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Dec 16
Google has imaged the places where 98% of earth's population lives. (Image via Google Earth)

Google has imaged 98% of the inhabited Earth

Google announced on Friday that it has imaged over 10 million miles of roads and paths in Street View. Additionally, Google Earth has now imaged over 36 square miles of the earth's surface, which covers 98% of the inhabited world....
Sam Medley, Mon, 16 Dec 2019 01:22:00 +0100
Dec 15
Android users in the U.S. can now use RCS for sending text messages. (Image: stock image)

RCS messaging now available to all Android users in the U.S.

According to Google's product manager for the Messages app, RCS (rich communication system) is now available for all Android users in the United States. This means that US users can send text messages using the RCS standard, as lo...
Sam Medley, Sun, 15 Dec 2019 23:45:00 +0100
Is this what the PS5 could look like? Probably not, but it carries a design ehtos similar to Sony's. (Image via ResetEra)

New PlayStation 5 fan renders look decidedly more "PlayStationy"

A ResetEra forum user by the name of CrimsonNocturne recently showed off some fan-made renders of the upcoming PlayStation 5. While these models are obviously not indicative of what Sony's future console will look like, they are v...
Sam Medley, Sun, 15 Dec 2019 23:02:00 +0100
AT&T has launched its 5G service. (Source: AT&T)

AT&T rolls out 5G (for real) to its first 10 US cities

AT&T has announced that its 5G service is now live in 10 different American cities, Los Angeles and New York included. In fact, it claims to have 2 (authentic) flavors of this connectivity: 5G and 5G+, which are based on low-band ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 15 Dec 2019 20:26:00 +0100
The Realme 3 Pro's new security patch update. (Source: Realme)

The Realme 1, U1 and 3 Pro get December 2019 security patches

Realme has recently updated its older 1 and U1 models. The new OTA adds a new feature in which the screen flashes for calls. More importantly, it also confers the latest security patch level on the 2 phones. It is also part of the...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 15 Dec 2019 19:50:00 +0100
The updated Google Assistant is now available in some non-US regions. (Source: Google)

The latest Google Assistant version is rolling out to more English-speaking regions

Google unveiled an updated Assistant with new features at its I/O event this year. It has only been available to the US market since then; now, however, it is being applied to others such as Ireland and Canada. Then again, it rema...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 15 Dec 2019 19:39:00 +0100
The Pixel 3a XL. (Source: T3)

The Pixel 3a and 3a XL are currently at their cheapest ever - US$120 off!

The Pixel 3a phones are widely regarded as being some of the most recommendable devices in the market right now, especially in the US. The 3a and 3a XL have MSRPs of US$399 and US$479 respectively, but can now be had with a massiv...
Ricci Rox, Sun, 15 Dec 2019 19:03:00 +0100
The Galaxy Fold. (Source: Notebookcheck)

Looks like Samsung didn't sell a million Galaxy Fold units like reports claimed

Samsung Electronics' President Young Sohn, a few days ago, announced that the company had sold a million units of its US$2000 Galaxy Fold. Apparently, the Samsung executive was wrong. The company did not, in fact, sell a million u...
Ricci Rox, Sun, 15 Dec 2019 19:02:00 +0100
Intel Core i9-9900KS with 5 GHz All-Core-Boost Review

Intel Core i9-9900KS with 5 GHz All-Core-Boost Review

5 GHz at any cost! AMD puts a lot of pressure on Intel in the desktop segment. In order to avoid abandoning the market to the competitor completely, the Intel Core i9-9900K has now been updated as the 9900KS. Intel advertises a stable 5 GHz on all cores in Turbo under load. We evaluate in detail whether this is also true in practical operation, since AMD had some problems with its Ryzen 3000 series to achieve the specified clock speeds in some cases.
Intel Core i9-9900KS | NVIDIA Titan RTX | 32"
Sebastian Bade, Sun, 15 Dec 2019 18:12:00 +0100
The Galaxy Note 10/10+. (Source:

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and 10+ see a stable Android 10 update roll-out (sort of)

The Galaxy Note 10 and 10+ have started to exhibit updates to One UI 2.0 based on Android 10. This may be good news for owners of these premium phablets, particularly as this upgrade had reportedly been scheduled for 2020. On the ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 15 Dec 2019 16:28:00 +0100
The Reno3 and 3 Pro. (Source: Beebom)

The OPPO Reno3 will be powered by the 5G MediaTek 1000L SoC

The OPPO Reno3 series has been teased again in even more detail by its OEM ahead of these phones' late December 2019 launch. This time, the company has let the base model's processor name slip. It seems this device will be powered...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 15 Dec 2019 15:59:00 +0100
The Galaxy S11+ will be a camera powerhouse. (Source: OnLeaks)

The 108 MP sensor on the Galaxy S11+ will use 9-in-1 pixel-binning technology to devastating effect

The Samsung Galaxy S11+ will feature a 108 MP camera but it will not be the same one Xiaomi used on the Mi Note 10. Apparently, one major difference between the two is the fact that the sensor on the S11+ will use 9-in-1 pixel mer...
Ricci Rox, Sun, 15 Dec 2019 08:36:00 +0100
Lenovo Yoga C940-15IRH Convertible Review: The XPS 15 2-in-1 Dell Should Have Made

86% Lenovo Yoga C940-15IRH Convertible Review: The XPS 15 2-in-1 Dell Should Have Made

Spectre and XPS contender. After making several Yoga C900 subnotebooks for years, Lenovo is ready to expand the lineup to include larger 15.6-inch sizes. The Yoga C940-15 sacrifices little in terms of performance and chassis quality especially for a convertible.
Intel Core i7-9750H | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q | 15.6" | 2 kg
Allen Ngo, Sun, 15 Dec 2019 08:09:00 +0100
Google's Pixelbook Go high-end 4K Ultra HD variant with Intel Core i7 is now available for purchase. (Source: Google)

Google Pixelbook Go 4K variant now shipping

The 4K high-end variant of Google’s Pixelbook Go has finally gone up for sale on the Google Store. Your US$1,399 will also buy you an 8th gen Core i7-8500Y and 16 GB of RAM, but it is only available in Just Black for the time bein...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Sun, 15 Dec 2019 04:29:00 +0100
Dec 14
Opera GX for macOS is now available. (Source: Opera)

Opera GX now has a macOS version

Opera released a variant of its browser optimized for gaming earlier this year. Now, it has announced that the same app, known as GX, is compatible with macOS as well as Windows. Therefore, those using such systems can now use fea...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 14 Dec 2019 21:53:00 +0100
The Reno3 Pro in all its colorways. (Source: GSMArena)

The OPPO Reno3 Pro 5G may launch alongside brand-first TWS earbuds

A promotional poster showing a number of new and new-ish devices made by OPPO has just leaked. It suggests that its upcoming 5G device will launch alongside the OEM's first-ever truly-wireless (or TWS) earbuds. This material also ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 14 Dec 2019 21:34:00 +0100
Journey to Skyrim in the next chapter of The Elder Scrolls Online. (Image via ZeniMax)

The Elder Scrolls Online will soon belong to the Nords, will focus on Skyrim in future update

In a teaser trailer released at The Game Awards, ZeniMax took the veil off the next chapter in the MMO The Elder Scrolls Online. The next major event in the massive multiplayer title will take place in Skyrim, home of the Nords.
Sam Medley, Sat, 14 Dec 2019 21:21:00 +0100
The Communication Limits feature in iOS 13.3 can easily be bypassed. (Image via Apple)

New bug in iOS 13.3 allows kids to circumvent Communication Limits parental controls

A bug in iOS 13.3 allows users to easily circumvent the Communication Limits feature. While Communication Limits is supposed to block users (specifically children) from communicating with or adding unknown or unapproved numbers, s...
Sam Medley, Sat, 14 Dec 2019 20:30:00 +0100
Image via Windows Insider

Windows 10 Your Phone app now compatible with all Android phones, can make and receive phone calls

Microsoft recently announced that all Android handsets are now able to sync with the Windows 10 Your Phone app, which can now make and receive phone calls directly from the Windows desktop. However, the new feature is slowly rolli...
Sam Medley, Sat, 14 Dec 2019 20:07:00 +0100
Future iPhone photos could get much better thanks to AI. (Image via Apple)

Apple acquires Spectral Edge Ltd., may integrate AI photo enhancement tech in iPhone cameras

Apple recently acquired control of U.K. startup Spectral Edge Ltd., a company that developer AI-based photo processing software. The software merges an infrared picture with a traditional photograph to sharpen the image and improv...
Sam Medley, Sat, 14 Dec 2019 19:39:00 +0100
Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G SoC - Benchmarks and Specs

Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G SoC - Benchmarks and Specs

Kryo 470 Gold / Silver ARM 8 cores @ 2200 MHz 7nm
Intel Core i9-9900KS Desktop CPU - Benchmarks and Specs

Intel Core i9-9900KS Desktop CPU - Benchmarks and Specs

Coffee Lake-S x86 8 cores @ 4000 - 5000 MHz 14++nm
Samsung Galaxy A90 5G

Samsung Galaxy A90 5G: One of the cheapest 5G phones

The Samsung Galaxy A90 5G does not manage to set itself apart from other high-end smartphones in terms of camera performance, overall performance or features. However, it does offer 5G at a relatively low price.
Florian Schmitt, Sat, 14 Dec 2019 03:08:00 +0100
Xiaomi upgraded the Redmi K20 to Android 9.0 builds of MIUI 11 in October. (Image source: XDA Developers)

Android 10 arrives on the Xiaomi Redmi K20 & Mi 9T

The Redmi K20 may have now been superseded by the Redmi K30, but the former remains at the pinnacle of Xiaomi's software plans. Released in June on MIUI 10, the handset has started receiving Android 10 builds of MIUI 11 in China. ...
Alex Alderson, Sat, 14 Dec 2019 02:16:00 +0100
Dec 13
The Samsung Galaxy S10+. (Source: Trusted Reviews)

The Android 10 update will get to North American Samsung Galaxy S10 models way earlier than expected

The Samsung Galaxy S10 line is already receiving the Android 10-based One UI 2.0 OTA but the update so far is limited to Exynos-powered European models. Samsung's update roadmap says Snapdragon models won't get the update till Jan...
Ricci Rox, Fri, 13 Dec 2019 21:13:00 +0100
Galaxy S11 renders. (Source: OnLeaks)

Huge battery touted for the Galaxy S11 as launch date leaks

The past few days have revealed more information on the Galaxy S11 phones. Most notable of the lot is the fact that the S11 will see a big upgrade in battery capacity over its predecessor. The phones' launch date appears to have b...
Ricci Rox, Fri, 13 Dec 2019 21:11:00 +0100
Visible light communication can enable local networks using everyday fittings. (Source: Medium)

The visible light communication market may exceed US$100 billion in value by 2024

Visible light communication is a form of wireless technology that uses radiation in the visible to infra-red light spectrum to transmit data. It is seen as an increasingly robust and reliable way of doing so, and needs not much mo...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 13 Dec 2019 20:10:00 +0100
The "special event" teaser. (Source: OnePlus)

OnePlus teases a CES 2020 "special event"

2020 will mark the first year that OnePlus will take part in CES, the traditional January Las Vegas tech fest. The OEM has just sent out teaser images for a "special event" that will run through the relevant dates in that location...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 13 Dec 2019 19:30:00 +0100
Vivo's latest launch announcement. (Source: Weibo)

Vivo announces a launch date for the X30 5G

The Vivo X30 will be the first phone to launch with the Exynos 980, a processor that supports dual-mode 5G. It is also thought to have a 60x zoom in its main camera array and a Pro variant. The OEM has revealed that this event wil...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 13 Dec 2019 18:47:00 +0100
Image via Square Enix

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition delayed to Summer 2020

On Twitter, Square Enix has announced that they are delaying the release of Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicle Remastered Edition for a second time. The title, which will be available on Android, iOS, the PS4, and the Nintendo Switch...
Sam Medley, Fri, 13 Dec 2019 18:27:00 +0100
Huami announces its presence at CES 2020. (Source: Huami)

Huami will go "beyond the smartwatch" with its 2020 product portfolio

Huami is a wearables OEM that has made a name for itself largely through its Amazfit brand of smartwatches. However, it has revealed that it intends to push into additional product categories next year. The company has secured a C...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 13 Dec 2019 17:52:00 +0100
The Garmin Instinct could be getting a solar-powered revamp. (Image via Garmin)

New firmware leak hints at solar-powered Garmin Instinct 2 Solar

A leaked firmware update from Garmin all but confirms that a new solar-powered wearable is coming from the outdoor tech company. The Garmin Instinct 2 Solar, as the device is likely to be called, will feature a solar-powered recha...
Sam Medley, Fri, 13 Dec 2019 17:45:00 +0100
Rumored render of the OPPO Reno3 5G. (Image via Nashville Chatter)

OPPO Reno3 5G appears on TENAA, listing preliminary specs

The OPPO Reno3 5G showed up on TENAA today with some preliminary specs. The Reno3 will indeed support 5G thanks to the MediaTek MT6885 powering the phone. Other specifications closely match the Reno3 Pro 5G.
Sam Medley, Fri, 13 Dec 2019 17:24:00 +0100
The leaks detailing the center top punch-hole selfie and the iPhone 11 rear bump with four cameras were spot on. (Source: GSMArena)

Samsung launches quad-cam Galaxy A51 and A71 mid-range phones

The Exynos 9611 on the A51 and the Snapdragon 730 on the A71 are clearly meant for mid-range smartphones, but the imaging features on these models are already more advanced than anything Samsung has put on previous flagships. In t...
Bogdan Solca, Fri, 13 Dec 2019 16:28:00 +0100
The Snapdragon 865 might be the smallest SoC out there, but keep in mind it does not integrate any 4G/5G modem. (Source: Qualcomm)

Most 2020 smartphone flagships will have increased power requirements due to the lack of integrated 4G/5G modem with the Snapdragon 865

Qualcomm already presented the premium mid-range Snapdragon 765G with integrated X52 5G modem, so the fact that the Snapdragon 865 comes with no integrated 4G/5G modem does not make any sense. Unless Qualcomm wants to increase its...
Bogdan Solca, Fri, 13 Dec 2019 16:08:00 +0100
Godfall, the PS5's first officially announced title (Image source: Sony)

Godfall, first official PS5 title, announced at The Game Awards

Sony showcased Counterplay Games' Godfall, the first official PS5 title, at The Game Awards. The reveal was near-concurrent with Microsoft's Xbox Series X and Hellblade II reveals.
Arjun Krishna Lal, Fri, 13 Dec 2019 14:21:00 +0100
AVM Fritz! WLAN Repeater 600, 1200, 1750E, 2000 and 3000 Review

AVM Fritz! WLAN Repeater 600, 1200, 1750E, 2000 and 3000 Review

Please Repeat! With the Fritz! WLAN Repeater family, AVM offers a range of small devices for quickly and easily extending the range of Wi-Fi networks. In this review, we shall consider the four new repeaters and one from the older series and clarify which are suitable for certain uses.
Klaus Hinum, Fri, 13 Dec 2019 13:16:00 +0100
Hellblade II features remarkable visuals (Image source: Microsoft)

First game announced for Xbox Series X: Senua's Saga: Hellblade II

Following the announcement of the Xbox Series X, Ninja Theory showcased Senua's Saga: Hellblade II, the first game officially announced for the platform. Photo-realistic trailer visuals have set expectations high for Microsoft's u...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Fri, 13 Dec 2019 11:23:00 +0100
The Galaxy Fold is a hit with 1 million devices sold. (Source: Notebookcheck)

Galaxy Fold a success with 1 million devices sold at US$2,000 a piece

Samsung has revealed that it has sold 1 million units of the Galaxy Fold. The result should help to silence critics of the device who have questioned its resilience, usefulness and value for money.
Sanjiv Sathiah, Fri, 13 Dec 2019 11:05:00 +0100
The Motorola One Zoom (Source: MySmartPrice)

DxOMark | The Motorola One Zoom's cameras aren't worthy of its price tag

The Motorola One Zoom is a mid-range phone by Motorola that costs US$449. Yes, it does feature a quad-camera system but versatility and numbers don't always compensate for raw quality, if DxOMark's review of the phone is anything ...
Ricci Rox, Fri, 13 Dec 2019 10:30:00 +0100
Comparison of Laptop Graphics Cards

Comparison of Laptop Graphics Cards

Inclusive list of all graphics cards currently available for notebooks. Approximate 3DMark benchmarks results are provided in italic.
Notebookcheck, Fri, 13 Dec 2019 10:25:53 +0100
Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List

Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List

Sort and filter through all currently available mobile graphics cards by performance or specification.
Klaus Hinum, Fri, 13 Dec 2019 10:25:53 +0100
Computer Games on Laptop Graphics Cards

Computer Games on Laptop Graphics Cards

Benchmark list of all laptop graphics cards and their performance in real games. The list is divided in different settings and can be searched and restricted.
Klaus Hinum, Fri, 13 Dec 2019 10:25:53 +0100
The RX 5500 XT delivers solid 1080p performance (Image Source: AMD)

AMD launches the RX 5500XT graphics card at US$169 for 4 GB variant and US$199 for 8 GB

AMD recently released a new graphics card based on the Navi 14 architecture, the RX 5500 XT. The 5500 XT comes in 4 GB and 8 GB flavors and takes the fight to Nvidia's GTX 1650 Super. But with the RX 580 still selling for as low a...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Fri, 13 Dec 2019 10:02:00 +0100
Mobile Processors - Benchmark List

Mobile Processors - Benchmark List

This is a benchmark list of mobile processors like Intel Core M, A10, A8, Atom, ... series - sorted by performance.
Redaktion, Fri, 13 Dec 2019 09:59:34 +0100
Welcome to the Xbox Series X, formerly known as Project Scarlett. (Source: Microsoft)

Say hello to the Xbox Series X, coming Holiday 2020

Microsoft just dropped a bomb on an unsuspecting global gaming community by unveiling the design of its next-generation console, previously known as Project Scarlett. The new console will comprise of more than one model and thus t...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Fri, 13 Dec 2019 06:23:00 +0100
Dec 12
The Element T6 Max Bluetooth speaker. (Source: Tronsmart)

The Tronsmart Element T6 Max is a 60 watt Bluetooth speaker

Tronsmart has announced the Element T6 Max, a new speaker that, despite being wireless and intended as a portable accessory, has a striking 60 watts (W) of total sound output power. The OEM claims this is due at least in part to i...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 12 Dec 2019 22:31:00 +0100
The alleged Xiaomi clamshell foldable phone. (Source: LetsGoDigital)

Xiaomi may have combined a foldable form-factor, a pop-up camera and a secondary display into 1 patent

Xiaomi is already linked to 1 patent for a clamshell-type foldable. Now, however, there may be a newer version. This one shows a lengthy primary display that folds in half, as does the 2019 Motorola Razr. However, unlike this phon...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 12 Dec 2019 21:50:00 +0100
The latest update for macOS Catalina is now available. (Image via Apple)

macOS Catalina 10.15.2 released, may unofficially fix speaker pops and crackles in MacBook Pro

The latest version of macOS Catalina (10.15.2) brings a slew of minor updates and bug fixes. Interestingly, the update may have fixed the speaker snap, crackle, and pop issues reported by some Macbook and Macbook Pro users, though...
Sam Medley, Thu, 12 Dec 2019 20:12:00 +0100
Fortnite now allows for couch co-op. (Image: stock photo)

Local split-screen co-op comes to Fortnite on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Fortnite received an update today that introduces local split-screen multiplayer for Duos and Squads. The feature is currently only available on the PS4 and Xbox One. A few other features have been added as well, including a chang...
Sam Medley, Thu, 12 Dec 2019 19:13:00 +0100

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