, the Intel Core i5-12600K processor is now listed by Intel with a recommended customer price of US$318 - US$328. On Amazon, the list price is even higher, but the US$342.50 tag is currently replaced by a reduced price of US$247.99, thanks to a 28% discount.
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra teaser suggests a 200 MP camera with improved low-light performance
Although there are no numbers mentioned, one Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra teaser that surfaced in China reveals that the next-gen device will come with "megapixels that'll make you say wooow" and highlighted the fact that a "wow resolution is coming." Another warm-up video revealed that "Stunning night photos are coming" as well.
BenQ GL2780 27-inch gaming monitor 29% off on Amazon
Although it lacks height adjustment and uses a TN panel, its 1 ms response time and 75 Hz refresh rate make the BenQ GL2780 an attractive choice for gamers on a tight budget. The ongoing discount (on both Amazon and BenQ's website) brings this FHD 27-inch monitor to US$149.99, 29% down from the list price of US$209.99.
MediaTek Dimensity 1080-powered Doogee V Max coming next month with a gargantuan 22,000 mAh battery
Although the MediaTek Dimensity 1080 is a mid-range mobile chip with a few highlights such as support for 200 MP cameras, Doogee goes all the way up with the battery of the upcoming V Max. Weighing four times as much as an average smartphone, this rugged handset promises up to 10 days of battery life in regular use thanks to the 22,000 mAh power pack.
Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 now 23% off on Amazon
Released in mid-2022, the Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 is a 32-inch curved gaming monitor with 4K UHD resolution, 165 Hz refresh rate, and 1 ms response time. With a US$1,299.99 list price, it is compatible with AMD FreeSync Premium Pro and NVIDIA G-Sync. After Amazon's 23% discount, its price is US$999.99.
Dell discounts the G2722HS 27-inch budget gaming monitor by a whopping 46%
With an impressive refresh rate of 165 Hz and 1 ms GtG response time, the Dell G2722HS gaming monitor also sports a 99% sRGB color gamut and comes covered by a 3-year advanced exchange service and premium panel exchange limited warranty. With an estimated value of US$279.99, the G2722HS is now available from Dell US for just US$149.99.
Sid Meier's Civilization VI 90% off on Steam until January 17
Available since late October 2016, Sid Meier's Civilization VI has received a rich set of expansion packs and updates. Even now, the game remains in active development. Those interested can grab it for an impressive 90% discount that applies to the base game while the 19-item Anthology package is available for 86% off.
Asus GeForce RTX 4080 Noctua Edition unveiled as the world's quietest air-cooled graphics card
After releasing NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 and RTX 3080-based Noctua Edition graphics cards, Asus and Noctua are now giving the same silent treatment to the RTX 4080. The new Asus GeForce RTX 4080 Noctua Edition integrates two Noctua NF-A12x25 fans alongside an optimized heatsink and vapor chamber.
TP-Link AX1800 (Archer AX21) WiFi 6 Gigabit router now 30% off on Amazon
Praised by many home users and reviewers as one of the best sub-US$100 WiFi 6 Gigabit routers, the TP-Link AX1800 (Archer AX21) features wireless speeds up to 1.8 Gbps, beamforming, as well as a USB 2.0 port for easy file sharing. The 30% discount takes its US$99.99 Amazon list price to US$69.99.
Intel Celeron N4020-powered Lenovo IdeaPad 3 11 Chromebook now 47% off on Amazon
Introduced less than three years ago, the Lenovo IdeaPad 3 11 Chromebook with 4/64 GB and the Intel Celeron N4020 processor inside was far from being a fast mobile computing solution from its arrival. Thankfully, the US$219.99 list price is now down to a mere US$116.88 after Amazon decided to push it down by a massive 47%.
Crucial X8 4 TB portable SSD now 48% off on Amazon
Released at the end of August, the Crucial X8 lineup of portable SSDs uses the USB 3.2 interface, provides up to 4 TB of storage, and speeds up to 1050 MB/s. Now, the 4 TB version is available on Amazon for roughly half the US$479.99 list price, so those interested can get it for US$249.99.
Acer Nitro 5 with AMD Ryzen 5 5600X and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 is 24% off on Amazon
Sporting a 15.6-inch FHD 144 Hz IPS display, the Acer Nitro 5 (model AN515045-R21A) is powered by the AMD Ryzen 5 5600H - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 duo alongside 16 GB DDR4 memory and a 512 GB NVMe SSD. This gaming laptop has a list price of US$1,149.99 and the 24% Amazon discount takes it down to US$868.88.
The 2023 Asus TUF Gaming F15 and F17 arrive packing the Intel Core i9-13900H processor and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 40 Series graphics
The updated Asus TUF Gaming F15 and F17 laptops come with up to Intel Core i9-13900H and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 graphics, as well as a MUX Switch with NVIDIA Advanced Optimus support. Like their A-series siblings, they top at 32 GB memory (however, only DDR4-3200) and 2 TB PCIe 4.0 storage.
Refreshed Asus TUF Gaming A15 and A17 laptops unveiled with up to AMD Ryzen 9 Zen 4 and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070
With a maximum TGP of 140 W and up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 mobile graphics, the updated Asus TUF Gaming A15 and A17 laptops come with up to AMD Ryzen 9 Zen 4 processors, 32 GB DDR5-4800 memory, and 2 TB PCIe 4.0 SSD storage. Their display features G-SYNC support and refresh rates between 144 Hz and 240 Hz.
Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 (2023) unveiled with Intel Core i9-13900H and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 inside
Capable of running 25 W higher than last year's model, the updated Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 is built around the Intel Core i9-13900H processor and the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 laptop GPU. It features a 16-inch QHD Mini-LED Nebula HDR display and is the first device of its size to use the ROG AniMe Matrix LED lighting array.
Asus ROG Zephyrus G16 (2023) arrives with Intel Core i9-13900H and up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 in tow
Packing a 16-inch QHD 240 Hz Nebula Display that uses a Mini-LED panel with over 1,000 dimming zones, the new Asus ROG Zephyrus G16 sports an Intel Core i9-13900H processor alongside up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 mobile graphics with a MUX Switch and NVIDIA Advanced Optimus. Pricing and availability depend on the market.
Asus ROG Strix G15 (2022) with Ryzen 7 6800H and GeForce RTX 3050 drops by 23% on Amazon
Equipped with the AMD Ryzen 7 6800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050, and a 300 Hz IPS FHD display, last year's Asus ROG Strix G15 has a list price of US$1,299.99 on Amazon. However, the ongoing 23% discount pushes this gaming laptop below the US$1,000 threshold, allowing those interested to get it for US$999.99.
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 Alan Walker Special Edition with AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS and RTX 3050 Ti now 38% off on Amazon
The Ryzen 9 5900HS/RTX 3050 Ti-powered Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 limited edition gaming laptop comes as part of a retail bundle that also includes a Remix DJ mixer pad alongside an Allan Walker-branded cap, sleeve, and socks. The GA401QEC-K2064T model is discounted by 38% — US$600 down from the Amazon list price of US$1,599.99.
MSI Raider GE66 with Intel Core i7-12700H and RTX 3070 Ti 24% off on Amazon
With a list price of US$2,599, the MSI Raider GE66 12UGS-238 gaming laptop is quite expensive. However, the 24% Amazon discount brings this Intel Core i7-12700H-powered machine below the US$2,000 threshold. It also sports NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti graphics, Thunderbolt 4, 32 GB memory, and 1 TB storage.
Intel Core i7-12700F now 24% off on Amazon, but only 8% down from the launch price
Although it launched with a US$314 price tag, the 12-core, 20-thread Intel Core i7-12700F (without an integrated graphics solution and bundled with a cooler) is now listed on Amazon for US$380. However, the ongoing 24% discount brings it down to US$289.99. Sadly, this is less than 8% off the aforementioned launch price.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662-driven Moto G Power up to 48% off on Amazon
Announced and also released in January, last year's Moto G Power Android smartphone has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 inside and runs Android 10 out of the box. This 6.6-inch handset is now available with discounts that go as far as 48% (4/64 GB Gray), while the cheapest variant is now the 3/32 GB one, priced at US$109.
AMD Ryzen 7 7700X now 23% off on Amazon
Released at the end of September, the 8-core, 16-thread unlocked desktop processor AMD Ryzen 7 7700X arrived on the market with a US$399 price tag. However, its Amazon list price is noticeably higher, but the US$449 tag has been replaced with one that reads US$346.98 thanks to the ongoing 23% discount.
LG 32GN650-B Ultragear 32-inch gaming monitor gets 33% discount on Amazon
The AMD FreeSync-compatible LG 32GN650-B Ultragear gaming monitor comes with a 32-inch screen and 95% sRGB color gamut alongside HDR10 support, 1 ms response time, 165 Hz refresh rate, and 2,560 X 1,440 pixels. With a list price of US$399.99, it is now down 33% on Amazon to a more wallet-friendly price tag of US$266.99.
WD_BLACK SN850X 4 TB NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD 46% off on Amazon
With a list price of US$699.99, the WD_BLACK 4TB SN850X NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD is now a top deal on Amazon thanks to a massive 46% discount. Thanks to this price cut, those interested can grab this high-end SSD for US$379.99. With the help of a third-party heatsink, it can also be used by PlayStation 5 consoles.
Logitech G29 racing wheel 32% off on Amazon
Compatible with Sony PlayStation 3, 4, and 5 consoles and Windows 7 to Windows 11 PCs, the Logitech G29 racing wheel features stainless steel paddle shifters, a hand-stitched leather wheel, and dual-motor force feedback. With a list price of US$399.99, it is now discounted by 32% on Amazon, so the price tag reads US$272.99.
Gargantuan Samsung Odyssey Ark gaming monitor hits lowest price in 30 days thanks to a 29% discount
Although it sports a lower resolution than the Odyssey G9 and Neo G9, the Samsung Odyssey Ark sports a massive 55-inch screen size, four corner speakers alongside two central woofers, and provides unique features such as Cockpit Mode and Eclipse Lighting. The ongoing 29% discount brings its price down to US$2,499.99.
Noctua NH-D15 premium CPU cooler 30% off on Amazon
Released as the successor of the classic NH-D14 air cooler, the Noctua NH-D15 features 6 heatpipes and two NF-A15 140 mm fans with PWM support, also including high-end NT-H1 thermal paste. With a noise level of only 19.2 dB, this premium cooler is now 30% off, down to US$99.95 from a US$142.18 list price.
Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 gets 28% discount on Amazon
Discounted by 28% down to US$1,653.80 from a list price of US$2,299.99, the Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 is similar to the less expensive Odyssey G9. The main difference between them is that it has HDMI 2.1 inputs and Mini LED backlighting, this providing slightly brighter images with improved local dimming.
Asus Chromebook Flip C434 gets massive 52% discount on Amazon
Powered by the Intel Core M3-8100Y processor and equipped with 8 GB of memory and 64 GB of rather slow eMMC storage, the Asus Chromebook Flip C434 also sports a 14-inch FHD touchscreen display. The Amazon list price of US$539.99 is now down by 52%, so those interested can grab this Chrome OS convertible for US$259.99.
Samsung Odyssey G9 drops by 32% on Amazon
With a list price of US$1,399.99, the 49-inch Samsung Odyssey G9 gaming monitor comes with a curve that matches that of the human eye and features a 240 Hz refresh rate alongside a 125% sRGB color gamut. Thanks to the ongoing 32% discount, those interested can purchase it from Amazon for US$949.02.
OnePlus Buds Z2 TWS ANC earbuds 50% off on Amazon
Sporting both active noise cancelation and an audio transparency mode like most competing products, the OnePlus Buds Z2 wireless earbuds come with a superior battery life of up to 38 hours (24 hours with ANC turned on). With a list price of US$99.99, the OnePlus Buds Z2 can be acquired now from Amazon for half the price.
Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet & Fire TV Stick 4K bundle gets 50% discount
Sold as the "Ultimate Entertainment Bundle," the combo that brings together the Fire HD 10 tablet and Fire TV Stick 4K is only available with the 32 GB lockscreen ad-supported tablet in black. However, the 50% discount pushes the price down to a wallet-friendly value of just US$99.39.
SanDisk Extreme microSD memory cards up to 47% off on Amazon
Available from 32 GB to 1 TB, the SanDisk Extreme family of microSD memory cards is now down by up to 47% on Amazon. This generous discount is applied to the 1 TB version, which can be acquired for US$159.99, down from a list price of US$299.99. The 256 GB and 512 GB capacities also come with discounts over 40%.
Samsung unveils industry's first 12 nm-class DDR5 DRAM with speeds up to 7.2 Gbps
Unveiled earlier today and set to enter the mass production stage next year, the industry's first 12 nm-class DDR5 DRAM by Samsung aims to push forward computing, data center, and AI applications. Although not the fastest ones, these chips come with the industry's highest die density, which allows a 20% higher wafer productivity.
Alienware AW2521H 24.5-inch 360 Hz gaming monitor now 27% off on Amazon
Packing an IPS panel with an extreme refresh rate of 360 Hz and NVIDIA Reflex Latency Analyzer, 1 ms GtG response time, as well as sRGB 99% color gamut, the 24.5-inch Alienware AW2521H gaming monitor has an MSRP tag that reads US$649.99. Amazon's current list price of US$627.89 is now down to US$457.
Lenovo Legion Slim 7 with AMD Ryzen 7 5800H and GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q gets 30% discount on Amazon
Featuring the Lenovo Legion AI Engine that dynamically shifts power between CPU and GPU for the best gaming performance, the 82K8007UUS model of the Legion Slim 7 gaming laptop is now 30% off on Amazon. This generous discount brings the US$1,709.99 list price of this Ryzen 7 5800H-powered machine down to US$1,199.99.
War Thunder 2.23 "Apex Predators" arrives as the year's last update to bring the F-16A, MiG-29, and much more
Dubbed "Apex Predators" and labeled 2.23, War Thunder's final update of the year introduces three iconic rank VIII 4th generation fighters, namely the F-16, the MiG-29, and the Tornado. Other changes include new and updated ground vehicles, new locations and missions, interface updates, as well as new music and sound effects.
Fitbit Versa 4 now 30% off on Amazon
Released less than three months ago, the Fitbit Versa 4 is slightly thinner than its predecessor and sports an improved multi-path optical heart rate tracker. It comes with Google Wallet & Maps, automatic exercise tracking, and challenges. Amazon's ongoing 30% discount takes the US$229.95 list price down to US$159.95.
Intel Core i9-12900K down to US$416.99 on Amazon
More than a year after its release, the Intel Core i9-12900K still has a US$707.50 list price on Amazon, which is noticeably higher than the US$599 launch price. However, this popular 10 nm high-end desktop processor is now 41% off, so those interested can purchase it now for a more reasonable price of US$416.99.
MSI Stealth GS77 with Intel Core i7-12700H and GeForce RTX 3080 Ti now 28% off on Amazon
Also available with an Intel Core i9-12900H processor and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti graphics, the 17.3-inch MSI Stealth GS77 comes with a tempting deal for the i7-12700H/RTX 3080 Ti configuration on Amazon. After a 28% discount, its price is now down to US$2,650 — a noticeable drop from the US$3,699 list price.
Doogee S99 coming later this month with a 64 MP night vision camera
With the same rugged design as its predecessor, the Doogee S99 will launch with a camera trio that consists of a 108 MP main shooter which is accompanied by a 16 MP camera for both ultra-wide shots and macros, as well as a 64 MP night vision camera. The first batch will go on sale soon for a promotional price of US$179.
Asus ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED UX582 with Intel Core i7-12700H and GeForce RTX 3060 now 20% off on Amazon
Introduced in early 2022, the Asus ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED UX582 comes with a 4K OLED touchscreen and a secondary 14-inch 4K touchscreen, Intel Core i7-12700H processor, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card, 16 GB LPDDR5, and a 1 TB SSD drive. With a list price of US$2,299.99 on Amazon, this ultralight notebook is now down to US$1,849.99.
Renewed Samsung Galaxy S10+ 128 GB available on Amazon for less than US$220
Although some are not considering renewed phone deals as worthy of their attention, being able to buy the refurbished Samsung Galaxy S10+ (128 GB, unlocked US version) for the price of an affordable mid-ranger is a deal that might raise some eyebrows. These handsets come with a 90-day warranty (replacement or refund).
Asus Dual AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT OC Edition gets 40% discount on Amazon
While the reference design arrived in mid-March 2021 with a US$479 price tag, the Asus Dual AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT OC Edition has an Amazon list price of no less than US$649.99. Fortunately for those interested, the ongoing 40% discount brings the price tag down to a more affordable US$389.99.
Beats Solo3 wireless on-ear headphones 43% off on Amazon
Although the deal only applies to the Satin Silver finish and only for US-based customers, the 43% discount that pushes the Beats Solo3 wireless on-ear headphones from US$199.95 to US$114.95 should not be overlooked. Compatible with both Apple and Android devices, these wireless headphones provide up to 40 hours of battery life.
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X drops below US$500 on Amazon
Released back in early November 2020 with a US$799 price tag, the AMD Ryzen 9 5950X processor is still stuck at the US$799 list price on Amazon. However, the ongoing 38% discount and the extra savings shaped as the Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection game offering make this aging 16-core processor more appealing.
XFX Speedster SWFT319 AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT CORE now 23% off on Amazon
With a list price lower than other custom designs of US$869.99, the XFX Speedster SWFT319 AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT CORE is now 23% down on Amazon. After the discount, the price tag of this RDNA 2-based video card shows US$669.99. In a period when finding the RX 7900 XT/XTX is very hard, this deal is not bad at all.
Intel Core i7-1195G7-powered Acer Aspire Vero AV15-51-7617 notebook gets a tempting 30% discount on Amazon
Released in mid-2021 as a laptop made with Acer's Earthion sustainability in mind, the Aspire Vero AV15-51-7617 used the Intel Core i7-1195G7 processor alongside 16 GB memory and 512 GB storage. After Amazon's 30% discount, the notebook and sleeve bundle can be acquired for the wallet-friendly sum of US$489.99.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite (2022) now up to 37% off on Amazon
Moving up from the Exynos 9611 of the 2020 edition to a faster Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G processor, this year's Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite tablet is now discounted by up to 37% on Amazon. The deal applies to two of the three color choices of the WiFi 128 GB model, while the 64 GB model is available for 34% off.
Realme 9 Pro+ gets Android 13-based realme UI 4.0 update
After spending a few weeks in the Beta testing stage, the stable Android 13-based realme UI 4.0 update for the Realme 9 Pro+ is finally rolling out. This piece of code comes with customizable Omojis, a redesigned notification panel, Spotify control in the AoD screen, and other visual and functional refinements.
AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX video cards now available on eBay for over US$2,000
With an impressive US$5,000 bid on the limited edition Powercolor Red Devil 7900 XTX in an auction that will end later today, eBay has quite a few less expensive video cards based on AMD's latest GPU. Sadly, the reference RX 7900 XTX design with its list price of US$999 is far behind the custom cards listed on eBay.
Asus ROG Thor 850 fully modular RGB PSU now 44% off on Amazon
Certified 80+ Platinum and built using low-ESR capacitors, the Asus ROG Thor 850 PSU features dustproof IPX5 wing-blade fans, ROG heatsinks, Aura Sync addressable RGB lighting, and a LiveDash OLED panel that displays the power draw in real-time. After a 44% discount, it is now available on Amazon for US$139.99.
Asus TUF Gaming AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT TOP Edition 29% down on Amazon and 50% in Micro Center stores
With a list price of US$1,399.99, the Asus TUF Gaming AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT TOP Edition is far from the "affordable RX 6900 XT implementation" label. However, the ongoing discounts make it rather attractive. Amazon's 29% off pushes the price down to US$999.99 while the massive Micro Center 50% discount brings this card to US$699.99.
Maingear intros AMD Radeon RX 7000 GPU options
Earlier today, award-winning PC systems integrator Maingear announced the availability of AMD Radeon RX 7000 graphics card options. In addition to the existing lineup of gaming desktop PCs and workstations, Maingear will add RX 7900 XT/XTX GPU options to the next-gen MG-1 desktop as well.
Crucial P5 Plus NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD now discounted by up to 53% on Amazon
Available separately in 500 GB, 1 TB, and 2 TB versions, as well as bundled with a 5 mm low-profile heatsink (only the 500 GB and 2 TB variants), the Crucial P5 Plus NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD is now discounted on Amazon. The discounts start at 37% (500 GB with heatsink) and go up to 53% (2 TB, standalone).
Beats Studio Buds now 40% off on Amazon
Released as a cheaper alternative to the AirPods Pro, the US$150 Beats Studio Buds TWS ANC earbuds are now down to less than US$90 thanks to a 40% Amazon discount. Unfortunately for those who would like to get them in black, red, white, or gray, the only discounted color choice is Ocean Blue.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro 50% off on Amazon
The Phantom Black and white Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro TWS earbuds are now discounted on Amazon by no less than 50%. Thanks to this discount, the US$199.99 list price of this popular audio accessory is now down to just US$99.99. Sadly, the purple color choice is only 18% off, so its discounted price tag reads US$163.71.
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i with Intel Core i7-12700H and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti now 27% off on Amazon
Available with the same design and AMD Ryzen processors as the IdeaPad Gaming 3, Lenovo's IdeaPad Gaming 3i is one of the most attractive notebooks for budget gamers. The Core i7-12700H and RTX 3050 Ti configuration with 8/512 GB is now 27% off on Amazon, so its US$1,099.99 list price is down to US$799.99.
December 22 confirmed as Doogee V30's launch date
Alongside the launch date, Doogee has just confirmed most specs, features, and the pricing details of the upcoming V30 rugged handset. Its highlights include dual Hi-Res certified speakers, a 108 MP main camera, as well as a 6.58-inch 120 Hz display and eSIM support. The "world premiere launch" price is set to US$399.
Philips H9505 over-ear hybrid ANC headphones now 60% off on Amazon
The massive 60% deal currently live on Amazon brings the Philips H9505 over-ear hybrid ANC headphones down to US$99.99 from a US$249.99 list price. With the same 27-hour battery life regardless of ANC status, these headphones feature a rounded over-ear design and custom control via the Philips Headphones app.
MSI Creator 17 professional notebook with Intel Core i7-11800H and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 gets massive 41% price cut on Amazon
Featuring a 17.3-inch UHD 120 Hz display with a 100% DCI-P3 color gamut, the MSI Creator 17 B11UE-471 comes with a 41% price cut on Amazon, which brings its price down to US$1,392.99. Other highlights include the Intel Core i7-11800H processor, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 graphics, and Thunderbolt 4 connectivity.
Fire TV Stick 4K gets generous 46% discount on Amazon
With a list price of US$49.99, the latest model of Amazon's Fire TV Stick 4K is now discounted by 46%, so those interested can get it for just US$26.99. In addition to 4K Ultra HD support for Dolby Vision, HDR, and HDR10+, this product also comes with Dolby Atmos audio and Alexa Voice remote.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Live 35% off on Amazon
Featuring 12 mm drivers tuned by AKG, the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live TWS earbuds also come with active noise canceling, long battery life, and always-on voice assistance via Bixby. Currently discounted by up to 35% on Amazon (depending on the color), these earbuds can be acquired for less than US$100.
Seagate IronWolf Pro HDDs now up to 52% off on Amazon
With a list price of US$577.99, the Seagate IronWolf Pro 16 TB SATA hard drive for enterprise NAS use is now down to US$279.99. Other models also get generous discounts, such as the 20 TB model, which is now available for 37% off. The 14 TB model is also discounted by 52%, down to a price of US$239.99.
Tim Draper: Bitcoin will hit US$250,000 by mid-2023
Although he already predicted in 2018 that Bitcoin would hit the US$250,000 threshold in less than four years, venture capitalist Tim Draper is back with another similar prediction. This time, he claims that the quarter million barrier will be left behind by mid-2023 while many altcoins will fade away.
Asus Chromebook CX1 39% off on Amazon
Although powered by a severely outdated Intel Celeron N3350 processor and equipped with slow eMMC storage, the 14-inch Asus Chromebook CX1 comes with a list price of US$279.99. After the 39% discount currently offered by Amazon, its price goes down to US$169.99, which makes it an interesting choice for light tasks.
Samsung T7 portable SSD family now up to 44% off on Amazon
Capable of write speeds up to 1,000 MB/s and 1,050 MB/s reads on USB 3.2 Gen 2 supported devices, the Samsung T7 portable SSD is compatible with PCs, laptops, and consoles. Offering password protection and resistance from shocks, drops, and overheating, it is now discounted on Amazon by up to 44%.
Vivaldi 5.6 now available with Mastodon integration
Vivaldi 5.6 arrived earlier today with the integration of Mastodon in the side panel, as well as its instance, namely Vivaldi Social. This update of Vivaldi Browser is only available on the desktop for now. You.com is a new default search engine choice alongside the ability to pin tab groups and other improvements.
CD Projekt Red confirms dropping Gwent at the end of 2023
Introduced by CD Projekt Red in 2018 on Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, Gwent: The Witcher Card Game was also released for iOS, macOS, and Android in the meantime. Sadly, it has just been confirmed that the game will only be supported until 2024, when its balancing will be passed on to the community.
AMD Ryzen 7 5700X now 33% off on Amazon
Released in early April 2022 with a US$299 price tag, the Ryzen 7 5700X is a processor from the Zen 3 family that features 8 cores and 16 threads. While it comes unlocked out of the box, a cooling solution is not provided. However, the 33% discount that pushes the price below US$200 should sweeten the deal.
JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth speaker now 37% off on Amazon
Fully waterproof and with a battery life of up to 12 hours, the JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth speaker can also handle phone calls while providing noise and echo-canceling capabilities. JBL Connect+ allows linking up to 100 speakers for an enhanced auditory experience. The ongoing 37% price cut brings the JBL Flip 4 down to US$69.94.
Allegedly official OnePlus 11 render leaks online
Three months after revealing the design of the upcoming OnePlus 11, popular tipster Steve H.McFly (@OnLeaks) is back with an alleged official render. The image confirms the previously leaked back cover/camera assembly design and unveils the Forest Emerald and Volcanic Black color choices.
Kingston DataTraveler Max USB-C flash drive up to 43% off on Amazon
Featuring a ridged case that sports a keyring loop, the Kingston DataTraveler Max is a USB-C flash drive with up to 1,000 MB/s read and 900 MB/s write speeds. The 512 GB version gets a 43% discount while its 1 TB sibling is 38% off, so their price tags now read US$59.99 and US$111.76, respectively.
Acer Predator XB273U NV WQHD 170 Hz gaming monitor is 44% off on Amazon
The NVIDIA G-SYNC-compatible Acer Predator XB273U NV gaming monitor sports a 27-inch WQHD Agile-Splendor IPS panel that has a typical brightness of 400 nits, 1 ms response time, as well as an overclock refresh rate of 170 Hz. Thanks to the ongoing 44% Amazon discount, its price is now down to US$309.99.
OpenSea: NFT creators earned over US$1 billion in fees this year
According to OpenSea, NFT creators earned over US$1 billion this year so far (based on the sales concluded between January 1 and November 23 on the platform). This amount does not include grants, various incentives, or sponsorships. Over 80% went to less popular collections, the rest heading to the top 10 NFTs.
Asus Chromebook C203XA discounted by up to 47% on Amazon
Discounted earlier today by 60%, the Asus Chromebook C203XA is now back above the US$100 threshold. For most markets (Asia and the US included), the ongoing discount is 47%. This drives the US$249.99 list price down to a wallet-friendly US$133. Unfortunately, European customers only get to enjoy a 42% price drop.
Garmin Fenix 6 series up to 50% off on Amazon
Although a few models still sell for the list price and others have single-digit price drops, there are some Garmin Fenix 6 deals worth checking out. The most tempting ones are the 50% discounted Fenix 6s Pro Solar, the 48% off Fenix 6 Pro Solar, and the 46% discount that applies to the Fenix 6S Sapphire.
Unisoc T616-powered Doogee T20 tablet coming later this month
The upcoming Doogee T20 is the brand's second tablet. It comes with Android 12 preloaded and uses the Unisoc T616 processor, alongside 8 GB of memory and 256 GB internal storage (up to 1 TB microSD expansion supported). This slate has a 10.4-inch 2K display and a generous 8,300 mAh battery. Sales will start later this month.
Samsung 870 EVO SATA SSDs now discounted by up to 43% on Amazon
Although SATA SSDs are no longer relevant to many users, there are still enough desktop PCs and laptops that could be kept alive for a few more years thanks to such an upgrade. Available in five capacities from 250 GB to 4 TB, the Samsung 870 EVO is discounted on Amazon by up to 43% (the 1 TB model, now priced at US$84.99).
NVIDIA launches GeForce Game Ready Driver 527.37 for Need for Speed Unbound and Marvel's Midnight Suns
With a size of 690.2 MB, the latest GeForce Game Ready Driver package comes with optimizations for Marvel’s Midnight Suns and Need For Speed Unbound. The 527.37 update also comes with optimal settings for 15 more games, including The Chant, Sonic Frontiers, Victoria 3, Warhammer 40,000: Darktide, and Gotham Knights.
AMD Ryzen 5 5600 price drops 41% on Amazon
Released alongside the Ryzen 5 5500 in early April this year, the Ryzen 5 5600 had a launch price of US$199. The Amazon list price has the same value right now, but the ongoing 41% discount brings it down to a wallet-friendly US$118. Two processor & motherboard bundles are also available for around US$320.
Xiaomi Mi A1 gets Android 13 via SparkOS: Simply amazing customization headroom, excellent reliability and performance
With its wide range of customization options, the Android 13-based SparkOS ROM is probably the best choice for those still using the half-decade old Xiaomi Mi A1. While reliable and fast, this piece of code also comes with a smart (yet unorthodox) surprise for mobile photography fans.
XFX Speedster SWFT309 AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT CORE now 31% off on Amazon
With a list price of US$519.99, the XFX Speedster SWFT309 AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT CORE graphics card is now down at US$359.99 on Amazon. This custom design comes with three double ball bearing fans alongside the ability to work as a silent board by turning them off when the GPU is idle or under light load.
MSI Radeon RX 6700 XT MECH 2X 12G OC is 46% off on Amazon
Combining a trusted dual-fan arrangement with a performance-focused rigid industrial design, the MSI Radeon RX 6700 XT MECH 2X 12G OC video card has a boost core clock speed of up to 2620 MHz. This VR Ready piece of hardware features 3 X DP 1.4 outputs and one HDMI 2.1. The 46% discount brings it down to US$389.99.
Sharkoon RGB Wave debuts as an efficient ATX case with 3D wave design front panel
Sharkoon's latest ATX case is both efficient and good-looking thanks to the four pre-installed fans combined with an airflow-friendly 3D wave design front panel and RGB lighting alongside a tempered glass transparent side panel. The manufacturer's suggested price is 74.9 Euros (roughly US$78).
Shiba Inu now accepted for payment by Atheist Shoes
While the crypto market continues to struggle, BitPay announces a new partnership that brings a popular meme coin into the spotlight once again. Berlin-headquartered shoe manufacturer Atheist Shoes is now accepting Shiba Inu payments, also offering a 10% discount for all buyers until mid-December.
Hidizs AP80 lossless music player now 35% off on Amazon
Available for more than four years, the Hidizs AP80 lossless music player might be outdated for playing Bluetooth audio, but its ability to handle lossless audio and FM Radio stations keep it interesting in 2022. This Hi-Res Audio-certified compact piece of hardware is today 35% off on Amazon.
Doogee V30 coming later this year with eSIM support
Although it will launch as a rugged phone, the upcoming Doogee V30 sports a back covered with eco-friendly leather and a wood grain-inspired side panel. While most specs have not been unveiled yet, Doogee has confirmed eSIM support as the V30's main feature. Thanks to it, up to 4 different eSIM numbers can be available at a time.
Intel Core i9-12900KF is now 36% off on Amazon
With a list price of US$676.25, the Intel Core i9-12900KF desktop processor comes unlocked and without a bundled cooling solution. This Alder Lake chip is now available for US$429.99 after a 36% Amazon discount. Those interested should be aware that the 12900KF does not feature an integrated graphics solution.
16 TB Western Digital Elements USB 3.0 external hard drive gets 47% price cut on Amazon
With siblings ranging from 4 TB to 20 TB in size, the 16 TB Western Digital Elements USB 3.0 external hard drive is now available with a massive 47% discount on Amazon US. After this discount, the US$449.99 list price goes down to US$239.99. The drive comes with free shipping and free returns.
ZOTAC Gaming MEK Hero G1 A5837 desktop gaming PC with AMD Ryzen 7 5800X and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 now 25% off on Amazon
Built using a liquid cooling solution by EKWB, the ZOTAC Gaming MEK Hero G1 A5837 desktop gaming PC also integrates a ZOTAC video card, namely the GAMING GeForce RTX 3070 8GB. This AMD Ryzen 7 5800X-powered PC also sports 16 GB RAM, 1 TB SSD + 1 TB HDD storage, and is now down to US$1,499.99 from a list price of US$1,999.99.
Creative T100 2.0 desktop speakers now available for 55% off on Amazon
Introduced in 2019 as the successor of the T20 and T40 series, the Creative T100 desktop speakers come with a peak power of 80 W and multiple connectivity options, including Bluetooth 5.0, 3.5 mm AUX, and optical. The ongoing 55% discount offered by Amazon pushes the list price of US$177.85 down to a very attractive US$79.99.
The popular Samsung 980 NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSD now discounted by up to 43% on Amazon
The 250 GB, 500 GB, and 1 TB Samsung 980 PCIe 3.0 NVMe SSDs receive the Black Friday treatment on Amazon. The best discount is a generous 43% for the 1 TB variant, while the 500 GB model is available for 24% off. The lowest capacity flavor of the Samsung 980 SSD is just 15% down (US$46.99 from a list price of US$54.99).
Jabra Elite 7 TWS ANC earbuds discounted by up to 47% on Amazon
While the Jabra Elite 7 Active TWS sports earbuds with adjustable ANC go as low as US$95.45 (47% discount, only for the Navy color), the less sporty Elite 7 Pro go down to US$119.99, after a 40% discount. Both feature Alexa integration, 6 mm custom speakers, customization and firmware updates via the Jabra Sound+ app, and more.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 gets Android 13-based One UI 5 update
With half a decade of security updates guaranteed, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 should receive four major Android upgrades. Released back in August 2021 with Android 11 and One UI 3.1.1, this handset received Android 12 with One UI 4 already. Now, the time has come for Android 13 and One UI 5.0 to hit it as well.
PlayStation 6 might arrive in 2028
Announced in 2019 and released mid-November 2020, Sony's PlayStation 5 home video game console arrived in the same month as the Microsoft Xbox Series X and Series S. According to insiders familiar with the matter, its successor could launch in 2028. A mid-generation update to arrive in 2023 or 2024 is also quite possible.
Yeedi Mop Station Pro robot vacuum and mop gets US$240 discount on Amazon
Released less than a year ago, the Yeedi Mop Station Pro is a 3-in-1 robot vacuum and mop cleaner with dual-power spin mopping and 3000 Pa suction. The package also includes a self-cleaning station. The ongoing promotion pushes the US$799.99 price down by 30%, so those interested can grab this autonomous house cleaner for US$559.99.
AMD Ryzen 9 7950X drops below US$550 on Amazon
With future-proof features such as PCIe 5.0 support on select 600 Series motherboards and compatibility with DDR5-5200 memory, the 16-core AMD 9 Ryzen 7950X processor comes ready for overclocking. The list price of US$799 has just dropped to US$549.99 thanks to Amazon's 31% off Black Friday Deal.
Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal wireless gaming headphones now up to 42% off on Amazon
Available in two separate versions, one for the Xbox console and the other for the Sony PlayStation/PC, the BeoPlay Portal wireless gaming headphones by Bang & Olufsen are not cheap. However, the US$499 list price has dropped lower than the US$300 threshold thanks to Amazon's ongoing discounts.
Garmin Vivoactive 4 and 4S GPS smartwatches discounted by up to 47% on Amazon
With the same feature set and different sizes, the Garmin Vivoactive 4 and 4S GPS smartwatches sport a Pulse Ox sensor, stress and women's health tracking, advanced sleep monitoring, and more. Both versions have a list price of US$329.99, but Amazon's ongoing discounts push it down to as little as US$176.47.
Gigabyte Z590 AORUS PRO AX LGA 1200 motherboard now 59% off on Amazon
With a 12-plus-1 phases digital VRM solution that features a 90 A smart power stage and shielded memory routing, the Gigabyte Z590 AORUS PRO AX motherboard is a good solution for overclocking LGA 1200 Intel 11th and 10th Gen processors. Amazon has it discounted to an attractive US$120, down from the list price of US$289.99.
Beelink unveils Intel Core i7-1260P-powered SEi12 Pro mini PC
Although it hasn't been officially announced yet, the Beelink SEi12 Pro with an Intel Core i7-1260P processor is already available for purchase. The prices start at US$599.99 for the barebone version and go up to US$799.99 for the configuration that includes 32 GB of memory and a 500 GB SSD.
Generous 29% discount hits Razer Blade 14 gaming laptop with AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
In addition to the AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX processor and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 graphics adapter, the discounted Razer Blade 14 configuration available on Amazon also features 16 GB of memory and a 1 TB SSD. After a 29% discount, the US$2,799.99 list price of this compact gaming laptop drops to US$1,999.99.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 benchmark results surface online
As the first wave of Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2-powered handsets is still in the making, a reference handset coming from Qualcomm is showing noticeable improvements over existing mobile processors. The benchmarks reveal that the upcoming chip is faster than its predecessor and Apple's A16 Bionic.
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G discounted on Amazon by up to 36%
Released in early 2022, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888-powered Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G is now discounted on Amazon. The 256 GB variant is only available in Graphite with a 32% discount, while the 128 GB model comes with four color choices and a 36% discount that brings its price down to US$449.99.
OnePlus 10 Pro now available for up to 31% off on Amazon
Although not the flagship killer some expected, the OnePlus 10 Pro 5G is an interesting Android smartphone that Amazon's ongoing deals are making even more tempting. The discounts offered for this US unlocked handset co-developed with Hasselblad are 31% for the 8/128 GB variant and 36% for the 12/256 GB model.
The five-year-old Xiaomi Mi A1 is still alive thanks to multiple Android 13 ROMs
Released in September 2017, the Xiaomi Mi A1 is now half a decade old and one of the few Android 7 handsets that can run Android 13. Official software support for it stopped at Android One, but this Qualcomm Snapdragon 625-powered smartphone is kept alive by the efforts of the custom ROM community.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 now down by up to 40 percent on Amazon
Available in three storage versions (32, 64, 128 GB) and color choices (Dark Gray, Silver, Pink Gold), the Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 tablet is now discounted on Amazon. The discounts range between 12 percent for the 64 GB Silver variant to a generous 40 percent (128 GB in Pink Gold and Silver).
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X is 39 percent off on Amazon
Bundled with the Wraith Stealth cooler, the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X unlocked desktop processor was released in early November 2020 with a US$299 price tag. Now, Amazon has this piece of hardware available for US$190, which represents a 39 percent discount on the current list price of US$309.
AMD Ryzen 5 5600G now on sale with a massive 51 percent discount on Amazon
Sporting an integrated Radeon Vega 7 graphics adapter and shipping with the AMD Wraith cooler, the AMD Ryzen 5 5600G processor arrived on the market more than a year ago with a launch price of US$259. Now, Amazon is slashing that price in half so those interested can grab this part for just US$128.
Samsung Galaxy S22+ gets up to 33 percent discount on Amazon
The ongoing Amazon deals on the Samsung Galaxy S22+ cover two models, namely the 128 GB Phantom Black and the 256 GB Phantom White. The first one gets a 33 percent discount, while its sibling is available for 24 percent off. After these discounts, their prices are US$667.99 and US$799.99, respectively.
Samsung Galaxy A52 receives Android 13-based One UI 5 update
After updating the flagships it released in 2020, 2021, and 2022, Samsung is now bringing the Android 13-based One UI 5.0 update to its mid-range and budget devices. The last one to get the update, which includes the November 2022 security patch, is the Samsung Galaxy A52. Sadly, the update seems limited to Russia for now.
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X is 40 percent off on Amazon
Launched in late 2020 as the world's best gaming desktop processor of that period, the AMD Ryzen 9 5900X is still relevant thanks to the PCIe 4.0 support provided on X570 and B550 motherboards. After the 40 percent discount, its price goes down to US$342.05, but the Uncharted game offer also applies to this Amazon sale.
1MORE PistonBuds Pro TWS ANC earbuds hands-on: When budget pricing meets next-tier audio experience
While the 1MORE PistonBuds Pro are not special, these TWS ANC headphones come with a low-latency gaming mode, four microphones for enhanced audio in calls, as well as the brand's proprietary QuietMax noise cancelation tech. Despite their wallet-friendly price tag, they also come with drivers tuned by Luca Bignardi.
Samsung BAR Plus USB 3.1 flash drive now discounted by up to 67 percent on Amazon
Released about 4 years ago, the Samsung BAR Plus USB 3.1 flash drive comes in gray and silver. Three sizes are available for purchase, namely 64, 128, and 256 GB. Amazon is now running deals on all size and color combinations, with discounts going as far as 67 percent for the Champagne Silver 256 GB model.
NVIDIA GeForce Game Ready Driver 526.98 now available with multiple optimizations for the GeForce RTX 4080
Released earlier today, the NVIDIA GeForce Game Ready Driver 526.98 comes "to unlock the full potential of the new GeForce RTX 4080" and brings full support for the following upcoming titles: Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Warhammer 40,000: Darktide, and World of Warcraft: Dragonflight. Many other changes are included as well.
Intel Core i9-12900K is now 29 percent off on Amazon
With overclocking records of up to 8 GHz, the Intel Core i9-12900K is one of Intel's most popular processors. This 10 nm LGA 1700 chip comes unlocked and has 8 performance and 8 efficiency cores, 30 MB Intel Smart Cache memory, and single-core boost speeds of up to 5.2 GHz. After applying the discount, Amazon is now selling it for US$499.88.
Motorola Moto Watch 70 shows up online
The unannounced Motorola Moto Watch 70 comes with 23 sports modes, has full compatibility with Android and iOS handsets, and its battery life can reach 14 days. It also sports a 1.69-inch color display with 240 x 280 pixels and a Zinc-alloy case. The price tag for Canada reads C$99 (roughly US$75).
Samsung 980 PRO NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD with heatsink is now available on Amazon for up to 53 percent off
Compatible with the Sony PlayStation 5 console, the Samsung 980 PRO NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD with heatsink comes in 1 TB and 2 TB variants, both in black finish. Amazon has discounted both, the larger model receiving a generous 53 percent discount (down to US$189.99), while the 1 TB variant is only 7 percent off (US$119.99).
SK hynix discounts Platinum P41 and Gold P31 SSDs by 15 percent on Amazon
In addition to other discounts that Amazon might apply in the coming days to the brand's memory and storage products, SK hynix is now offering 15 percent off coupons for the Platinum P41 (1 TB version) and Gold P31 (500 GB and 1 TB models) PCIe NVMe SSDs. The deal started earlier today and will run until November 18.
Asus ROG Strix G10 desktop PC with Intel Core i7-11700 and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 gets a 41 percent Amazon discount
With a list price of US$1,449.99, the Asus ROG Strix G10 desktop PC configuration is currently down to US$849.99 on Amazon. Its main highlights are the Intel Core i7-11700 processor and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 graphics. Shipping with Windows 11 Home, this machine also features 16 GB DDR4 memory and a 1 TB PCIe SSD.
Doogee S96 GT hands-on: A well-made rugged Android 12 smartphone for selfie lovers
Released as an upgrade to the MediaTek Helio G90-driven S96 Pro, the Doogee S96 GT comes with the slightly faster Helio G95 processor alongside 256 GB of internal storage and a 32 MP selfie shooter. This MIL-STD-810H-certified rugged handset also comes with Android 12, but the remaining specs and features remain unchanged.
Samsung 970 EVO Plus NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSDs now down by up to 68 percent on Amazon
Now priced at US$159.99 after a massive 68 percent discount, the 2 TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSD is not the only one in the lineup to get a price cut. While the 1 TB version has no discount, the 250 GB got 21 percent, and the 500 GB one is down to US$59.99, which translates to a 54 percent discount.
Gigabyte Radeon RX 6700 XT Eagle 12G gets a 30 percent discount on Amazon
Featuring Gigabyte's WINDFORCE 3X cooling system with alternate spinning fans, the Radeon RX 6700 XT Eagle 12G graphics card has a maximum boost clock of 2581 MHz and features two HDMI 2.1 and two DP 1.4a outputs. Thanks to Amazon's 30 percent discount, the US$599.99 list price is now down to US$419.99.
Lenovo IdeaPad 3 15 with Intel Core i3-1115G4, 8/256 GB, HD touchscreen display is 61 percent off on Amazon
With a list price of US$959, the 15.6-inch Lenovo IdeaPad 3 that was released earlier this year with an Intel Core i3-1115G4 processor, 8 GB DDR4 memory, a 256 GB PCIe NVMe SSD, as well as Windows 11 Home preloaded is now available on Amazon for just US$373.99. This price drop translates to a massive 61 percent discount.
Gigabyte AERO 15S XB laptop with 4K AMOLED and GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q gets a 43 percent discount on Amazon
Released in 2020 with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q graphics, the Gigabyte AERO 15S OLED XB is still relevant thanks to the 4K AMOLED with 1 ms response time and the Intel Core i7-10875H processor. In addition to these two hardware highlights, the ongoing 43 percent Amazon discount also helps.
Cooler Master MasterBox Q300L micro-ATX case now available with a 40 percent discount
Available for almost half a decade, the Cooler Master MasterBox Q300L is still a compact computer case worth taking into account when building a new PC. Now discounted to a mere US$42 on Amazon, this micro-ATX tower case features an open thermal design with a transparent side panel and a magnetic dust filter.
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G now 48 percent off on Amazon
Bundled with the low-profile AMD Wraith Stealth cooler, the Ryzen 7 5700G processor has 8 cores, 16 threads, a total cache of 20 MB, and a maximum boost speed of 4.6 GHz. This unlocked AM4 chip is now down by 48 percent on Amazon, a generous discount that brings the list price of US$359 down to US$186.30.
iRobot Roomba j7 robot vacuum is 42 percent off on Amazon
Although it was released more than two years ago, the iRobot Roomba j7 robot vacuum remains a popular choice for automated house cleaning. With a global rating of 4.3 out of 5 on Amazon after more than 900 user ratings, the Roomba j7 is now down to US$349 thanks to a massive 42 percent discount.
Santander will block all payments to crypto exchanges for UK customers next year
Although the timeline is not public yet, UK customers of the Santander bank will no longer be able to acquire crypto in less than a year. As a new move in its fight to protect customers from scams, the bank will block online, mobile banking, in-branch, and telephone banking payments to cryptocurrency exchanges.
JBL Reflect Aero TWS get a 33 percent discount on Amazon
The IP68-rated JBL Reflect Aero TWS are sports earbuds from a popular brand that come with very good battery life and overall performance. Capable of diving in up to 5 feet of water for up to 30 minutes, the Reflect Aero TWS are now going down price-wise as well thanks to a 33 percent discount.
1MORE Aero TWS ANC earbuds hands-on: Good battery life and overall sonic experience, but spatial audio fails to impress
The 1MORE Aero are the brand's first product to come with spatial audio, a feature also present in the Apple AirPods, but they do so for less than half the price. Thankfully, this new Luca Bignardi-tuned product has more up the sleeve than an audio processing algorithm that might lose its appeal after just a few minutes.
GIGABYTE AORUS 17 YE5 gaming laptop with Intel Core i7-12900H, RTX 3080 Ti, 32 GB RAM and 1 TB SSD gets 32 percent discount on Amazon
With highlights like a 360 Hz 17.3-inch IPS display, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti graphics, 32 GB RAM and 1 TB SSD storage, the Intel Core i9-12900H-powered GIGABYTE AORUS 17 YE5 is unsurprisingly priced at US$3,699. Fortunately, the ongoing 32 percent discount pushes this list price down to US$2,499.
Get the Corsair Vengeance DDR5 64 GB 5200 MHz memory kit for nearly half the price
With advanced features such as onboard voltage regulation and custom XMP 3.0 profiles, the Corsair Vengeance DDR5 64GB (2x32GB) 5200MHz C40 desktop memory kit is optimized for Intel processors. Now available with a solid 48 percent discount, this piece of hardware sports a compact form factor and a stylish aluminum heat spreader.
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X is 45 percent off on Amazon
Although some might consider the lack of a bundled cooler a severe drawback, the 43 percent discount applied to the AMD Ryzen 7 5800X on Amazon should appease them. This 8-core, 16-thread desktop processor for the AM4 platform has a maximum boost speed of 4.7 GHz, comes unlocked, and is now down to less than US$250.
Samsung 980 PRO NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSDs now discounted by up to 43 percent on Amazon
The 500 GB, 1 TB, and 2 TB variants of the Samsung 980 Pro PCIe 4.0 NVMe M.2 SSD are all discounted on Amazon and in stock. The discounts start at just 8 percent for the 1 TB model, but the 2 TB one is available for 39 percent off, while the best deal comes for the 500 GB model, which received a 43 percent discount.
ZOTAC Gaming GeForce RTX 3080 Ti AMP Holo 12GB is 26 percent off on Amazon, but still expensive
After a reasonable discount of 26 percent, the ZOTAC Gaming GeForce RTX 3080 Ti AMP Holo 12GB video card, which features advanced cooling and RGB lighting, is down to US$1,053.98. However, this is still a lot considering that the card was released over a year ago, when NVIDIA priced the reference design at US$1,199.
MediaTek Dimensity 810-powered OnePlus Nord N300 5G hits the US via T-Mobile and Metro
Available for free with a new line, the new OnePlus Nord N300 5G has a full retail price that starts at US$228. This handset features a MediaTek Dimensity 810 processor, a generous 6.56-inch 90 Hz display, 4/64 GB of memory/storage, a 5000 mAh battery, and is only available in Midnight Jade finish.
ZOTAC Gaming GeForce RTX 3090 Trinity OC 24GB drops by 58 percent on Amazon
While many retailers are facing GeForce RTX 4090 stock problems, quite a few RTX 3000-series video cards are available for generous discounts. This weekend's highlight is the discount offered by Amazon for the ZOTAC Gaming GeForce RTX 3090 Trinity OC 24GB, which is down to US$999.99 from a list price of no less than US$2,399.99.
1MORE ComfoBuds Mini hands-on: The little big underdog of the TWS world
Although they lack LDAC support, the 1MORE ComfoBuds Mini come with SoundID support and a surprising overall experience, all under the "world's smallest active noise canceling earbuds" label. Keeping in mind the sub-US$100 price tag, it's almost impossible to find any drawbacks in this tiny piece of hardware.
Persona 5 Royal now available for Nintendo Switch
Released to universal critical acclaim for multiple platforms back in 2016, Persona 5 got the Royal version in 2019, and now this version is finally making its way to the Nintendo Switch system. This title includes more than 40 items of previously released downloadable content and carries a price tag that reads US$59.99.
YouTube Premium Family plan goes up to US$22.99 per month
Although the users in some markets are not facing the new figures yet, it looks like some YouTube Premium Family subscribers are receiving notifications of drastic price changes. While Romanian subscribers still can grab a Family plan for roughly US$8, the cost went up to US$22.99 in other markets.
Ubuntu 22.10 "Kinetic Kudu" now available for download
With a short support period that ends in July 2023, Ubuntu 22.10 "Kinetic Kudu" comes with the new 5.19 Linux kernel, various updated applications and subsystems, and much more. In addition to the regular release, these community editions have been updated to 22.10: Kubuntu, Budgie, MATE, Unity, and Xubuntu.
MINISFORUM releases the Ryzen 9 5900HX-driven UM590 mini PC
MINISFORUM is back with its third AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX-powered mini PC, namely the UM590. The powerful Zen 3 processor comes with a Radeon 8 iGPU and supports up to 64 GB DDR4 memory and multiple storage options. The prices start at US$459 for the barebone version, while shipments should start in about two months.
Caught red-handed: Google's social media team used an iPhone to post about the Pixel 7
The iPhone seems the weapon of choice for most social media brands of Apple's competitors. In the past, this happened to brands like Huawei and Samsung. Now, the time has come for Google's social media team to post on Twitter using an iPhone and, although the post has been deleted, it won't be forgotten.
Lenovo Yoga Paper E Ink tablet leaks online
Although Lenovo has released quite a few Yoga devices so far, the Yoga Paper lineup is new. This leaked product features an E Ink display and pen support, but there are no details regarding the specs, features, or pricing/availability available yet. However, based on the images, the launch could be close.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II available for pre-load starting later today, gets extended PC requirements
Scheduled to launch next week, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II has just received an in-depth list of PC requirements for a minimum, recommended, competitive, and ultra 4K level of gaming experience. Early access to the campaign will begin tomorrow, and today at 10 AM PT, the game will be available for pre-load.
Crysis Remastered Trilogy coming to Steam next month
Already released for consoles and PC, the Crysis Remastered Trilogy has only been available for the latter as an Epic Games Store exclusive. Now, the trilogy is ready to land on Steam, where it will become available on November 17 with a generous first-week discount of 40 percent (55 percent for those who already own Crysis Remastered).
Sandberg unveils USB Webcam Flex 1080P HD and USB-C All-in-1 Docking Station
Danish mobile accessories brand, Sandberg, has just introduced the USB Webcam Flex with Full HD 1080p resolution and the USB-C All-in-1 Docking Station that features 3 USB ports, HDMI, DisplayPort and VGA, an Ethernet port, card readers, and more. Both products are already available on Amazon and come with a 5-year warranty.
Motorola unveils rollable smartphone concept
Motorola's latest effort in the foldable/rollable smartphone area, unveiled at the Lenovo Tech World 2022, is a 5-inch handset that extends to 6.5 inches by extending from the top, unlike similar concepts from other brands, which roll or fold from the side. Sadly, this is only a concept for now.
Samsung unveils industry's fastest LPDDR5X DRAM at 8.5 Gbps
After leading the global mobile DRAM market for over a decade, Samsung unveils the industry's fastest LPDDR5X DRAM solution. With a speed of 8.5 Gbps, up from a previous record of 7.5 Gbps, established in March, the Samsung LPDDR5X DRAM was validated for use on Qualcomm Snapdragon mobile platforms.
macOS 13 Ventura coming later this month with support for M2 Pro and M2 Max MacBook Pro
Although there is no official announcement yet, the latest reports claim that macOS Ventura will arrive in the final week of this month. Announced back in early June, macOS 13 Ventura is expected to bring support for the unreleased M2 Pro and M2 Max MacBook Pro models, both rumored to arrive soon.
Intel Core i9-13900KF Raptor Lake processor almost hits 6 GHz on a US$215 B660-based mainboard
Although the Intel Core i9-13900KF processor is known for reaching clock speeds in excess of 6 GHz, this happens when high-end Z690 and Z790 chipsets are used. However, it has recently reached 5.97 GHz on the ASUS ROG STRIX B660-F GAMING WIFI mainboard, which is an affordable solution that sports a mainstream chipset.
AMD allegedly planning to lower Ryzen 7000 CPU production plan
After the recent failure of the entry-level B650 series mainboards to start at the US$125 price promised by AMD, it looks like the tech giant is now planning to lower the production figures of the Ryzen 7000 Zen 4 CPUs. The two main reasons for this are probably the global PC market decline and the poor reception of the AM5 platform.
The UDU handheld motion control console brings mobile gaming outdoors while making it more active and fun
With 27 days left in the campaign, 77 backers, and US$13,872 pledged out of the US$19,574 goal, the UDU CONSOLE can be already considered beyond the "Kickstarter project looking for funding" stage. However, it might take a while for it to hit the market. If everything works as planned, shipments should start in April 2023.
Apple receives US$19 million fine in Brazil for selling phones without a charger
Although the decision is not final and Apple will fight back, a Brazilian court has decided to fine the Cupertino-based tech giant with the equivalent of roughly US$19 million for selling phones without chargers. Even more, the court ruled that chargers must be bundled with new iPhones sold in the country.
Samsung Wallet rolling out to 13 new markets this year
Introduced in June 2022, Samsung's digital wallet platform is already very popular in major markets such as China, France, Germany, Korea, the United Kingdom, and the United States. By the end of the year, Samsung Wallet will reach 13 new markets, including Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland.
Three unreleased RTX 3000 series cards, spotted in latest NVIDIA graphics driver
The latest NVIDIA driver package, namely the 522.25 Game Ready driver, was released yesterday. Inside the nv_dispig.inf file that came with it, three unreleased RTX 3000 series cards were spotted: the GA102-based GeForce RTX 3070 Ti, the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti with GDDR6X, and the GeForce RTX 3060 with 8 GB of video memory.
Microsoft delivers iCloud Photos support to Windows 11's Photos app
Although it is only available in the Dev Channel, support for iCloud Photos in Windows 11's Photos app is an inspired move by Microsoft that promises to bring its ecosystem closer to Apple's. Even more, Apple TV and Apple Music will hit Windows 11 next year, while preview versions will show up in a few weeks.
Doogee AJ01 (non-)smart glasses hands-on: An interesting new product with an outdated design approach
Advertised as "smart audio glasses," the Doogee AJ01 sports Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity and can be used to replace the wired or wireless phones usually used with phones and tablets. However, there is no sound isolation and there are a few other drawbacks that need to be taken into consideration by potential buyers.
Google teams up with Coinbase to accept crypto payments for cloud services
The long-term strategic partnership inked by Google Cloud and Coinbase involves the ability of select Web3 customers to pay for their cloud services using select cryptocurrencies. The list of supported currencies has not been unveiled yet, but more information should surface in the near future.
AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT graphics cards have dropped to US$669
Paving the way for the launch of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 and the AMD RDNA 3 GPUs, Big Navi-based video cards such as the Radeon RX 6900 XT are now getting generous discounts with some retailers. Prices are now US$1,000 lower than in January 2022, so those interested can grab the Radeon RX 6900 XT for less than US$700.
Nintendo Switch Update 15.0.0 now available with multiple changes
In addition to what Nintendo labels as "general system stability improvements" and delivers with each system update, the firmware update 15.0.0 for the brand's portable gaming console also allows users to take screenshots when using the Nintendo Switch Online application. Sadly, there are no other major changes.
Budget AMD B650E & B650-based mainboards hit the market, with none at the promised US$125 MSRP available yet
Although AMD promised a starting price of US$125 for the B650E & B650-based mainboards, the first batch to hit the market is far from it. Prices start around US$160 and go up to over US$400, depending on the features added by the third parties involved (US$449.99 for the ASRock B650E Taichi, for example).
Apple's 5G modem will not be ready before 2025
After a few years of rumors, it looks like Apple's in-house 5G modem is still not ready to see the light. According to insiders familiar with the matter, the iPhone 16, expected to arrive in 2024, will use chips that Qualcomm still has to unveil, so Apple's own 5G solution will not be ready before 2025.
iPhone SE 4 could come with a notched 6.1-inch LCD
According to reputed analyst Ross Young, the iPhone SE 4 will ship with a 6.1-inch IPS LCD screen. He previously revealed that the next-gen compact iPhone would hit the market with a 5.7-6.1-inch display with a notch for the selfie shooter. It is not clear yet when this handset will arrive, but late 2023 or early-mid 2024 are possible choices.
Doogee S61 Pro hands-on: Lightweight, transparent, affordable Android 12-driven ruggedness
Powered by the low-end MediaTek Helio G35 processor and without any metallic side protection, the affordable Doogee S61 Pro is as rugged as its more expensive siblings. This MIL-STD-810H-rated handset can handle water as well (IP68/IP69K), sports a replaceable back cover, and its reduced mass makes it ideal for kids.
The Google Pixel 7 family will bring 10-bit HDR video to Snapchat and TikTok
Compared to last year's Pixel 6 lineup, the Google Pixel 7 family comes with a few solid improvements, one of them being the introduction of 10-bit HDR video support. Snapchat and TikTok will both support this on the Pixel 7, thus becoming the first Android apps to do so, with others expected to follow.
Windows 11 delivers third-party widget support to developers in the latest Insider Preview Build
The Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25217 has just been delivered on the Dev Channel by Microsoft. This piece of code brings the ability to test third-party widgets to developers. However, these widgets are restricted to local use for now, but they should support for installation from the Microsoft Store soon.
Samsung reports the first Q3 profit drop in three years
According to the data revealed by the company's preliminary earnings guidance, Samsung Electronics' operating profit took a nearly 32 percent dive in the third quarter, the first time it dropped in the last three years. This was most likely caused by the low demand for memory chips and came alongside a less than 3 percent revenue increase.
Apple Watch Series 7 blows up after overheating on the user's wrist
An Apple Watch Series 7 has recently started overheating, and less than a day later, it began emitting smoke, and finally blew up. Fortunately, nobody was hurt in the process, but Apple tried to convince the user in question to stay silent on this matter, which he refused to do.
AGM H5 Pro hands-on: Rugged, proud, and insanely loud
The AGM H5 Pro is one of quite a few MIL-STD-810x-certified smartphones currently on the market that also feature an infrared night vision camera, but only its siblings can also boast a 3.5 W speaker that can hit 109 dB. In today's hands-on review, we will take a closer look at the pros and cons of this rugged handset that is hard to ignore.
AMD Ryzen 7000 CPUs are faster in Linux with Spectre V2 mitigations enabled
While most processors on the market are faster when disabling security tweaks/patches for certain bugs such as Spectre or Meltdown, it was recently discovered that the AMD Ryzen 7000 family does better when the Spectre V2 mitigations are enabled in the Linux kernel. The tests were first ran on the Ryzen 9 7950X, and then on the Ryzen 5 7600X.
World of Warcraft: Dragonflight PC requirements now include quite powerful hardware
Already featuring a few raytracing options and DirectX 12 support, World of Warcraft is now getting ready for the Dragonflight update and its system requirements for PC gamers have been pushed up. The SSD and a DX12 video card are now mandatory, while the amount of required system memory has doubled.
Doritos and Rockstar Energy Drink are teaming up with Xbox to give away various prizes
Starting today, the US and select international markets get Doritos and Rockstar Energy Drink products in special edition packaging. These products come with the chance to win thousands of prizes consisting of exclusve downloadable content for popular Xbox and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate titles, as well as one free month of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.
More flagships get support for Samsung's Expert RAW camera app
Previously available for Samsung's more recent flagships like the Galaxy S22 series, Galaxy Z Fold 3, and the Galaxy Z Fold 4, the Expert RAW photography app is now gaining full support for more devices. The trio that joins the list consists of Galaxy S20 Ultra, Note 20 Ultra, and Galaxy Z Fold 2.
Google Pixel 7 Pro specs leak online
The latest Google Pixel 7 Pro specs sheet that comes from a Taiwanese mobile carrier confirms previously rumored details such as face and fingerprint unlocking, as well as 5X optical zoom. The 48 MP telephoto shooter joins the 50 MP + 12 MP ultrawide duo rumored to equip the vanilla Pixel 7.
YouTube might limit 4K videos to YouTube Premium
After testing up to 10 unskippable ads before videos, YouTube is now apparently investigating another way to increase revenue. In the future, 4K videos could only be available for YouTube Premium users. Google declined to comment so far, so we can only hope this is just another experiment that will stay that way.
New benchmarks of the Intel Arc A770 & A550 Limited Edition cards surface online showing noticeable improvements
With less than two weeks until their release, Intel's Arc A770 and A750 video cards are back on Geekbench. The new benchmark results show both cards close to the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060, and the A770 is even faster in the OpenCL benchmark by over 3 percent. Taking pricing into account, this spells trouble for AMD and NVIDIA.
Microsoft will kill SwiftKey for iOS next week
After less than a decade since its release for iOS, which took place in September 2014, the Microsoft-owned virtual keyboard app SwiftKey (originally developed by TouchType) will be removed from the Apple App Store on October 5. This move comes after over a year without updates, but there is no official reason yet.
World Update XI: Canada hits Microsoft Flight Simulator
The recently released free update for Microsoft Flight Simulator introduces the world's second-largest country to the players. This update's list of highlights includes 12 urban regions enhanced with the latest photogrammetry data, nine missions, and no less than 87 hand-crafted points of interest.
1MORE SonoFlow hands-on: A simply amazing ANC headset for less than US$100
For less than US$100, the 1MORE SonoFlow comes with LDAC support, noise cancellation capabilities, and audio transparency. The impressive battery life of this headset hits 70 hours without ANC but goes down to 50 hours when using this feature. If needed, it can also work in wired mode thanks to the included extension cable.
PlayStation Stars debuts in Japan, other areas to follow in October
A few months after its announcement, the PlayStation Stars loyalty program for PlayStation users is now rolling out. Japan gets it today (alongside the rest of Asia), the Americas will follow on October 5, while Europe and Australia are scheduled to gain access on October 13 (local time, in all cases).
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 7000 "Storm Peak" surfaces online with 64 cores and 128 threads, 5 nm Zen 4 architecture
Recently spotted in the Einstein @Home database, the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 7000 "Storm Peak" processor is a 5 nm chip based on the Zen 4 architecture. Its OPN code suggests this is the first entry of a Zen 4-based Ryzen Threadripper 7000, most likely one of the mid-range models, with 64 cores and 128 threads.
D-Fly unveils the Dragonfly Hyperscooter
Now available via Indiegogo, the Dragonfly Hyperscooter features full-tilt steering and 4-wheel dual independent damped suspension, two 550 W motors, and a total peak power of 1,650 W to all wheels for a top speed of up to 25 mph. The price tag reads 1,750 GBP for DF and 2,100 GBP for the DFX variant (US$1,878 and US$2,254).
Star Labs unveils AMD/Intel-powered StarFighter Linux laptop
Available with both Intel and AMD processors, the StarFighter Linux laptop from Star Labs will be up for pre-orders in less than three weeks. Sadly, with prices from US$900 to US$3,000, interesting hardware specs overall, and quite a few configurations, this laptop comes with non-upgradeable memory.
DisplayMate awards the "Best Smartphone Display" title to the iPhone 14 Pro Max
Apple continues to dominate DisplayMate's smartphone display rankings, as the brand's iPhone 14 Pro Max has just grabbed the crown from its predecessor, receiving the A+ rating. The highlights of this Samsung-made display include a peak brightness of over 2,300 nits, infinite contrast ratio, and more.
Google Photos to get a fix for the (apparently) corrupted images issue
The corrupted (water damage, cracks, various distortions) old images noticed by many Google Photos users lately are only the result of a bug which, fortunately, doesn't alter the original photos. Google has just acknowledged this problem, also revealing that a fix is in the making and it should roll out soon.
Gigabyte GeForce RTX 4090 GAMING OC sold in Hong Kong for over US$2,500
Although it launched with a price tag of US$1,599, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 is often spotted for prices of around US$2,000, although still two weeks away from the official market launch. The latest price record? The equivalent of over US$2,500, for a Gigabyte GeForce RTX 4090 GAMING OC sold in Hong Kong.
Doogee brings back (and updates) the successful S96 Pro as the S96 GT
Two years and over one million units sold since its introduction, the MediaTek Helio G90-powered S96 Pro gets an update that keeps the overall design but improves the essentials. Doogee's S96 GT sports a MediaTek Helio G95, runs Android 12 out of the box, and is set to hit the market next month.
AMD Ryzen 7 6800U-powered GEEK & AYANEO 2 handheld gaming consoles by AYANEO to ship starting in December
Scheduled to start shipping in December, the handheld PC gaming consoles AYANEO GEEK and AYANEO 2 are now available via Indiegogo for special prices as low as US$300 less than the retail prices that start at US$949 and US$1,099. The main difference between the two is the display resolution: 800p vs. 1200p.
Google Pixel 7 specs leak online
The latest set of specs reveal most of the essentials of the upcoming Google Pixel 7 handset, including a Tensor G2 SoC and a Titan chip, 8 GB of memory and up to 256 GB internal storage, Android 13, 4,700 mAh battery with 30 W fast charging and wireless charging, and more. However, all these are not confirmed by Google yet.
Windows 10 to get a new feature update in October, namely 22H2
This week's feature update for Windows 11 reveals what might come soon to Windows 10 as well. Scheduled to arrive next month, Windows 10 22H2 will pack a rich set of tweaks and fixes, as well as printing-focused features, an improved focus mode, and more. Accurate information should surface in the coming weeks.
Mozilla Firefox celebrates its 20th anniversary, will continue to support current content blockers
Although its market share is no longer what it used to be, Firefox became two decades old yesterday and it's not going away anytime soon. The first 0.1 release arrived on September 23, 2002 as Phoenix. Version 1.0 followed more than two years later, on November 9, 2004, which is often considered the browser's birthday.
WhatsApp might get (limited) multi-device support soon
WhatsApp Companion mode, mentioned by rumors back in April, is a feature that allows users to link their accounts to a secondary phone or tablet. Now, some Android users got it with the latest beta of the application. However, it only works to connect a smartphone account to a tablet for now.
Second-generation Xiaomi Box 4K leaks online
Although Xiaomi still has to confirm it, the second iteration of its TV box should come out soon as it recently surfaced on the FCC certification website. The model number is MDZ-28-AA and its tech sheet includes 4K HDR video rendering, Bluetooth (BR+EDR, LE), as well as both WiFi 2.4 and 5 GHz.
Yeedi Vac Max robot vacuum hands-on: Smart house cleaning with both highs and lows
Packing both vacuum cleaning and mopping capabilities, the Yeedi Vac Max looks great in white and gets the job done well in most scenarios. With a price of less than US$300 and affordable consumables (edge brush, sponge filter, main brush, mop pad), this is a good choice for (semi-) automated house cleaning.
Older NVIDIA GeForce RTX GPUs might get DLSS 3 support
Although DLSS 3 will be exclusive to the upcoming NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4000 series, it might become compatible with the RTX 2000 and 3000 series in the future. However, if this happens, those older cards won't get the same benefits as the RTX 4000 (or later) when running DLSS 3-enabled games.
Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro users receive the September 2022 security patch thanks to MIUI 13.0.9 Global Stable
With MIUI 13.5 still stuck in the future, Xiaomi is now updating the Mi 10T Pro (and non-Pro, as usual) handsets with the latest security patch from Google. The size of the update is 301 MB, and there is nothing special to mention about the MIUI 13.0.9 Global Stable package apart from the increased security it promises.
Tekken 8 will be built from scratch with Unreal Engine 5
After almost three decades since it arrived on the market, the Tekken franchise is taking a major leap forward. The recently unveiled Tekken 8 game is being developed from scratch using the Unreal Engine 5 graphics engine, and promises to bring the visual area of this iconic series to a whole new level.
War Thunder 2.19 "Drone Age" now available with Chinese helicopters, UAVs, and much more
Released earlier today, the major update that brings War Thunder to version 2.19 includes Chinese helicopters, improved visual effects, scout and strike UAVs, as well as quite a few other pieces of military hardware. The "Drone Age" update also sports new locations and multiple minor tweaks and fixes.
MediaTek Dimensity 900-powered Doogee V30 family coming later this year
Doogee has big plans for the end of the year, with an entire family of devices powered by 6 nm MediaTek Dimensity processors in the making. The V30 family will include the regular edition, as well as the V30 Pro, V30 Max, and V30 Max Pro. These rugged handsets should hit the market in about two months.
New security flaw discovered in HP Support Assistant
Included with HP computers, but also available as a standalone release for non-HP PCs that use the brand's peripherals such as scanners or printers, HP Support Assistant is vulnerable to DLL hijacking. HP's security advisory on this topic also includes a fix for the problem, which is considered a high-level security threat.
Apple Watch Series 8 and Watch SE are now official
While the Apple Watch Series 8 comes with an Always-On Retina display, temperature sensing, and innovative features such as fall detection, emergency SOS, and crash detection. The Watch SE is 20 percent faster than the first generation and its list of features includes sleep tracking, new ways to train with the enhanced Workout app, and more.
PlayStation 5 CFI-1200 model teardown video reveals a complete internal redesign
Only available in Australia for the time being, the PlayStation 5 1200 model features a full internal redesign. In addition to the different internal layout, the new game console is also lighter and draws less power than its predecessors, namely the PlayStation 5 models 1000 and 1100.
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G and Galaxy S21 series get September 2022 security patch
While the Galaxy S21 series and the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G are now both receiving this month's security patch on Android 12, the previous generation flagships should receive Android 13 before the end of the year. For the Galaxy S20 FE 5G, this is scheduled to take place in March 2023.
Audiocase S5 and S10 portable speakers now available via Kickstarter
The two new portable speakers from Danish startup Audiocase, namely the S5 and S10, can hit an SPL of 125 dB and feature Class-D amplifiers with advanced DSP and up to 30 hours of playtime. Both are available on Kickstarter for a limited period at promotional prices: US$541 (S5) and US$702 (S10).
GameSir intros the X2 Pro mobile gaming controller for Android smartphones
Available on Amazon starting today, the GameSir X2 Pro is an Xbox licensed mobile gaming controller that was designed for Xbox cloud gaming on Android smartphones. Its features include ALPS analog joysticks and Hall Effect analog triggers, textured rubber grips, and more. The price tag reads US$79.99.
World of Tanks 1.18 comes with Italian tank destroyers, a new map, and more
Advertised as the biggest update of the year so far, World of Tanks 1.18 is now available with a branch of Italian tank destroyers that feature a non-standard autoloader, a new map for random battles called Outpost, a few rebalanced vehicles, matchmaking changes for light vehicles and SPGs, and more.
Doogee S98 Pro hands-on: The S98 gets a thermal camera and loses the secondary display
With the same processor and almost identical specs overall, the Doogee S98 Pro drops the 64 MP Samsung camera of its regular sibling for a 48 MP Sony image snapper but also comes with a thermal imaging camera while losing the secondary display. The result is a specialized handset that targets various professionals.
SK hynix Platinum P41 gets a 15 percent discount on Amazon
Starting tomorrow, the top-of-the-line SK hynix Platinum P41 PCIe NVMe SSD will get a 15 percent off coupon for the 2 TB and 1 TB models. This Amazon deal will only be available until Wednesday, August 31. The Gold P31 SSD with the same capacities is also available with the same discount until Wednesday.
Nextflix-bound BioShock film adaptation to be directed by Francis Lawrence
Netflix has just confirmed that the upcoming BioShock movie adaptation will be directed by Francis Lawrence, the man behind titles such as I Am Legend and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Michael Green (Logan, American Gods, Blade Runner 2049) will be in charge of the script, while the movie will be co-produced by 2K and Vertigo Entertainment.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 with 24 GB memory might be already in production
Although the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 40 family is expected to arrive in October, a fresh leak revealed that the GeForce RTX 4090 with an impressive 24 GB of memory has been in production for more than a week already. This card is expected to feature four display connectors, namely a single HDMI and three DP.
Samsung Internet 19.0 Beta now available with improved anti-tracking and phishing detection
Ready to download via the Google Play Store and Samsung Galaxy Store, Samsung Internet 19.0 Beta uses AI to detect and stop trackers, as well as to take care of phishing attempts. This version also comes with various minor tweaks and fixes, and is expected to launch officially at the end of the year.
Doogee S89 Pro launches today as the first rugged phone to ship with a 65 W charger
With a massive 12,000 mAh battery, 8/256 GB of memory/storage, the Helio P90-powered Doogee S89 Pro launches as the world's first rugged phone to ship with a 65 W fast charger. The non-Pro version comes with roughly the same hardware specs, but only 33 W fast charging, less storage, and a slightly inferior main camera.
SK hynix Platinum P41 and Gold P31 SSDs get discounted on Amazon
The list of upcoming Amazon deals for SK hynix SSDs in the following days includes a 20 percent discount for the P41 2TB/1TB/500GB starting on August 22, a 20 percent off one-day deal for the P31 2TB/1TB/500GB on August 23, and a 15 percent off coupon for the P31 2TB/1TB, starting on August 24.
TikTok is monitoring all keyboard inputs and taps on iOS
Recent research has shown that the TikTok iOS app opens any links inside an in-app browser and all interaction with the website is being recorded. This info can include passwords, credit card information, addresses, and so on. Although TikTok confirmed the existence of such features, the company also denied using them.
Sharkoon launches the SKILLER SGD10 and SGD20 gaming desks with extensive cable management
With a robust steel frame construction and a generous surface that can easily accommodate a multi-monitor setup and the needed peripherals, the Sharkoon SKILLER SGD10 and SGD20 gaming desks have a load capacity of up to 100 kilograms (220 pounds). Their height is adjustable in three stages. The prices start at 279 Euros (about US$284).
Wireless in-ear headphones Creative Outlier Sports now available for less than US$20
Although released half a decade ago, the Creative Outlier Sports remains an interesting product for active people who want a classic design and can live with some of the outdated specs, such as Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity. At US$19.99, down from a US$69.99 MSRP, these lightweight wireless in-ear headphones are a steal.
Tronsmart Onyx Ace Pro TWS hands-on: A basic and affordable AirPods alternative
The Tronsmart Onyx Ace Pro is an affordable AirPods alternative with Gaming Mode and impressive autonomy, as well as Siri, Cortana, and Google Assistant support. The 13 mm drivers and Qualcomm aptX support are also great in theory, but real-world usage might come with a few surprises.
1MORE EVO TWS hands-on: Flawless sound for the price and then some
With a classic and stylish design, the 1MORE EVO are more than meets the eye, packing high-quality audio via LDAC and SoundID support, as well as flexible noise cancellation capabilities. Today, we will take a closer look at this piece of tech that provides an excellent experience in all scenarios.
Vivaldi 5.4 now available with custom rocker gestures and multiple other improvements
Although the update for the mobile version is still at least a few days away, Vivaldi 5.4 for desktop users is now available with custom rocker gestures, the ability to turn off sound in web panels, as well as multiple under-the-hood optimizations for Vivaldi Mail, Calendar, and Feed Reader.
HiBy launches the RS2 digital audio player
The new RS2 is HiBy's second digital audio player that uses the Darwin audio architecture and can be pre-ordered for US$479. It supports up to 4 TB of storage via two card slots, 3.5 / 4.4 mm dual headphone output, PCM 384 kHz/DSD 256 audio, as well as up to 10 hours of play time and 40 days standby.
Linux Mint 21 "Vanessa" now available for download
Made available to the public yesterday, Linux Mint 21 "Vanessa" arrived more than two years after its predecessor. Just as expected, it is available in three versions, namely Cinnamon, Xfce, and MATE. Linux Mint 21 is a long-term support release that will receive updates until 2027.
MINISFORUM NUCXI5 and NUCXI7 now ready for sale, shipments scheduled to kick off in September
Not long after teasing them, MINISFORUM made the Intel-driven NUCXI5 and NUCXI7 mini PCs available for pre-order. Both feature NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3000 series video cards and can be configured as needed before placing the order. The prices start at US$859/US$1,029 for the barebone versions.
Doogee S98 hands-on: A stylish rugged handset suited for the office, industrial hall, and beyond
Since rugged phones are built to withstand what many other handsets can't, their designers usually don't bother much in the looks department. However, the MediaTek Helio G96-driven Doogee S98 looks very good while still being able to take a lot of punishment. It runs Android 12 out of the box and can easily handle most contemporary mobile apps.
GTA 6, still at least two years away, alleged to feature the first playable female protagonist in the series
Expected to hit the market in Take-Two's 2024 fiscal year (April 2023 to March 2024), the next installment in the Grand Theft Auto franchise promises to bring the first playable female protagonist of the series in an open world environment that promises to move beyond what GTA 5 has to offer. However, nothing is official yet.
MIUI 14 to feature a new design language, anti-fraud protection, and more
While most Xiaomi users are still waiting for the MIUI 13.5 update, the first bits of information on MIUI 14 show up. The latest early beta version comes with anti-fraud protection, the ability to recognize text on images in the Gallery app, as well as multiple visual changes that suggest the use of a new approach to interface design.
Rugged Doogee S89 Pro coming next week with a massive 12,000 mAh battery and ''Batman Design''
Powered by Mediatek's Helio P90 processor, the MIL-STD-810H-certified Doogee S89 Pro is a rugged phone that sports a 12,000 mAh battery with 65 W fast charging, as well as a 6.3-inch LCD FHD+ display, a tricolor breathing light, and more. The early-bird discount can push the price below the US$250 mark.
MediaTek Helio G85-powered AGM H5 Pro goes up for pre-order
Featuring the same Android version and loud speaker as its non-Pro sibling, the MediaTek Helio G85-driven AGM H5 Pro can be already pre-ordered for US$319, down from a regular price of US$369. The limited-time offer also throws a free charging dock and buds into the retail package for increased value.
Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro users get the July 2022 security patch via the MIUI 13.0.8 Global Stable update
While waiting for the MIUI 13.5 update, Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro (and non-Pro, as usual) users receive a new software update. With a size of about 265 MB, the MIUI 13.0.8 Global Stable update comes with the latest security patches and nothing else, although there might also be some minor tweaks and fixes included.
Microsoft finally buries Internet Explorer today
Today, Microsoft has stopped providing support for its once-dominant web browser. However, this is not surprising since the 27-year-old Internet Explorer has been in control of less than one percent of the browser market for a while and its replacement, namely Microsoft Edge, has been around for 7 years already.
War Thunder 2.17 "Danger Zone" comes with rewind for replays and a lot of new military hardware
Labeled 2.17 and called "Danger Zone," the latest update for War Thunder brings the legendary F-14A Tomcat jet, an Israeli helicopter tech tree, the first Chinese helo, napalm bombs, two new locations, as well as the rewind functionality for replays. The patch also comes with a long list of bug fixes and tweaks.
HyperX MIX Buds: 2.4 GHz wireless and Bluetooth audio for gamers on the move
In addition to the generous battery life of up to 10 hours, the new HyperX MIX come with both 2.4 GHz wireless and Bluetooth connectivity for increased device compatibility. A USB-C adapter is also included, so gamers can enjoy these earbuds with their smartphones and tablets, but also with their laptops and desktop PCs.
MIUI 13.0.7 Stable: One unexpected software update for the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro
As Xiaomi is gearing up to deliver MIUI 13.5 to a very long list of devices, including the Mi 10T Pro and non-Pro, these two handsets receive an unexpected software update that includes this month's security patch and has over 800 MB in size. Unsurprisingly, there are no new features to talk about.
MIL-STD-810H-rated Doogee S98 Pro is now available worldwide
With all early bird promotions gone, the Doogee S98 Pro is now available worldwide for the regular price of US$439.99. However, while this MIL-STD-810H-rated handset can be acquired with various discounts that depend on the retailer, the local taxes can push the price up for some customers as well.
Shiba Inu founder goes dark(er)
Although not much is known about Shiba Inu's creator, Ryoshi, now this mysterious person is back in the dark after he removed all the social media content he ever posted. However, this extreme move has not affected much the popular meme coin yet, which has just teamed up with leading travel agency Travala.
MIUI 13.0.6 Global Stable brings the April 2022 security patch to Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro users
Although it is already June and the May security patch has been around for a while, the MIUI 13.0.6 Global Stable software update for the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro only includes the April security patch. As its description shows, this 262 MB software package does not bring any other noticeable changes.
Diablo Immortal hits mobile platforms as promised
While some regions received it one day earlier, Diablo Immortal is now available globally for mobile players. The Open Beta version for Windows PCs is also surfacing today, although it will probably lose most of its players to Diablo 4 once that title hits the market (hopefully next year).
BioShock: The Collection is the latest freebie on Epic Games
Released back in September 2016, the compilation known as BioShock: The Collection is now free on the Epic Games Store. The package consists of BioShock, BioShock 2, and BioShock Infinite. The original games come with new textures, support for higher resolutions and framerates, as well as all the DLCs launched after their release.
MediaTek Dimensity 700-powered Blackview BL8800 and BL8800 Pro rugged phones now available
Sporting a massive 8,380 mAh battery with 33 W fast charge and a MediaTek Dimensity 700 processor, the Blackview BL8800 and BL8800 Pro are only set apart by the cameras on the back. While the BL8800 comes with a night vision image snapper, its Pro sibling features a FLIR thermal imaging camera.
Non-skin contact wearable device amofit S now shipping
Described as "the world's first non-skin contact wearable device which aims to improve overall human body performance and help people with anxiety, insomnia, and chronic disease related to problems in the vagus nerve," the Amofit S is the improved version of the AMO+, which was released in 2019, and starts at US$199.
Borderlands 3 is free on Epic Games until Thursday
Those who missed last week's big news can still grab the latest freebie from Epic, namely Borderlands 3, which became available on May 20. Released back in September 2019, this title is a great action role-playing first-person shooter that shipped more than five million copies in the first five days on the market.
Tronsmart launches the affordable Onyx Ace Pro TWS with Qualcomm aptX support and 13 mm drivers
Although there are countless TWS earbuds available in the sub-US$50 area of the market, the Tronsmart Onyx Ace Pro is one of the few capable of bringing together Qualcomm aptX support and 13 mm drivers. Now available on Tronsmart's website, GeekBuying, and AliExpress, the Onyx Ace Pro will also hit Amazon next month.
The SK hynix Platinum P41 flagship PCIe NVMe SSD hits Amazon
Yesterday, SK hynix has finally unleashed its first Gen 4.0 SSD with a 176-NAND layer, namely the Platinum P41. As unveiled back in early January, it is available in 500 GB, 1 TB, and 2 TB versions. The prices start at US$104.99 and go up to US$259.98, but the stock seems depleted already.
Doogee's upcoming S98 Pro goes up for pre-order, launch date set on June 6
Just as promised, the MediaTek Helio G96-powered Doogee S98 Pro rugged handset will launch in June. The accurate date is June 6, and those interested can already place their orders and take advantage of an excellent early bird discount that takes the regular price of US$439.99 down to just US$299.99.
1MORE unleashes the top-of-the-line EVO TWS earbuds
As promised, the 1MORE EVO TWS earbuds are now available with SGS-certified adaptive ANC, support for the LDAC codec that delivers an excellent level of acoustic detail, SoundID personalized sound, wireless charging for the case, and a battery life of up to 28 hours (20 hours with ANC enabled). The price tag reads US$169.99.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480-powered AGM Glory G1S now available with both thermal imaging and night vision
Outdoor mobile devices pioneer AGM is back with another rugged handset that will join the Glory lineup, namely the Glory G1S. Already available for purchase, this 5G heavy-duty phone sports a thermal imaging camera, as well as a 20 MP night vision image sensor, a 48 MP main image snapper, and a 2 MP macro camera.
UFO-inspired Doogee S98 Pro coming in June, thermal camera in tow
Built around the same MediaTek Helio G96 processor like its non-Pro sibling, the upcoming Doogee S98 Pro also sports a thermal imaging camera in addition to the 20 MP night vision sensor and the main 64 MP image snapper. This rugged Android 12 handset is scheduled to hit the market in early June.
MIUI 13 finally hits the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro, but it's far from perfect
After a long wait, Android 12 arrived on the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro in Europe (and other regions, since the update is a global one) as MIUI 13.0.2. The update package has 3.3 GB in size and includes quite a few changes and fixes, but also packs new bugs and compatibility issues (Xiaomi's popular app Poco Launcher is also a victim).
Sanctions on Russia's central bank might push Bitcoin above the US$1 million mark
Although Bitcoin struggles to hit US$50,000 once again, a recent prediction claims that last year's highs of nearly US$70,000 will become a mere joke compared to the US$1,300,000 ATH expected to arrive in the coming months. "The upside for gold and bitcoin is potentially dramatic" due to the sanctions on Russia's central bank, claim the analysts.
The long-awaited MINISFORUM B550 is finally ready for launch
Still compatible with full-size video cards thanks to an external mounting dock, the MINISFORUM B550 only supports up to 65 W TDP processors. The configurations available for pre-order start at US$499, the price of the barebone variant with a Ryzen 7 4700G processor. The retail package will include the expansion dock for an external GPU.
ROCCAT intros the Burst Pro Air wireless gaming mouse
Built using the Owl-Eye optical 19K DPI sensor and Titan optical switches, the wireless Burst Pro Air has a rechargeable battery that can last up to 100 hours, and a rapid charging session of 10 minutes provides up to five hours of use. This mouse is now up for pre-order and the global launch will take place on April 26.
Skullcandy launches limited-edition Grind, Push Active, and Dime TWS earbuds in collaboration with Pit Viper
The new collection of limited-edition products that arrived earlier today is the result of Skullcandy's collaboration with sunglasses brand Pit Viper and includes the popular Grind, Push Active, and Dime TWS earbuds with a new design. The first 100 purchases will come with a pair of Pit Viper sunglasses.
Doogee S98 goes up for pre-order, shipments starting next month
Expected to ship next month, the MediaTek Helio G96-powered Doogee S98 can be pre-ordered for a discounted price of just US$239 until April 1st, when it will go up to US$339. Its highlights include a 20 MP night vision camera, a smart rear display, a massive 6,000 mAh battery, and much more.
Samsung unveils the Smart Monitor M8 series
Available in four modern colors, the new Smart Monitor M8 by Samsung features a SlimFit Cam and comes with support for services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+ and Apple TV via Wi-Fi (no PC or TV needed). The model already up for pre-order globally, namely the M80B, has a 32-inch 4K UHD display.
War Thunder 2.15 "Wind of Change" arrives with new graphic features, ground vehicles, ships, and aircraft
The first major update of 2022 comes with the legendary A-10A Thunderbolt II ground-attack aircraft, alongside other planes, Swedish helicopters, multiple ground vehicles, various ships, as well as an updated graphics engine (Dagor Engine 6.5) with significantly improved effects and a massive Ultra HD texture pack.
AGM H5, allegedly the first Android 12 rugged handset, coming next month with the loudest speaker in a phone
Advertised as the world's first stock Android 12 rugged smartphone that also sports the loudest phone speaker available (up to 109 dB), the AGM H5 can be pre-ordered until the end of the month with a 15 percent discount (regular price is US$269 for the 4/64 GB variant), alongside free earbuds and charging dock. Shipments will start on April 18.
Doogee V20 hands-on: An affordable rugged Android handset with a few tricks up its sleeve
Many rugged smartphones focus on being sturdy above anything else, so they often end up with drawbacks such as weak software support or outdated hardware. Thankfully, the MediaTek Dimensity 700-powered Doogee V20 packs quite a punch in most areas and does so without carrying an outrageous price tag.
Bitcoin drops below US$35,000 as Russian troops enter Ukraine
After a sharp drop that took it down to US$34,338.56, Bitcoin is now back above US$35,000. This dive of the world's most popular cryptocurrency comes as a direct consequence of Russia's military actions in Ukraine and, unfortunately, is also accompanied by a noticeable decline of the global stock market.
Sharkoon intros the steel-made MS-Y1000 and MS-Z1000 micro-ATX cases
Leaving RGB lighting aside, the MS-Y1000 and MS-Z1000 micro-ATX cases from Sharkoon come with a front panel that sports Y-shaped or Z-shaped airflow openings, four pre-installed fans, as well as room for a 240 mm radiator in the top. An optionally available kit for installing graphics cards up to 27 cm long is also available for both cases.
General Motors to kill Marketplace, its in-car shopping app
Introduced at the end of 2017, the Marketplace app that allowed drivers to order and pay for various goods and services is now ready to leave the scene. According to General Motors, the service will be discontinued next month, but it might be replaced by a similar in-car shopping solution soon enough.
Panasonic unveils the 25.2 MP Lumix GH6 mirrorless camera with active cooling, 5.7K 10-bit video shooting, and more
Scheduled to hit the market in less than a month, the new Lumix G6 sports a new Venus Engine processor and a 25.2 MP sensor with a sensitivity range of ISO 50 - 25,600 for photos (up to 12,800 for videos), 4:2:2 10-bit C4K at 60p video recording, active cooling, full-size HDMI, as well as WiFi 5 and Bluetooth 5 connectivity.
FlexiSpot's E7 standing desk is available with a 120 Euros price cut until the end of the month
With multiple choices that can take its price above the 1,000 Euros threshold, such as cable management accessories or monitor arms, the FlexiSpot E7 standing desk starts at roughly 450 Euros (frame price alone). Until the end of the month, customers from Germany, the Netherlands, and Austria can take advantage of a 120 Euros discount.
MIUI 12.5.12 Enhanced Edition brings the January 2022 security patch to Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro users
Without any date for the arrival of the Android 12-based MIUI 13 update for their handsets to talk about yet, Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro owners are now receiving a new piece of code based on Android 11. Sadly, MIUI 12.5.12 Enhanced Edition only includes the January 2022 security patch and nothing else.
Ukraine legalizes Bitcoin and other virtual assets
Yesterday, Ukraine legislators voted in favor of legalizing cryptocurrencies. The goal of this move is to reduce corruption risks and to prevent fraud. This is the second attempt in five months, as the early October bill that had a similar goal was vetoed by President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Sharkoon unveils the V1000 RGB micro-ATX case
The Sharkoon V1000 got the RGB treatment, thus becoming the V1000 RGB. This micro-ATX features three preinstalled RGB LED fans, an addressable RGB controller, a tempered glass side panel, and can accommodate micro-ATX and mini-ITX mainboards. The manufacturer's suggested price is 79.9 Euros (roughly US$91).
Zigma launches the Smart Aerio 300 Real AI Wi-Fi Air Purifier
Fully supporting voice control via Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant, the Smart Aerio 300 Wi-Fi air purifier with advanced AI capabilities needs just 30 minutes to clean 840 square feet, while 1580 square feet can be cleaned within an hour. This new accessory for the modern home also comes with noticeable energy savings thanks to AI-driven control.
Garmin intros the Instinct 2 rugged GPS smartwatch
The latest batch of rugged GPS smartwatches by Garmin consists of both solar and non-solar models, in two sizes. Compared to their predecessors, the new Instinct smartwatches feature an improved SpO2 sensor, an NFC chip, as well as the ability to calculate VO₂ max levels. Solar models also promise unlimited battery life.
1 TB SK Hynix Gold S31 SATA SSD is on sale for US$79.04 until Sunday
Those who are still using a SATA drive for various reasons can grab the 1 TB SK Hynix Gold S31 SSD for 17 percent off. After the discount, the regular price of US$94.99 goes down to US$79.04, which is very good for one of the best-rated SATA SSDs currently available for purchase.
EXCITRUS launches the MagSafe-compatible PD100W power bank
Described as "the ultimate travel and work companion" and less than 500 grams (1.06 pounds) in weight, the EXCITRUS PD100W power bank has a 20,800 mAh Li-ion battery inside and the ability to charge up to four devices simultaneously (via wireless charging, two USB-C ports, and one USB-A). The price tag reads just US$99.
Belgian politician Christophe De Beukelaer becomes the first European official to be paid in crypto
Inspired by the mayor of New York City, Belgian official Christophe De Beukelaer has decided to receive his paychecks in Bitcoin. Since he is the first European official to do so and the legal framework is not yet in place, his monthly paycheck of 5,500 Euros will be converted to cryptocurrency (no details available yet).
Verizon-exclusive TCL 30 V 5G smartphone now available for US$299.99
Introduced as the most affordable 5G-capable handset exclusively available for Verizon customers, the sub-US$300 TCL 30 V 5G has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 chipset inside, a generous 6.67-inch FHD+ display, dual speakers, as well as a 3.5 mm audio jack. It comes with a pre-installed 5G SIM and runs Android 11.
Austrian Audio launches the PG16, its first gaming headset
Compatible with a wide range of devices, the TeamSpeak-certified Austrian Audio PG16 gaming headset features 44 mm high-excursion drivers, a lift-to-mute omnidirectional microphone, easily replaceable earcups, metal hinges, as well as a foldable design that ensures maximum portability. The price tag reads 139 Euros (about US$157).
New York City Mayor receives his first paycheck in crypto
The recently elected mayor of New York City, Eric Adams, has received his first paycheck in cryptocurrency earlier this week via Coinbase's Direct Deposit. Thanks to the Bitcoin & Ethereum combination that was transferred to his wallet, he became the first mayor of the Big Apple to be paid using crypto.
Hi-Res Audio-certified Sharkoon SKILLER SGH50 gaming headset now available for 59.9 Euros (~US$68)
With a certified frequency range from 10 Hz to 40 kHz, the Sharkoon SKILLER SGH50 gaming headset provides an excellent audio experience for more than just online or offline battles that require accurate reproduction of explosions, footsteps, or engine sounds. Those interested can already acquire it for less than 60 Euros (US$68).
AMD Radeon RX 6500 XT-based cards available from multiple OEMs, but finding one below US$250 is a tough challenge
Advertised by AMD as capable of delivering an optimal 1080p gaming experience "with the fastest clocks on a gaming card in the world's first 6nm discrete GPU," the Radeon RX 6500 XT has a starting price of US$199.99. Unfortunately, finding in stock these cards, and even most custom versions with prices below US$250 seems impossible.
Rock space launches the second-generation dual-core AX1800 wireless router
In addition to a different design, the second iteration of the Rock space AX1800 wireless router also comes with WPA3 security and TWT support for lower power consumption on the connected devices. The list of features inherited from the first version includes WiFi 6, OFDMA, BSS Coloring, and more.
Sharkoon intros the TG7M RGB ATX case
The Sharkoon TG7M RGB case comes with a tempered glass side panel, an air-permeable mesh front panel, four preinstalled RGB LED fans (with space for three others), an addressable RGB controller, and can accommodate a 360 mm-long radiator. The manufacturer's suggested price is 109 Euros (roughly US$124).
Dogecoin gets back in the game as Tesla begins accepting it (car payments not included yet)
Although no Tesla cars can be purchased using DOGE yet, the official Tesla online store is currently selling the Cyberquad for Kids (none in stock right now, apparently) and accepts this meme coin as (the only?) payment method. Other products available for DOGE are the Cyberwhistle and the Giga Texas Belt Buckle.
Telegram could be banned all over the European Union
Pointing out the undeniable fact that it is being used extensively by extremist groups, Germany aims to shut down Telegram across the country, and even across the entire European Union. In addition to death threats against officials, Telegram is employed by anti-vaxxers in their campaign against COVID-19 shots.
Shiba Inu might be coming to Robinhood in February
After an initial jump of over 15 percent that came after the new rumors regarding a listing on Robinhood, Shiba Inu is now down nearly 7 percent compared to yesterday. Although the meme coin will probably hit Robinhood sooner or later, it looks like it will take some time until it even gets near to the ATH value.
Sharkoon launches the TG4M RGB ATX case
Sharkoon's latest case, namely the TG4M RGB, features a tempered glass side panel, an air-permeable mesh front panel, four preinstalled RGB LED fans, an addressable RGB controller, and enough room for most users. The manufacturer's suggested price for this ATX case is 74.90 Euros (roughly US$86).
MINISFORUM unveils the Ryzen 5 3550H-powered UM350 mini PC
With a starting price of just US$269 (barebone version) and an attractive US$429 deal available for the 16/512 GB version, the Ryzen 5 3550H-powered MINISFORUM UM350 will start shipping before the end of February. This mini PC comes with Windows 10 Pro preinstalled, except for the barebone version.
Doogee V20 gets a launch date and a special price for the first 1,000 buyers
The upcoming Doogee V20 has just received a launch date and a final price, with a special deal for the first 1,000 buyers also included. This rugged handset will hit AliExpress on February 21 with a price tag of US$399. However, the first 1,000 customers will be able to get it for just US$299.
AndaSeat unveils the Phantom 3 gaming chair, reactive rocking function and up to 160° recline in tow
Described as "the ultimate comfy gaming chair users won't want to leave," AndaSeat's Phantom 3 comes in white, black, gray, or pink and features an easy-to-assemble yet durable design, reactive rocking, up to 160° recline, and comes with lumbar and neck pillows included. The price tag reads US$299.99.
Sharkoon SKILLER SGS20 gaming chair now available for 219 Euros (~US$248)
With no less than four color options (gray, red, orange, and blue), the Sharkoon SKILLER SGS20 comes with two cover choices, namely synthetic leather and fabric. It has a load capacity of 120 kilograms (265 pounds) and is available for sale at a manufacturer's suggested price of 219 Euros (roughly US$248).
Astro Slide, the first 5G smartphone with a full physical backlit keyboard is now up for pre-order (and on display in Las Vegas)
At the end of a successful Indiegogo campaign that raised almost one million Euros by early May 2020, the Astro Slide 5G was supposed to arrive in March 2021. Now, there are over 5,000 backers and 2.2 million Euros involved. The device is on display at CES 2022 and shipments are scheduled to kick off in March.
Vivaldi hits the Astro Slide 5G
Not long after becoming the first browser on Android Automotive, Vivaldi now hits the Astro Slide 5G phone, a device inspired by old-school handhelds like the Nokia Communicator. The device created by UK-based Planet Computers ships with Vivaldi and is currently on display at CES 2022 in Las Vegas.
Lenovo reveals the ThinkVision P27h and P27q Gen 3 monitors
The third-generation ThinkVision P27h and P27q professional monitors come with modular flexibility, digital wellness, and sustainability in mind. Both feature a 4-side near edgeless bezel design, QHD resolution, and a one-cable docking solution. They will be available in July, starting at US$499.
Lenovo unveils the Q27h-20, Q27q-20, and Q24i-20 consumer monitors
The 27-inch Lenovo Q27h-20 is a high-end edgeless 27-inch QHD monitor with a stylish design, Eyesafe-certified low blue light technology, as well as an integrated USB-C one-cable docking solution that provides up to 90 W of charging power. It will hit the US market in May with a starting price of US$349.99.
Lenovo launches the G27qe-20 and G24qe-20 gaming monitors
The entry-level gaming monitors Lenovo G27qe-20 and G24qe-20 come with a 1 ms MPRT response time, 100 Hz refresh rate, AMD FreeSync and Lenovo Artery support, and more. Both are certified by Eyesafe to provide a superior viewing experience without eye strain or color distortion. They will hit the market in March, starting at US$259.99.
Lenovo intros the Legion Y25-30 monitor
The AMD FreeSync Premium-compatible Lenovo Legion Y25-30 is a 3-side NearEdgeless IPS gaming monitor with a smart variable refresh rate of up to 240 Hz, 1 ms response time (0.5 ms moving picture response time), integrated stereo speakers, a USB hub, and more. It will launch in May, starting at US$339.99.
Lenovo unveils the Go 130W multi-port charger alongside two Yoga wireless mice
The compact Lenovo Go 130 W multi-port charger provides three USB-C power delivery ports with up to 100 W, as well as a typical USB-A port with quick charging up to 18 W. The charger features intelligent power allocation and sports LED indicators for each port. It will hit the market in April starting at US$99.99, followed by the mice in June.
Sharkoon intros the B2 & RUSH ER40 gaming headsets
Sharkoon's latest headsets come with different treats for gaming fans, so while the first one sports stylish 3D-like RGB illumination, the second comes with a subtle black design that features modular cables and a detachable microphone. Their suggested prices are 31.90 Euros (RUSH ER40) and 49.90 Euros (B2).
SK hynix announces the Platinum P41 PCIe NVMe Gen 4.0 SSD
Scheduled to hit the market later this year alongside the existing Gold P31 and Gold S31 series, the Platinum P41 will be the first Gen 4.0 SSD with a 176-NAND layer by SK hynix. Designed to fulfill the needs of gamers and content creators, it will be available in 500 GB, 1 TB, and 2 TB versions.
Hyundai might drop combustion engines, but hydrogen cars remain in the cards
Shortly after a report concerning the (unconfirmed yet) decision to cease developing combustion engines, it was rumored that Hyundai has decided to halt the development of a third-generation fuel cell stack for hydrogen cars. The company has just denied this rumor, but it might offer a full electric lineup starting next year or in 2023, at least for a few months.
Amazon account banned on Amazon-owned Twitch
Twitch has strict community guidelines, and they seem to work better than the legislation of many countries in the world. The official Spanish-language Amazon Prime Video channel was suspended from Twitch (which is owned by Amazon) on Sunday, shortly after a presenter accidentally revealed her breast during a live show.
MINISFORUM's Christmas Sale slashes prices by up to US$222
MINISFORUM's Christmas Sale discounts campaign has begun yesterday and is scheduled to last until January 10, 2022. The list of discounts includes generous price cuts for existing models such as the U820 and UM700, pre-sale discounts for the EliteMini HM90 and HX90, as well as flash sales.
ShibaSwap developer Eric M: Shiba Inu’s Layer 2 solution coming soon
In a discussion that took place on a Discord server focused on SHIB, ShibaSwap developer Eric M said that Shibarium, Shiba Inu's Layer 2 scaling solution, will arrive "soon" but did not mention an accurate date. However, he revealed that Shiba does not have to wait for Ethereum 2.0's deployment to release Shibarium.
NVIDIA releases the GeForce Game Ready Driver 497.29 with new profiles, support for GTFO and Horizon Zero Dawn
In addition to ensuring "the best gaming experience in GTFO and Horizon Zero Dawn," the NVIDIA GeForce Game Ready Driver 497.29 also comes with support for 10 new GeForce Experience Optimal Playable Settings profiles. The list includes popular titles such as Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition, World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, EVE Online, and more.
Lexar intros ARES DDR5-4800 memory for desktops
Introduced last week and with wide availability expected to follow during the first quarter of 2022, the ARES DDR5-4800 desktop memory solution by Lexar targets next-gen Alder Lake-powered systems and features on-die ECC, 1.1 V voltage, aluminum heat spreaders, and it comes covered with a Lifetime limited warranty.
More Doogee V20 details surface, showing big improvements over the V10
One month after unveiling just that its upcoming V20 rugged phone will sport a 2K AMOLED display, Doogee reveals much more about it. This upcoming rugged smartphone sports a 1.05-inch secondary display, 8/256 GB of memory/storage, a 64 MP main camera alongside a 20 MP night vision shooter, and more.
ElecJet Apollo Ultra hands-on: The world's fastest and nearly perfect power bank
Lighter than its competitors and with less than 30 minutes needed to go from completely depleted to fully loaded, the ElecJet Apollo Ultra is a 10,000 mAh power bank that sets the bar very high. Today, we will take a close look at it and see if there's enough in it to justify the US$99 MSRP.
Melania Trump to release her first NFT this holiday season
The first non-fungible token of the former first lady of the United States will go on sale this holiday season. Named Melania's Vision, it uses watercolor art by Marc-Antoine Coulon. Its goal is to embody the "cobalt blue eyes" of Mrs. Trump and to deliver "an amulet to inspire" the collector.
Intel Core i5-11320H-powered MINISFORUM EliteMini TH50 now up for pre-order starting at US$529
With a starting pre-order price of US$529 (16 GB, no SSD), the Intel Core i5-11320H-powered MINISFORUM EliteMini TH50 will only begin shipping at the end of February 2022. The other configurations available are 16/256 GB (US$569) and 16/512 GB (US$599). For all three, the regular prices will be US$120 higher.
MIUI 12.5.10 Enhanced Edition brings last month's security patch to the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro
Most likely the final step before the arrival of the MIUI 13 firmware, the MIUI 12.5.10 update hits the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro handsets. While this update has only 160 MB and includes the November 2021 security patch alongside the usual tweaks and fixes, there are no new features involved.
War Thunder 2.13 "Winged Lions" comes with more Israeli aircraft, new ships and tanks across all nations, and much more
Introduced yesterday, War Thunder 2.13 "Winged Lions" is a major update that brings a wide range of Israeli aircraft (in Closed Beta stage for now, unfortunately) into the game, alongside quite a few new tanks, ships, locations, missions, improved graphics effects (air movement now has an impact on particle effects such as fire and smoke), and more.
Coolpo AI Huddle Pana smart conference camera hands-on: Good-looking and easy to use video conferencing solution
Due to the ongoing pandemic, solutions like the Coolpo AI Huddle Pana smart conference camera are in high demand. Although its price and feature set make it more of a business-oriented accessory, this piece of hardware can be used in multiple scenarios, including homeschooling and virtual family gatherings.
More merchants support Shiba Inu payments as the US$0.01 milestone remains a dream
While its long-term momentum remains weak, Shiba Inu continues to climb in popularity thanks to its adoption as a payment option by Flexa. The services of this crypto payment company are supported by merchants like GameStop, Lowe's, Nordstrom, and more, with a total of over 40,000 stores across the US.
Multiple Android 12 ROMs available for the four-year-old Xiaomi Mi A1
More than four years after it launched running Android 7, the Xiaomi Mi A1 lives on thanks to the community support it has been receiving ever since. Although it gets no more official security patches and the latest major Android update is Pie, a few Android 12-based ROMs are already available for this popular smartphone.
Vivaldi 5.0 comes with a revamped theme editor and theme sharing, translate panel, and more
While Vivaldi 5.0 for Android becomes the world's first mobile browser to introduce two-level tab stacks, as well as desktop-like Panels for tablets and Chromebooks, its desktop sibling comes with a fully reworked theme editor, theme sharing, a translate panel, as well as a download pop-up on the address bar.
Get the UGREEN HiTune X6 earbuds for US$48.99 instead of US$69.99
UGREEN's "next step in the evolution of the X-series," namely the HiTune X6 ANC earbuds, come with 35 dB dual ANC (thanks to the use of six microphones), also adding 10 mm high fidelity dynamic drivers and 50 ms low-latency to the mix. Until December 11, this piece of tech is up for sale at US$48.99 instead of US$69.99.
MIUI 12.5.9 Enhanced Edition hits the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro without any noticeable changes
On the road that leads to the highly anticipated MIUI 13 firmware, the popular Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro gets another update from the 12.x branch, namely MIUI 12.5.9. The 657 MB-large update includes the October 2021 security patch and the usual tweaks and fixes, but without any new features on top.
Pamu Z1 Pro hands-on: Capable ANC TWS earbuds with highs, lows, and a few surprises
While many brands use a software app to compensate for weak hardware or provide above-average hardware to make up for the lack of a customization app, Padmate brings both into the equation. Today, we will see how inspired is this brand's product labeled "Pamu Z1 Pro" and advertised to eliminate up to 40 dB of noise while providing excellent quality audio.
Magic Eraser is back on the Pixel 6 with the latest update, ghost dialing has been addressed
Last week, a bugged update removed the Magic Eraser feature from Google Photos. Now, Google Pixel 6 users get that back, alongside a fix for the ghost dialing errors affecting Google Assistant on these handsets. These two problems are now gone thanks to the latest Google app and Google Photos updates.
Google Chrome 96 now available for all platforms
In a rather silent move, Google introduced Chrome 96 on all platforms. However, it looks like this new piece of code is all about under-the-hood changes. The update will roll out to all devices in the coming weeks and — at least for now — there is no information regarding security updates that come with it.
Two high-rated security issues have been confirmed by Intel for a few processor series
Although the two vulnerabilities described in today's security advisories are not labeled "critical," Intel describes both as posing a high-security risk. The two issues target Intel processors from generations 7, 10, and 11. Thankfully, BIOS updates will iron out these security flaws.
Xbox Design Lab revives rubberized grips and metallic finishes, offers new color options
In addition to the rubberized grips and metallic finishes that are returning to Xbox Design Lab, the list of customization options available for Xbox controllers and their parts also includes a few new color options and designs inspired by Skyrim, Battlefield 2042, Forza Horizon 5, and Riders Republic.
Dislike count for all existing YouTube videos becomes private
Although YouTube users can still dislike videos, the count of dislikes received is no longer visible to anyone but the creator of the content. However, this feature is rolling out gradually and it might take at least a few more days for it to be up and running on a global scale.
Kazakhstan is now the second-biggest bitcoin mining location globally
As recently revealed by the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance, Kazakhstan is now the world's second-biggest bitcoin mining location, mostly due to the cheap power available and the crypto miners relocating from China. However, this weighs heavily on the country's power grid, which relies heavily on coal-generated electricity.
The flagship USB DAC/headphone amp HiBy FC5 is now available for purchase
The HiRes certified FC5 USB DAC/headphone amp by HiBy supports MQA and features a 4.4 mm balanced output with 125 mW output power. The hardware inside the sleek metal body of the FC5 includes the ES9281 Pro DAC, dual ES9603Q headphone amps, hardware volume controls, as well as RGB lights.
Shiba Inu’s userbase is getting closer to the 1 million milestone
In the past 3 months, the total number of Shiba Inu holders grew by roughly 50 percent. On Twitter, the Shiba Inu project has more followers than Kraken, Cardano, or Solana. However, it looks like it might take a while for this coin to be listed on the popular brokerage platform Robinhood Crypto.
Twitter Blue now available in the US and New Zealand
Introduced in Canada and Australia this summer, Twitter Blue is now available in the US and New Zealand as well. The US$2.99 per month subscription plan comes with a clutter-free format for reading threads (obviously free of ads), bookmark management, quickly typo fix before tweeting, and more.
Samsung unleashes industry's first LPDDR5X DRAM
Built using the 14 nm technology, Samsung's first 16 Gb LPDDR5X memory chips promise to drive further growth beyond the mobile sector, also targeting 5G and AI applications, as well as the metaverse. The new 16 Gb LPDDR5X comes three years after Samsung introduced the industry's first 8 Gb LPDDR5 modules.
Brave Browser joins forces with Solana Labs, blockchain integration coming next year
By joining forces with the fastest blockchain in the world, Brave Browser is planning to provide the best-in-class wallet features to its desktop and mobile browsers starting in the first half of 2022. However, the company will continue to support Ethereum and aims to integrate additional blockchains over time.
Motorola's upcoming Moto Edge X might be the first handset to use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 898
According to a Weibo tipster that has been around for a while, Motorola's Moto Edge X will be the first Qualcomm Snapdragon 898-powered handset to hit the market. Sadly, there are no details regarding this possible launch available at this time and it is very likely that the handset will only be available in China for a while.
GTA: The Trilogy Definitive Edition also coming to Nintendo Switch
With a release date set for November 11th, GTA: The Trilogy Definitive Edition is now ready to hit the Nintendo Switch as well. Rockstar confirmed this via six new screenshots from this ported edition of the upcoming title which promises to be one of the most popular releases of the year.
Windows 11 KB5008295 is a non-security update that patches some issues
Shortly after confirming that one expired Microsoft digital certificate lead to various problems with Windows 11 apps such as the Snipping Tool, Touch Keyboard, Voice Typing, Emoji Panel, Getting started and Tips, as well as other areas, the company issued an out-of-band update to iron them out.
Elden Ring now up for pre-order
Scheduled to launch across multiple platforms on February 25, 2022, Elden Ring is now up for pre-order in five editions, including a numbered and limited edition of 6,000 units worldwide. Unsurprisingly, it looks like the Premium Collector's Edition sold out in a matter of minutes after showing up in the Bandai Namco Store.
Sharkoon unveils the SKILLER SGK50 S4, its first mechanical 60 percent keyboard
Priced at roughly US$80, the Sharkoon SKILLER SGK50 S4 comes with three switch choices, namely Kailh red, brown, and blue. All these switches have an average life cycle of at least 70 million keystrokes. The list of available layouts includes DE, US, IT, ES, JP (only the red switches), CN, RU, and a few others.
Minecraft Bedrock and Java Edition, finally included in Game Pass for PC
Available for Game Pass on Xbox for a while, Minecraft is now also included in Game Pass for PC. Subscribers can play both editions, namely Bedrock and Java Edition, on machines loaded with Windows 10 and 11. Thankfully, PC players are also able to cross-play with those on other platforms as well.
MINISFORUM unveils the AMD 4700S-powered CR50 mini PC
MINISFORUM is now accepting pre-orders for the CR50 mini PC, a piece of hardware that brings together the octa-core AMD 4700S processor and the AMD Radeon RX550 graphics accelerator. The discounted prices start at US$679 (16 GB RAM, no storage) and go up to US$759 (16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD).
Microsoft Edge finally hits Linux properly
Almost a year after the release of the first public preview of Microsoft Edge for Linux, the Redmond giant has finally released the first stable version of this piece of code. This flavor comes in .deb and .rpm packages and is supposed to fully support Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, and openSUSE.
Firefox 94 now available with Colorways, site isolation, and more
Today, Mozilla unleashed Firefox 94.0 for desktop users across all relevant platforms, but also for Android devices. The list of new features and noticeable enhancements includes Colorways, site isolation enabled by default, as well as multiple performance and security improvements across all platforms.
Save US$449.29 on the COOLPO Video Conference Camera until November 7 (US only)
The COOLPO AI-driven intelligent conference solution sports visual and audio detection thanks to the included 4K 360° camera and a ranged microphone array, as well as a surround speaker. With a regular price of US$999.99, this interesting product can be acquired this week for just US$550.7.
War Thunder turns 9
With only one year left until the anniversary of its first decade, War Thunder celebrates by offering 50 percent discounts on premium accounts, in-game vehicles, as well as on modifications, backup vehicles, and talismans. Obviously, all these only stand as a part of the entire collection of anniversary offerings available.
Microsoft acquires content moderation solution provider Two Hat
Founded less than a decade ago, Two Hat has been working with Microsoft's Xbox team for several years, and the time has already come for the next big step. By joining Microsoft, Two Hat will enable the Redmond giant to provide healthy, safe, and inclusive online spaces to its various online communities.
After almost a month, MIUI 12.5.6 Enhanced Edition has finally arrived on my Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro
Although it took a while, I can say that it was worth waiting for MIUI 12.5.6 Enhanced Edition, the Global Stable firmware update for the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro (also available for the non-Pro variant, of course) that often makes my phone feel like never before. Sadly, there are still some bugs here and there.
War Thunder 2.11 "Ground Breaking" now available with a new nation, terramorphing mechanics, and much more
Dubbed "Ground Breaking" and released earlier today, War Thunder 2.11 brings a new tech tree into the game, although Israel only got two premium aircraft for now and no regular military hardware. However, the highlight of this update is terramorphing, alongside new maps, missions, visual effects, and quite a few new vehicles.
EPOS launches two H6PRO acoustic gaming headsets
Available in open and closed variants, the EPOS H6PRO acoustic gaming headset targets PC, Mac, PlayStation 4 and 5, Nintendo Switch, as well as Xbox users. Both variants have similar specs, such as 42 mm drivers, 20 to 20,000 Hz frequency response, and 28 Ohm impedance, but slightly different sensitivity and THD values.
EPOS GTW 270 Hybrid hands-on: More than just an excellent solution for gaming on the go
Although EPOS advertises the GTW 270 Hybrid as a solution for low-latency mobile gaming, there's more to it than just that. Also compatible with the Nintendo Switch and the PlayStation 4 and 5, the EPOS GTW 270 Hybrid shines on PCs as well, but is it good enough to justify the US$199 price tag?
Corsair announces the MP600 PRO XT PCIe Gen 4 SSD with capacities up to 4 TB
Unveiled last week, Corsair's MP600 PRO XT is available in 1, 2, and 4 TB variants with sequential read speeds of up to 7,100 MB/s and capable of sequential writes of more than 6,800 MB/s. This new PCIe Gen 4 SSD with extreme performance features an aluminum heat spreader and comes with a five-year warranty.
Vivaldi 4.2 now available with Neeva search support, scrollable web panel buttons, Vivaldi Translate improvements, and more
Available for both desktop and mobile users, Vivaldi 4.2 includes a few interesting new features and improvements, such as the ability to translate text on a web page privately, URL sharing via QR codes, scrollable web panel buttons, Neeva as a new search option, all alongside the usual set of unseen tweaks and fixes.
Marshall unleashes the Minor III TWS earbuds
The sub-US$130 Minor III TWS earbuds are now available for purchase and feature Bluetooth 5.2 support, Marshall's signature sound delivered by 12 mm custom-tuned drivers, intuitive touch controls, as well as 5 hours of autonomy (25 hours including the four charges provided by the case).
New iPad Mini 6 rumor: October launch, 8.38-inch display
The most recent leak with information regarding the screen size of the upcoming iPad Mini 6 mentions an 8.38-inch display. This dimension was spotted in an Amazon Japan listing for an iPad Mini 6 screen protector. Sadly, the page has been removed from the website and is no longer available.
Intel Core i9-12900K Alder Lake surfaces with over 5 GHz boost clock speeds
According processor specifications that were leaked by Twitter user APISAK, an unnamed third party has managed to push the upcoming Intel Core i9-12900K above the 5 GHz barrier. Although the speeds did not get above 5.1 GHz, hitting 5.08 GHz is still an impressive achievement for a 16-core processor.
War Thunder 2.9 ''Direct Hit'' arrives with two new maps, NVIDIA DLSS 2.2, new military hardware, and more
Labeled 2.9 “Direct Hit” and released earlier today, the latest update to War Thunder sports a rich collection of new aircraft, ships, armored vehicles, and more. Its highlights include the MiG-27M (also the first aircraft in the game to carry guided bombs), two new battlegrounds, as well as visual updates for some older models (the B-17 bombers, for example).
Windows 11 coming to Dell devices starting October 5th
Dell is ready for Windows 11's arrival and has already announced its upgrade plans. The list of devices to get the free upgrade from Windows 10 includes the Dell XPS 13, Alienware x15/x17, and more. Starting October 5th, new devices will come loaded with Windows 11, but business users will get Windows 10 Pro with pre-installed licenses.
Sharkoon goes big with the ELITE SHARK CA700 open-frame case
The ELITE SHARK CA700 has just arrived as Sharkoon's latest and most ambitious PC case to date. This open-frame PC case can accommodate up to eight RGB fans and a water-cooling system with two 360 mm radiators and includes five 120 mm RGB LED PWM fans, all for a manufacturer's suggested price of 399 Euros (roughly US$469).
MIUI Global 12.5.5 Stable update hits the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro
Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro users still have to wait for at least a few weeks before the Enhanced Edition firmware, but the arrival of the MIUI Global 12.5.5 Stable update is still good news. In addition to the August 2021 security patch, this piece of code also comes with an all-new Notes app and multiple optimizations.
iPhone 13 could arrive on September 17, AirPods 3 might follow two weeks later
Although Apple remains unsurprisingly silent, a Chinese e-commerce app has apparently spilled the beans on the release date of the next-gen iPhone and third-gen AirPods. According to this source, the handset will drop on September 17 and the headphones will follow on September 30.
King's Bounty II launches on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC
After missing its March release date, tactical RPG King's Bounty II is now available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, as well as PCs (via Steam). The game is available in three editions (regular, Duke's, and Lord's) that feature additional weapons, skins, units, and media content.
Nokia 3.4 finally gets the Android 11 update
Roughly one year after its introduction alongside the Nokia 2.4 and Nokia 8.3 5G, the Nokia 3.4 has just become the last of the trio to receive the Android 11 update. The rollout has begun in a few markets, including Australia, Belgium, and Denmark. The remaining markets, such as France, Germany, Switzerland, and Vietnam, will follow in the coming weeks.
Windows XP celebrates its 20th anniversary. Do you miss it?
In just three days, Windows XP will turn 20. Released to manufacturing on August 24, 2001, Microsoft's (now ancient) operating system is still being used by millions of people today (although the market share is below 1 percent), just a few months away from the release of Windows 11.
XFX and EKWB are cooking a custom Radeon RX 6900 XT
The recently previewed Radeon RX 6900 XT video card made by XFX in collaboration with masters of water cooling solutions EKWB will be added to the existing lineup of Speedster video cards by the Ontario-based company. There is no word regarding its availability and pricing, but it is safe to assume that the upcoming card will be rare and expensive.
Rockspace AC2100 hands-on: Slightly outdated, but still an excellent router for the average user
Rockspace might not be a big name yet, but the AC2100 wireless router feels like a mature product and it delivers a lot for its price. At less than US$80, this piece of hardware sports beamforming MU-MIMO technology, four antennas, wireless speeds of up to 1733 Mbps, as well as excellent management software.
Next-gen MacBook Pro models could drop the Touch Bar for a Pencil Dock
A patent that surfaced recently shows a MacBook with a new input device, namely the Apple Pencil. The images that accompany this patent show the pencil docked within the keyboard, and the Touch Bar as we know it will be gone. A much smaller one will be used, most likely in the next MacBook Pro.
EPOS H3 hands-on: An excellent gaming headset with just a few issues
Without any digital audio gimmicks involved, the EPOS H3 is a straightforward yet versatile acoustic gaming headset that looks and feels great. Compatible with any device that features a 3.5 mm audio jack, this headset is one of the most interesting sub-US$120 offerings around. Today, we are taking a closer look at its strengths and weaknesses.
ROCCAT Vulcan TKL Pro hands-on: Simply the best keyboard that I have used so far
Although it is ROCCAT's first keyboard to use optical switches, the Vulcan TKL Pro feels like a product that has been around for ages. Both the hardware and software are excellent, although not perfect yet. The only thing that some people will enjoy at first sight is probably the price.
Xiaomi steals Samsung's crown in Europe
While Samsung recorded a 7 percent drop over last year's second quarter, Xiaomi managed to achieve a solid climb of over 67 percent in the European market. This allowed the Chinese OEM to come first with 12.7 million units shipped in Q2 2021, while Samsung only shipped 12 million handsets in the region.
Google will drop devices still on Android 2.3.7 and earlier in September
As part of the company's efforts to keep Android users safe, Google has decided to no longer allow sign-in on services like Gmail, Maps, or YouTube for devices still stuck with versions up to 2.3.7 of its mobile operating system. Fortunately, devices on Android 3.0 and later will remain on the safe side.
MIUI Global 12.5.3 Stable update hits the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro
Shortly after the release of MIUI 12.5.1, Xiaomi is now rolling out the version 12.5.3 software update to Mi 10T Pro handsets. In addition to the security patch dated June 2021, this new firmware refresh also promises to provide "increased system security" but, unfortunately, the official changelog stops here.
Oppo unleashed the Snapdragon 4100-driven Watch 2 smartwatch, but only for China
Although it does not take big steps forward in terms of design, the Oppo Watch 2 comes with solid improvements over its predecessor on the inside. With 1 GB of memory and 8 GB of internal storage, the new smartwatch sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 4100 processor and is the first product to ship loaded with ColorOS Watch 2.0.
Vivaldi 4.1 now available with accordion style stacks, user definable command chains, and more
Only available for desktop users for now, Vivaldi 4.1 brings a new way of managing open web pages, namely accordion tabs, as well as command chains. Now, opening a few websites and tiling can be done in a single operation, but more than 200 browser commands are available to use in multiple actions.
Apple is apparently gearing up to unleash 100 million iPhone 13 handsets
Apple has big plans for the iPhone 13 lineup, as the Cupertino-based tech giant has allegedly ordered more than 100 million A15 Bionic processors for the upcoming handsets. Compared to last year's 75 million iPhones, this figure translates to a solid production bump of over 33 percent.
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.