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Mar 26
The UDOO BOLT single-board computer can operate on Windows or Linux. (Source: Kickstarter/UDOO)

UDOO BOLT single-board computer with embedded Ryzen SoC claims to be twice as fast as a MacBook Pro 13

UDOO recently ran a campaign on Kickstarter for the UDOO BOLT single-board computer, and the developers of the device managed to secure US$635,769 in crowd-sourced funding. It’s likely many investors were attracted by the claim th...
Shadow of the Tomb Raider just received an RTX-related update. (Source: Nvidia)

Nvidia GeForce Game Ready driver 419.67 WHQL delivers Battlefield V: Firestorm optimizations

Nvidia has announced the availability of the GeForce Game Ready 419.67 WHQL drivers that bring optimizations to several games, including Battlefield V’s new battle royale mode, Firestorm. Gamers can download the latest drivers thr...
The new Beats PowerBeats Pro earphones have been spotted in iOS 12.2. (Source: 9to5 Mac)

Apple’s black AirPods leak out, but they are from Beats and don’t look ridiculous

Apple subsidiary Beats will be launching its first pair of truly wireless earphones imminently. The discovery of the name PowerBeats Pro and black and white versions was uncovered by 9to5 Mac in the code for iOS 12.2 which went li...
Mar 25
Apple unveils Arcade. (Source: Apple)

Apple Arcade: the world's first gaming subscription service for mobile, desktop and the living room

Apple's latest release event debuted Arcade, a new elaboration on the App Store's gaming experience. The company claims that over 100 new and original games have been developed for this new subscription-based service. It is also a...
Operation Shadowhammer

Operation ShadowHammer: Tens of thousands of computers had a security backdoor installed via Asus' Live Update Utility

Kaspersky Labs earlier today wrote about an attack they discovered in January that compromised Asus' Live Update Utility. The attack affected 57,000 Kaspersky customers and may have hit as many as 500,000 computers around the worl...
Gigabyte Aero 15-X9 vs. Aero 15-Y9: you may want to reconsider the RTX 2080 Max-Q SKU

Gigabyte Aero 15-X9 vs. Aero 15-Y9: you may want to reconsider the RTX 2080 Max-Q SKU

The Aero 15-Y9 is over $1000 more expensive than the Aero 15-X9 and yet both configurations perform about the same in all of our tests. Is there really a reason to get the pricier version? Based on our numbers, the less expensive ...
Titanium Apple Card for shopping at locations without Apple Pay support

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 p...
The aftermath of the incident. (Source: Nokiamob)

Woes compounded: A Nokia 3.1 has exploded in a user's hands

HMD Global may have come out of the storm of the Nokia 7 Plus's case with data violations relatively unscathed but the company will not be able to breathe a sigh of relief, as yet another Nokia device has been caught up in an unfo...
Apple unveiled its own streaming competitor at its latest event. (Source: Apple)

The new Apple TV services are here

The Cupertino giant has unveiled the next generation of its TV arm. However, it is not a device; rather, it is a software- and content-based upgrade. The new Apple TV app allows users to cherry-pick channels or streaming providers...
Endel joins Lil Pump, Michael Buble and Red Hot Chili Peppers among others on Warner Music (Image source: Endel)

Endel: The mood music app becomes the first algorithm to be signed by a major record label

Warner Music Group has signed Endel, the stress-reducing sound app, in what is the first algorithm to sign with a major label. Endel promises to release a total of 20 albums by the end of the year and has launched an Amazon Alexa ...
Apple News+ unveiled by Tim Cook

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. Aus...
The connected living room is a billion-dollar marketplace these days. (Source: Amazon)

The "connected living room" is a concept that may make a US$900+ billion market in 5 years

Transparency Market Research's latest report is based on the observation that the demand for a 'smart' or 'connected' living room is growing steadily these days. It may consist of entertainment or media hardware that works seamles...
Xiaomi Super Charge Turbo technology teaser (Source: Lin Bin on Weibo)

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'...
Smartphone sales have been in steady decline in the US. (Source: YouTube)

The US market has seen 14 consecutive months of falling smartphone sales

The months of December 2017 through to January 2019 have been associated with declining smartphone sale numbers in the United States on a year-on-year basis. Counterpoint, a market analysis firm, cited the lack of deals on flagshi...
Motorola One Android smartphone with Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor (Source: Android Authority)

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 ...
The Gen11 graphics may surface along with next-gen Intel CPUs soon. (Source: Liliputing)

Intel Gen11 GPU variants detailed in new Graphics Command Center analysis

The blog TechPowerUp claims to have accessed the new Intel Graphics Command Center's INF file. It apparently lists the various sub-types of the new, particularly powerful Gen11 integrated GPUs. They may also pertain to Ice Lake an...
Vivo will sponsor the PUBG Mobile Club Open 2019. (Source: Tencent)

Vivo will sponsor the 2019 PUBG Mobile Club Open

Vivo has announced that it will partner with Tencent Games in order to sponsor the annual PUBG Mobile Club Open 2019. This involves competitive battles of the game in question in 10 regions worldwide for an ultimate prize of US$2....
The Galaxy Fold and the contents of its original packaging. (Source: Android Central)

The Samsung Galaxy Fold does not have an Exynos variant

Samsung's first flexible device, the Galaxy Fold, is now officially displayed on its website as a saleable product. These pages describe the Fold's SoC as a "7nm 64-bit Octa-Core Processor", leading to worries that it may not nece...
Firefox for iPad with split-screen support (Source: Firefox on YouTube)

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 (...
Undervolting your Dell notebook might void the warranty.

Undervolting your Dell laptop can void the warranty

Dell Support has informed a customer that any non-factory settings to the processor, such as undervolting, are not covered under warranty. This seems a bit contrary on their own policy, which clearly mentions that the warranty bec...
Samsung Galaxy A20 could get soon a sibling, Galaxy A20e spotted at Wi-Fi Alliance and Bluetooth SIG

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 cert...
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Archos Play Tab 21.5-inch Samsung Galaxy View alternative for less than US$300 (Source: Archos)

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" perio...
Max-Q GPUs use less power and create less heat. (Source: Nvidia)

Nvidia might release a Max-Q version of the mobile GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GPU

Alleged laptop data has been leaked that mentions an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti with Max-Q design. Although a mobile version of the Turing-based graphics card has been expected for some time now, a Max-Q variant is a new developme...
The Google Stadia Wi-Fi controller is an essential accessory if you play over a Chromecast. (Source: Google)

Google has revealed Stadia’s internet speed requirements

Google’s Stadia cloud-powered streaming gaming service looks to be a technological marvel. However, in order to deliver its full potential gamers will need a robust internet connection.
The current Switch could become part of a three model line up. (Source: Nintendo)

WSJ: Two new Nintendo Switch models coming this year

Nintendo has two new Switch gaming consoles in the works for launch this year. According to the Wall Street Journal, one will be a cheaper entry-level model and the other targeted at more serious gamers.
Motorola One Vision press render, 48 MP main camera and Android Pie, April 2019 launch

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...
Asus could be preparing a juicy Ryzen/Nvidia combo for upcoming laptops. (Source: Asus)

Leak suggests Asus has laptops coming with Zen+ Ryzen Picasso APUs combined with Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti and RTX 2060 Turing GPUs

Leaked information about some potential upcoming laptops from Asus suggests that the Taiwanese manufacturer is preparing to reveal devices that feature both Picasso and Turing technology. Three different models are mentioned that ...
iPhone in a blender - battery not included. (Source: YouTube/University of Plymouth)

Geologists blend "high-grade" iPhone to discover it contains 36 mg of gold and 900 mg of critical element tungsten

Geologists at the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Plymouth in England have blended an iPhone so they could scrutinize the elements it’s made from more closely. Using their specialist know...
The second-generation Ryzen chips were released in 2018. (Source: Digit)

Deal | AMD seemingly slashes prices for Zen+ performance Ryzen 7 CPUs ahead of Zen 2 launch

Prices for second-generation AMD Ryzen CPUs have dropped, with US$50 being shaved off a performance-level Ryzen 7 2700 CPU on Newegg. A number of CPUs based on the Zen+ microarchitecture have been discounted, leading to speculatio...
It's long been rumored that EA Access was coming to a new platform. (Source: Game Spew)

Brazilian PlayStation Store may have just leaked upcoming EA Access service

A screenshot posted on Reddit has been stirring up some excitement among PlayStation 4 owners. The image shows a page from the Brazilian PlayStation Store, and there is a small window advert for EA Access. The EA Access service of...
Mar 24
iPhones may act as charging pads in 2019. Source: MacOtakara

2019 iPhones may come with 18W charging as standard and reverse wireless charging

Apple has developed a habit of disappointing its fans by including power bricks that charge at only 5W with its iPhones. However, a new leak has predicted that the company will put an end to this in 2019. It also projects that the...
The Intel Core i9-9900KF could offer slightly better overclocking potential than the 9900K. (Source: Tom's Hardware)

Intel Core i9-9900KF could offer a slightly higher overclocking potential than the 9900K

Famed overclocker 'Splave' tried out a small experiment to find out whether the newly announced Intel Core i9-9900KF offered any potential advantages over the 9900K when it came to overclocking. The results showed that the 9900KF ...
The Sony Xperia XZ3. (Source: DxOmark)

DxOMark | The Sony Xperia XZ3 is more proof of Sony's woeful camera performance

The Sony Xperia XZ3, a few days ago, made the trip over to photography benchmark website DxOMark, where it failed woefully, continuing the trend of Sony flagships being unable to catch up to the competition.
The Honor 8X. (Source: Honor)

The Honor 8X is now receiving the stable Android Pie-based EMUI 9 update

The Honor 8X was released last year on Android Oreo but is now receiving the stable Pie update. The update weighs in at a humongous 3.14 GB and is one that takes the device's software to Huawei's EMUI 9.0 skin.
AMD's MCM approach to Ryzen 3 confers a lot of flexibility in chip design. (Source: Baalis)

AMD Ryzen 3000's MCM design enables optimal utilization of the 7 nm process

AMD's use of a multi-chip module (MCM) approach offers quite a few advantages for AMD in terms utilizing TSMC's lines efficiently and also in driving down costs. We are now getting to know that Ryzen 3000 sports a new Infinity Fab...
Esports Arena is bringing its gaming services inside Walmart stores. (Source: Variety)

Walmart could be the next major corporation to join the race for game-streaming supremacy

It has been reported that Walmart has been meeting with a number of game developers and publishers to discuss a potential video-game streaming service. With Google just revealing its Stadia service and Nvidia’s GeForce Now platfor...
Xiaomi is prepping an update to its 12.5-inch Mi Notebook Air. (Source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air sequel teased for March 26

Xiaomi’s official Chinese Weibo account has issued a teaser indicating that it is prepping an update to its 12.5-inch Mi Notebook Air. The teaser shows a scale with the current weight of the device at 1.07 kg hinting at either a r...
Is this the new 10.5-inch iPad Air or the old 10.5-inch iPad Pro? Your guess is as good as ours. (Source: Apple)

Opinion: Apple is becoming synonymous with boring

Apple used to be the tech company that led consumer technology design unchallenged. After a week of rehashed designs masquerading as, in at least one instance, “all new” product launches, the company feels like it is asleep at the...
Bitwise's report was submitted to the US Securities and Exchange Commission. (Source: The Daily Reckoning)

Study declares 95% of reported bitcoin trading is fake

A comprehensive study carried out by Bitwise Asset Management has come to the conclusion that the majority of reported volume in bitcoin trading is faked. Some unethical bitcoin traders are deliberately manipulating the volume to ...
The Sony Xperia 1. (Source: Sony)

The Sony Xperia 1's display has a full-time 4K resolution

The Xperia 1 features a 4K OLED display and, unlike the XZ Premium and XZ2 Premium that only rendered in 4K while viewing content of that resolution, the Xperia 1 will be a full-time 4K display. Yes, even when in system apps like ...
Tim Cook might introduce a foldable iPhone in 2020. (Source: Antonio De Rosa)

Concept video for iPhone foldable shows rumored square triple camera setup and brilliant triangular packaging

A designer called Antonio De Rosa has come up with a concept video of what an iPhone foldable smartphone, which is called the iPhone X Fold in the clip, could actually look like. Unsurprisingly, there are plenty of familiar Samsun...
Users are complaining of PBO issues in the latest AGESA firmware on AMD 400-series motherboards. (Source: Amazon)

PSA | Latest AGESA firmware can brick Precision Boost Overdrive on AMD 400-series motherboards

Users of AMD X470 chipset-based motherboards who have updated to the latest AGESA 0.0.7.x offered by some OEMs over the past week are reporting that the update cripples the Precision Boost Overdrive (PBO) from working automaticall...
We review the Walmart Overpowered 17 with RTX 2070 and it's actually decent (Image source: Walmart)

We review the Walmart Overpowered 17 with RTX 2070 graphics and it's actually decent

The chassis has plenty of enthusiast features including per-key RGB lighting and a 1080p144 IPS display, but it comes at the cost of chassis rigidity in some spots and a poor trackpad. While not a bad alternative to more popular g...
Mar 23
Apple is reportedly losing traction in China. (Source: Apple)

Apple is losing its majority in the Chinese smartphone market

Apple's market share in China has reportedly fallen by 26.6% in 2018. Unsurprisingly, the culprits are more 'local' OEMs such as Huawei and Xiaomi, who offer more innovative features in premium handsets that go for less than those...
Huawei may release its 1st smart TV soon. (Source: TechnoBlitz)

The first-generation Huawei TV may launch next month

Last year, we reported on rumors that Huawei was working on its first smart TV. Now, a Chinese news outlet claims that its sources have told it these products are nearly ready for release. These products are apparently to be relea...
Tencent games may run better on Razer Phones/controllers in the future. (Source: Razer)

Razer and Tencent announce mobile-gaming collaboration

Tencent, which publishes games such as PUBG, has set up a collaboration with Razer in order to improve said apps' function on the gaming hardware giant's Android phones. This involves optimizing Tencent titles for the Razer Phones...
The Powerbeats are Beats' take on the wireless earphone. (Source: Amazon)

Next-generation Powerbeats could come in true-wireless form and with the new Apple AirPods' features

Beats by Dr. Dre has been an Apple subsidiary for some time now. The brand's next product may be a pair of truly-wireless earbuds. According to a CNET report, they may run on the new Apple H1 chip, which is also found in the newly...
Xbox One S All-Digital Edition box art. (Source: Windows Central)

Disc-less Xbox One S All-Digital Edition to have a global launch on May 7 2019

Microsoft's plans of introducing a disc-less version of the Xbox One S is well known and we're getting to know that the console is all set for a global launch on May 7. Expected to be known as the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition, t...
A small footnote on this Galaxy A-series leak refers to a notchless A90. (Source: Galaxy Club)

Samsung inadvertantly confirms the Galaxy A90 will feature a notchless Infinity display

Samsung’s Galaxy A90 mid-range flagship is set to be the company’s first all-screen smartphone with a notchless display as previously rumored. The confirmation came through a Samsung Indonesia website slip up showing what is eithe...

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