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Mar 23
The Powerbeats are Beats' take on the wireless earphone. (Source: Amazon)

Next-generation Powerbeats could come in true-wireless form and with Apple AirPod 2 internals

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...
Schenker XMG Neo 17

87% Schenker XMG Neo 17 (Core i7-8750H, GeForce RTX 2070) Tongfang GK7CP7S Laptop Review

Recommended. If you are looking for a simple and relatively compact gaming notebook, then the Schenker XMG Neo 17 may be the laptop for you. The 17.3-inch laptop scores highly for its powerful hardware, its 144 Hz panel and its optomechanical keyboard. However, can the Neo 17 compete with other large gaming laptops on more than just specifications?
Intel Core i7-8750H | NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop) | 17.3" | 2.5 kg
Intel has confirmed it has abandoned the Compute Card platform. (Source: Intel)

Intel kills off the Compute Card initiative

Intel has confirmed that it is killing off further development of its Compute Card platform. Similar in size to a credit card, Compute Card was teased at CES 2017 and first unveiled at Computex 2017 and promised modular upgrades f...
Asus's ROG Crosshair VII Hero motherboard is based on the AMD X470 platform. (Source: Asus)

List of Asus X570 motherboards for AMD Ryzen 3000 series leaked

The new AMD X570 chipset is expected to be launched soon and a list of motherboards produced by Asus for this particular generation has been leaked. The products being prepared cover a number of well-known Asus lines, including RO...
"Great device. Would be a shame if we siphoned your data from it without your permission." (Source: MySmartPrice)

Nokia's official response on the case of user data violations

HMD Global has come up with an official response on the issue of its devices sending sensitive user data to Chinese servers. While the company's reasoning appears sound, it's still a tad appalling that something of this sort is as...
The Mi A2 was mostly a rebranded Mi 6X. (Source: MIUI)

Xiaomi is working on two Android One phones that will feature in-display fingerprint readers

References to three new Xiaomi devices have been discovered, with two of them being bonafide Android One phones. We could be looking at the Mi A3, A3 Lite, and Mi 7X, perhaps? Interestingly, all three phones will have in-display f...
Huawei CFO was in possession of an iPhone, iPad and MacBook when arrested in Canada recently. (Source: The Strait Times)

Arrested Huawei CFO was in possession of an iPhone, iPad and MacBook

Arrested Huawei CFO and daughter of founder Ren Zhengfei, Meng Wanzhou, has had further embarrassment heaped on her. As if getting arrested in Canada at the request of the US government on espionage charges isn’t enough, it has no...
It's possible to save nearly US$500 on the Dell XPS 15 with a Core i9-8950HK. (Source: Dell)

Deal | Save nearly US$300 on a Dell XPS 15 with i7-8750H and GTX 1050 Ti; almost US$500 off for i9 touch variant

Dell is having its semi-annual electronics sale at the moment, and there are massive savings on offer throughout the company’s extensive range of products. One of the most attractive deals is for a Dell XPS 15 laptop sporting an 8...
The HiSilicon Kirin 985 is expected to appear in the third quarter of 2019. (Source: Gizmochina)

Huawei Mate 30 tipped to be first smartphone to feature the 7nm+ EUV HiSilicon Kirin 985 SoC

A report out of Taiwan has stated that Huawei is planning on releasing the HiSilicon Kirin 985 SoC before the end of the year, and it could even find its way inside the expected Huawei Mate 30 smartphone. The chipset will apparent...
Players will be fighting each other in the snow on the Halvøy map. (Source: EA/Dice)

Firestorm launches March 25; Nvidia recommends competing with an RTX 2070

Battlefield V’s battle royale mode, Firestorm, will be launched on March 25. It will come as an update to owners of the Battlefield V game and will give players the chance to utilize a range of vehicles in their quest for victory....
Mar 22
The GTX 1650 will be replacing the entry-level GTX 1050 cards. (Source: PC Builder's Club)

Leaked Nvidia GTX 1650 benchmarks show performance similar to GTX 1050 Ti

Set to become the entry-level model of the Turing generation, the upcoming GTX 1650 appears to be almost as fast as the GTX 1050 Ti from the previous gen in the latest Final Fantasy XV benchmarks. This model is scheduled to launch...
A new image of a live device has been linked to the Meizu 16s. (Source: PlayfulDroid)

The Meizu 16s may indeed have ultra-slim bezels: new leak

The 16s is Meizu's rumored 2019 flagship that is projected to dodge the notch trend with ultra-slim top and bottom bezels in its front panels. Some leaks attributed to the purported device have supported this theory. The latest on...
Samsung Galaxy Fold fails to impress, slower than Galaxy S10e and the Royale FlexPai foldable

The Samsung Galaxy Fold is slower than both the Galaxy S10e and Royale 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'...
The sequel will take place in modern-day Seattle. (Source: Paradox)

Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 to be released in Q1 2020

15 years after the release of the original Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines, Paradox is finally announcing a sequel to the "cult" RPG game. Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 is set in modern-day Seattle, and the gameplay ...
The new Huntkey 90W charging brick looks deceptively much like any other. (Source: Huntkey)

A power brick maker will release a 90W wall charger later this year

Huntkey, a company based in Shenzhen, has announced that it is currently producing a 90-watt wall-wart intended for mobile devices. This next-gen power-brick also has a USB type-C output, rather than type-A as normal. It supports ...
The Apple AirPower's release may be on the cards (again). (Source: Apple)

The Apple AirPower charging mat may launch soon: new leak

DigiTimes has cited sources at a components supplier in a new report that alleges the AirPower accessory is finally going to be released soon. This article also asserts that the long-awaited wireless charging pad will work with at...
Mortal Kombat 11 Closed Beta begins on March 28 (Source: Mortal Kombat on YouTube)

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, in...
Razer did well for itself last year. (Source: The Drum)

Razer made nearly US$80 million in gross profit last year: new report

Razer has released its financial report for 2018. It shows that the gaming company's revenues are now stands at US$274.2 million. The firm made $79.5 million in terms of gross profit last year, and also cut its losses by 4.3% comp...
Not what you'd expect from Nokia. (Source: Yle)

Some Nokia devices have been clandestinely sending user data to China

Some users of the Nokia 7 Plus have reported that their phones are sending data to Chinese servers without permission, a direct violation of GDPR laws. This data includes IMEI's, serial numbers, and location, all of which are cons...
The transparent Mi 9 alongside an 'opaque' sibling. (Source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi releases cheaper 8GB version of the Mi 9 Transparent Edition

The transparent variant of the Xiaomi Mi 9 seems to be doing very well this year. Chinese blogs have reported that the OEM cannot keep it on shelves, despite its relatively high price tag. Perhaps this is why a new, cheaper varian...
Pie for the OnePlus 3 series is closer than ever. (Source: OnePlus)

OnePlus offers Closed Beta Android Pie program places to 3 and 3T users - for one day only

OnePlus has reached an important stage in the development of Oxygen OS 9, which is based on Android Pie (9.0), for its former 3/3T flagships. It now has a closed beta of this build, which can be downloaded following a successful a...
It may have taken almost 18 months, but Cuphead is finally coming to the Nintendo Switch (Image source: StudioMDHR)

Cuphead is coming to the Nintendo Switch, and it is bringing Xbox Live with it.

Switch owners rejoice. Cuphead, the popular side-scrolling run and gun game, is coming to the console next month. You can pre-order the game now on the Nintendo eShop before its worldwide release on April 18. StudioMDHR is also br...
PUBG Mobile is now one year old, celebrating with Season 6 and update 0.11.5

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 Mir...
The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1900X utilizes Socket sTR4 for CPU placement. (Source: AMD)

Deal | Pick up an AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1900X processor for US$299.99

The 1st-Gen AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1900X CPU is currently priced at US$299.99 on Newegg. This Zen-based high-end desktop processor (HEDT) was originally released in August 2017 and cost US$549 at the time of launch. The chip has e...
Lenovo ThinkPad E590 (i7-8565U, UHD 620, FHD) Laptop Review

87% Lenovo ThinkPad E590 (i7-8565U, UHD 620, FHD) Laptop Review

Same procedure as last year. Something that worked in 2018 does not have to be wrong in 2019 – this is something that Lenovo might have thought when planning the announcement of the ThinkPad E590. The new Lenovo ThinkPad is pretty much the same machine as the older E580 with a new CPU. Is the ThinkPad E590 still a sensible choice for an office laptop?
Intel Core i7-8565U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 15.6" | 1.9 kg
AMD's EPYC 2 server chips are expected to be released in the second half of 2019. (Source: ServeTheHome)

Google could be planning on adopting AMD's Zen 2-based EPYC 2 "Rome" server chips

A market analyst for financial services company Cowen has predicted that Google will utilize AMD’s upcoming EPYC 2 server CPUs, codenamed “Rome”, for its own services. This would be a huge deal for AMD, which has already been sele...
Apex Legends character Octane was leaked thanks to a datamine. (Source: Cultured Vultures/Respawn)

Apex Legends dev warns against datamining rumors then data miners find PvE and map information

A Respawn Entertainment community manager has taken to Reddit to warn fans of Apex Legends about the perils of believing datamined rumors. Jay Frechette’s comments were pragmatic and logical: “real info will come from us”. However...
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 may only see a slight increase in price over the Note 9. (Source: Phone Arena)

Rumored camera and hardware specifications for upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 10 leaked; possible August launch

Some more rumored details of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 have appeared online. It seems the flagship phablet will sport a similar camera setup to the Galaxy S10 5G, with four cameras on the rear and two on the front. The device, wh...
The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung hopes to win back the Chinese market with the Galaxy S10 phones

Samsung released the S10 phones a few weeks ago and is hoping to use the devices as a tool in a bid to claw back its lost market share in China. It appears to be working, too, with sales said to be already twice that of the Galaxy...
Alienware Area-51m (i9-9900K, RTX 2080) Laptop Review

88% Alienware Area-51m (i9-9900K, RTX 2080) Laptop Review

Dell's Clevo Killer. The latest 17.3-inch Alienware is going all-in with hardware and features not found on almost any other gaming laptop. Not only does the Area-51m leapfrog over the 45 W Core H-series for full-fat 95 W Core K-series CPUs, but it also sports removable graphics and Tobii eye-tracking all in a narrow-bezel chassis. Is this $3000+ portable powerhouse really comparable to a desktop PC of similar specifications?
Intel Core i9-9900K | NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop) | 17.3" | 3.9 kg
Motherboard OEMs have started offering support for AMD Ryzen 3000 well ahead of launch. (Source: AMD)

AMD Ryzen 3000 support being rolled out to compatible motherboards

The AMD 'Matisse' Ryzen 3000 CPUs are still a couple of months away from launch but motherboards OEMs have started prepping for it by offering new AGESA updates that support the new processors. MSI, Asus, and BioStar have started ...
Samsung's interactive Galaxy S10+ billboard charges your Qi-enabled phone. (Source: Notebookcheck)

Charge your phone on this Samsung Galaxy S10 billboard

Samsung has come up with some clever ads over the years as it battles Apple for smartphone supremacy. Spotted in Sydney, Australia by Notebookcheck, this latest billboard is one of the first interactive campaigns we’ve seen with w...
The new Oculus Rift S is an iterative improvement over the original. (Source: Oculus)

Oculus and HP reveal new VR headsets

Oculus and HP have unveiled their latest VR headsets during GDC week in San Francisco. The new headsets are a step up their previous efforts and feature improved optics, comfort and overall performance.
This is the cheapest we've seen a brand new RTX laptop since launch

Deal | Dell G5 5590 with RTX 2060 graphics is only $1180 right now

This is the cheapest we've seen a brand new GeForce RTX laptop go for. It may be a budget-class Dell gaming laptop, but it should easily perform as well as any GTX 1070 Max-Q system.
Mar 21
One of the "official" Huawei P30 and P30 Pro images. (Source: SlashLeaks)

Alleged Huawei P30 and P30 Pro marketing material shows up online ahead of launch

The nest Huawei flagships are due to launch on March 26, 2019. However, a leaker claims to have gotten hold of genuine promotional images for the two phones ahead of this event. These posters are for the French market, and show wh...
In plain sight: Hundreds of millions of Facebook user passwords were stored in plain text

In plain sight: Hundreds of millions of Facebook user passwords were stored in plain text

Due to a security oversight made by some Facebook employees, certain Facebook apps have been inadvertently logging user passwords as plain text on internal company servers. While still secured against outside intrusion, between 20...
Can this new 'free phone' concept work? (Source: Volk Fi)

A phone with free calls, texts and data? This is what the Volk One offers, apparently

Could a phone establish data connections and load webpages independent of either WiFi or a SIM card? Volk Fi apparently thinks so. This company is currently advertising its first smartphone, the Volk One, which can apparently form...
The Redmi 7 is now available in Ukraine. (Source: Redmi)

The Redmi 7 makes it to its first Western market: Ukraine

Xiaomi has a thriving presence in Ukraine, with numerous physical stores and online sales through partner websites. This now extends to the new Redmi 7, the second device line to be sold under the OEM's latest sub-brand. Its avail...
The MSI GL63 8SD powered by the NVIDIA GTX 1660 Ti appears online. (Source: Hanoicomputer.vn)

A GTX 1660 Ti-powered MSI GL63 8SD gaming laptop gets listed on Vietnamese retail sites

Following the recent leak of a Dell G5 15 laptop featuring the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, a few Vietnamese PC retail sites have started listing the MSI GL63 8SD gaming laptop powered by the new Turing GPU indicating that an offic...
The new iGPU from Intel improves vastly on UHD 620 graphics.

Ashes of the Singularity scores for Intel Gen 11 GPU are allegedly leaked on Twitter

The Gen 11 GPU is Intel's upcoming integrated graphics solution for next-gen CPUs, as announced at GDC this year. It is associated with a possible 1 teraflop of single-precision performance. According to the leaker Tum Apisak, its...
Google will give EU Android users a choice of search and browser apps in the future. (Source: Campaign)

Google will ask European Android users which browser and search engine they want in the future

Reports have just emerged that the European Commission has disciplined Google for anti-trust-related business practices. Coincidentally, the company has issued a new blog post outlining its new measures to ensure that there is "ch...
The sideways positioning of the touchscreen allows content creators to optimize their workflow. (Source: IF World Design Guide)

Compal shows innovative convertible laptop design

The new hinge system for convertible laptops was presented by Compal at this year's IF World Design Guide competition and it could soon be implemented in HP and Dell models. Thanks to a special locking mechanism, the touchscreen c...
The ProDesk 405 G4 mini PCs support CPUs up to AMD's Ryzen 5 Pro 2400GE quad-cores with Vega 11 iGPU. (Source: HP)

HP announces ProDesk 405 G4 mini PCs with Ryzen Pro CPUs

As the 14 nm CPU shortage Intel is still in full effect, OEMs are now switching to AMD's solutions for select line of products. HP's newly announced ProDesk 405 G4 mini PCs are a good example in this regard, since they pack AMD's ...
Energizer P18K Pop 18,000 mAh battery smartphone hits Indiegogo

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 spe...
Microsoft Defender antivirus is coming to the Mac for the first time. (Source: Microsoft)

Microsoft Defender to launch on the Mac

Microsoft has become much more open under current CEO Satya Nadella with apps made for macOS, iOS, Android and Linux. The latest step in this initiative is the porting of a version of Microsoft Defender antivirus software for macO...
A CG version of actor Alicia Vikander developed for the film Troll using ray tracing tools in Unreal Engine 4.22. (Source: Nvidia)

New Epic Unreal Engine demos highlight the power its ray tracing tools for creating photorealistic graphics

Epic Games has used GDC to showcase its capabilities of its Unreal Engine 4.22 with ray tracing enabled. The demos, powered by a single Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080Ti, demonstrate jaw-dropping realism that could easily be confused for ...
The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G will be offered in markets with 5G networks. (Source: Digital Trends)

Launch date for the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G confirmed

The launch date for the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G flagship smartphone has been announced as April 5. Unsurprisingly, the device will go on sale on this date in the manufacturer’s home country of South Korea. The price for the 5G model...
Sea of Thieves Anniversary Update coming April 30 (Source: Sea of Thieves on YouTube)

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 Apri...

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