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Feb 19
An overview schematic of Intel's discrete GPU prototype. (Images: PC Watch)

Intel reveals protorype of their discrete GPU

Intel unveiled plans for a prototype of their discrete GPU at the San Francisco ISSCC (IEEE International Solid State Circuits Conference) late last week. The 14 nm dGPU, which is still in an early prototype stage, features 1.5 billion transistors and is clocked between 50 - 400 MHz, which may hint at a focus on efficiency over raw power.
Samsung SM-T835/Galaxy Tab S4 specs (Source: GFXBench)

Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 hits GFXBench

The Samsung SM-T835 device that surfaced on GFXBench appears to have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor onboard, next to 4 GB RAM, 64 GB internal storage, and a 12 MP main camera. This 10.5-inch slate runs Android Oreo and is expected to feature a stylus, a detachable keyboard, as well as AKG-tuned speakers.
Intel seems optimistic about any financial losses that could occur with all the litigations queuing up. (Source: Tech Viral)

Meltdown / Spectre CPU vulnerabilities brought Intel 32 lawsuits in 1.5 months

Two of the class-action suits involve Intel's own shareholders and board members, essential pitting Intel against Intel in court.
The Coffee Lake-U series is bound to be officially unveiled in the coming weeks. (Source: Intel)

Intel Coffee Lake-U Core i5-8269U CPU specs leaked in SiSoftware Sandra

The test result for the unannounced i5-8269U ultra-low voltage CPU were added to the online benchmark archive on February 16. Compared to the i5-8350U, the i5-8269U has a higher base clock, but the boost clock was not yet revealed.
The successor to the LG G6 (pictured) is said to feature a 6.1-inch MLCD+ display. (Source: LG)

Next LG flagship rumored to sport a 6.1-inch 18:9 MLCD+ display

LG will be launching a successor to the G6, but it will come later this year with the Korean company targeting a June launch window. It won't have a pOLED display, but it will feature some interesting new LCD technology and pack a Snapdragon 845.
Feb 18
Maze Alpha X Smartphone Review

81% Maze Alpha X Smartphone Review

Cheap, bezel-less, good? The Maze Alpha X succeeds the recently introduced Maze Alpha and sells for 50 Euros (~$62) more on the virtual shop counter. On the outside, the screen has grown by 240 pixels vertically and the pixel-free portion on the front was decreased accordingly. We will evaluate the device's strengths and weaknesses in this review.
Mediatek Helio P25 | ARM Mali-T880 MP2 | 6" | 210 g
Microsoft Surface Book 2 15 (i7, GTX 1060) Laptop Review

Microsoft Surface Book 2 15 (i7, GTX 1060) Laptop Review

Now in a 15-inch form factor - Live Review. After a few months' delay, the larger version of the Microsoft Surface Book 2 is finally available in Germany. We have got our review device precisely at the sales launch and now we put it to the test. We are especially excited to examine the energy management of the more powerful components, because we already saw bottlenecks in this area in the smaller model.
Intel Core i7-8650U | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop) | 15" | 1.9 kg
More issues have hit the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. (Source: Google)

Pixel 2/XL running warm, draining batteries after February security patch

Google's flagship handsets, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, have been hit by more software bugs. This time, users are reporting overheating issues and poor battery life following the February security patch.
The Amazon-exclusive Essential PH-1 in Halo Gray with Alexa on board. (Source: Amazon)

Essential launches Amazon-exclusive version of Phone PH-1 with Alexa

Essential has launched a further fresh color variant of its Phone PH-1. The new Halo Gray color is exclusive to Amazon and also comes pre-installed with Amazon's Alexa personal voice-assistant.
Feb 17
The Mi Mix 2S could be the world's first SD 845-powered smartphone. (Source: Weibo / XDA Developers)

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S is coming for real, iPhone X-like gestures and Snapdragon 845 in tow (video)

New evidence points to the existence of the highly anticipated Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S — the first smartphone touted to sport the Snapdragon 845 SoC. The Mi Mix 2S could also feature iPhone X-like gestures for navigation along with a side notch for housing the selfie camera.
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.
Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List

Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List

Sort and filter through all currently available mobile graphics cards by performance or specification.
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.
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.
Schenker Technologies Key 15 (Clevo P955HP6) Laptop Review

84% Schenker Technologies Key 15 (Clevo P955HP6) Laptop Review

Sexy Beast. A lot of performance in a stylish and compact case: Schenker Technologies aims to achieve all that with the brand new Key 15. Find out in our test, how the 15-incher fares against its main competitor from Gigabyte, the Aero 15.
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop) | 15.6" | 2.2 kg
Feb 16
Expect a full screen and 18:9 aspect ratio with the HTC Desire 12. (Source: TechRadar)

Leak claims new HTC device is the HTC Desire 12

Notebookcheck recently reported on a new smartphone being developed by HTC, however, the device was codenamed "Breeze" at the time. This new model is now expected to be the upcoming HTC Desire 12.
Trump's increase in infrastructure spending positively affected Bitcoin's value. (Source: Dealbreaker)

Don't expect US regulation of Bitcoin anytime soon

White House spokesman, Rob Joyce, doesn't believe the US government is ready to attempt regulating Bitcoin until the good and bad aspects of the cryptocurrency are fully understood. The US official was discussing the topic at the Munich Security Conference in Germany.
The estimated cost of building Apple Park was US$5 billion. (Source: Digital Trends)

Apple Park's glass walls and doors are hazardous for workers

Apple Park may look like a futuristic marvel but apparently it has been causing a number of painful incidents for workers due to its abundance of glass features. It seems distracted Apple employees are walking straight into the surrounding glass panels.
Asus ZenBook 3 Deluxe UX490UA (i5-7200U, 256 GB SSD) Subnotebook Review

Asus ZenBook 3 Deluxe UX490UA (i5-7200U, 256 GB SSD) Subnotebook Review

ZenBook Crash Deluxe. Bad luck: Asus released its latest rather ambitious subnotebook, and the marketing campaign is in full swing. And then we receive a lemon - a defective unit with a strong disposition for blue screens. While we are working hard trying to get our hands on a working unit we did not feel like keeping our hitherto existing findings from you, our readers.
Intel Core i5-7200U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.1 kg
HP Omen X 17 (7820HK, GTX 1080, 120 Hz FHD) Laptop Review

87% HP Omen X 17 (7820HK, GTX 1080, 120 Hz FHD) Laptop Review

X marks the spot. HP has unleashed a beast in the form of the HP Omen X 17. With a high-refresh rate panel, an overclockable Core i7 CPU, and the most powerful mobile GPU currently on the market, does the Omen X 17 have the "X factor" it needs to stand apart from the crowd, or is it just white noise in a highly competitive performance tier?
Intel Core i7-7820HK | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop) | 17.3" | 4.9 kg
The Airtop 2 Inferno is considerably thicker than the original version, as it integrates larger cooling fins on the sides. (Source: Compulab)

Compulab preps crowdfunding for compact fanless Airtop 2 gaming PC

The Airtop 2 models will be crowdfunded through a Kickstarter campaign starting on February 24. Inferno is the high-end Airtop 2 version that will feature an i7-7700K CPU, a GTX 1080, up to 64 GB DDR4-2400 RAM, NVMe SSDs + SATA 3 HDDs/SSDs combo and numerous connectors, all in a 0 db fanless compact case.
Alcatel 5, 3V, 1X Android handsets coming February 2018 (Source: Alcatel USA)

Alcatel 5, 3V and 1X coming next week

The Alcatel 5, Alcatel 3V, and Alcatel 1X were all introduced at CES 2018, and on February 24 they are scheduled to hit the market. Powered by MediaTek processors, they are all expected to target budget-conscious consumers.
Archos has announced the Vision 215, an inexpensive all-in-one system with an Intel Atom chip. (Source: Archos)

Archos introduces 21.5" all-in-one with Intel Atom chip and small bezels

Archos has announced the Vision 215, a new all-in-one system with a 21.5" display which focuses on the low-end market. The all-in-one uses an Intel Atom Z8350 soc and will have a price tag of less than US$375.
Microsoft Surface Pro LTE, Surface Pro celebrates fifth anniversary

Microsoft Surface Pro celebrates fifth anniversary

Announced as Surface for Windows 8 Pro back in June 2012, Microsoft's well-known 2-in-1 convertible was later renamed to Surface Pro and made its debut in February 2013. The fifth generation was released last year, in June.
Google will acquire IoT platform Xively for $50 million. (Source: Google)

Google acquires Internet of Things platform Xively for US$50 million

Google has announced that it intends to acquire the Internet of Things platform Xively in order to expand its own Cloud IoT Core infrastructure. Google will pay US$50 million for the takeover.
The new variants might cause some problems for Intel's and AMD's already announced hardware fixes. (Source:

Two new Meltdown and Spectre variants discovered

The latest variants dubbed MeltdownPrime and SpectrePrime were discovered by Nvidia and Princeton University researchers. In a nutshell, these variants force two CPU cores to react to each other in order to trick multi-core systems into giving up cached data.
Facebook Messenger Kids now on Android (Source: Google Play)

Facebook Messenger Kids now available for Android

Not long after its arrival to iOS devices and Amazon Fire tablets, the Facebook Messenger Kids app is finally available for all Android handsets and tablets via Google Play.
Lenovo IdeaPad 320-15IKBRN (8250U, MX150, FHD) Laptop Review

80% Lenovo IdeaPad 320-15IKBRN (8250U, MX150, FHD) Laptop Review

The familiar problems remain. The 15.6-inch device from Lenovo has been given a good performance upgrade. The new quad-core processor is fast and works well together with the dedicated graphics card. But the biggest headache remains - the ThinkPad's low-quality screen. The battery runtimes are also rather disappointing.
Intel Core i5-8250U | NVIDIA GeForce MX150 | 15.6" | 2 kg
Asus ROG Strix GL702VI (i7-7700HQ, GTX 1080) Laptop Review

84% Asus ROG Strix GL702VI (i7-7700HQ, GTX 1080) Laptop Review

Packing a punch. With its quad-core CPU and high-end GeForce GTX 1080 GPU, the ROG Strix GL702VI handles even the latest generation of graphically-intensive games with relative ease. The dual fans have no problem keeping the heat in check, but overall system performance lags slightly behind the competition.
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop) | 17.3" | 3.2 kg
Sony PSVR is on special again starting from US$199. (Source: Sony)

Sony slashes prices on PSVR headset for a limited time

Following the success of its holiday promotion on the PSVR, Sony has decided to bring the deals back for a limited time. Once again, prices have been slashed US$100 across the range bringing the starting price to just US$199.
Samsung Galaxy S9+ Coral Blue variant leaked image

Samsung Galaxy S9+ with Snapdragon 845 hits AnTuTu

The Samsung Galaxy S9+ with Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor apparently scored an impressive 265,267 AnTuTu score, obliterating the Snapdragon 835-driven Samsung Galaxy S8+ which scores around 170,000 points.
The Essential Phone PH-1 now comes in three new colors. (Source: Essential)

Essential launches its Phone PH-1 in three new limited edition colors

Essential doesn't look like it has any immediate plans to slip quietly into obscurity. The company has just launched three new color variants of its Phone PH-1 to help rekindle interest in the device.
Dell Inspiron 13 5379 (i5-8250U, UHD 620) Convertible Review

80% Dell Inspiron 13 5379 (i5-8250U, UHD 620) Convertible Review

Old on the outside, new on the inside. Dell has updated the Inspiron 13 5379 with an Intel 8th generation Kaby Lake processor. This is the only noteworthy change though. Aesthetically, everything remains the same, including the I/O. In this review we will be clarifying what performance you should expect from the Dell Inspiron 13 5379.
Intel Core i5-8250U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 13.3" | 1.6 kg
The new devices will feature Samsung's "Metal12," a lightweight magnesium-aluminum alloy. (Source: Pocketnow)

New Samsung Notebook 9 (2018) gets US release date and price tag

Samsung fans in the USA will be able to choose from three new devices (with multiple configurations) from February 18. It will be possible to buy either the Notebook 9 (2018), Notebook 9 Pen or Notebook 7 Spin (2018) directly from Samsung's online store.
Feb 15
It is not known yet if you can pre-order an Ataribox with Atari Tokens. (Source: Ataribox)

Can the Atari Token gobble up cryptocurrency competition?

Atari has announced that it will be developing a digital currency called Atari Token. Atari (incorporated in 1972) was once a huge player in the video-game industry but struggled to compete against Sony, Sega and Nintendo in the game-console market of the 1990s.
The 2016 LTSB version of Windows 10 will have mainstream support until 2021. (Source: Softpedia)

Windows 10 vital to US Air Force preparedness

The US Department of Defense has stated that the United States Air Force (USAF) must ensure its computers are operating Windows 10 by March 31, 2018. The Microsoft OS is considered to be a crucial component in the overall readiness of the armed service branch.
The best alternatives to the Apple MacBook Pro 13

The best alternatives to the Apple MacBook Pro 13

A Mac? No thanks. Apple's range of notebooks is as popular as ever. But there is also a good selection of similarly interesting notebooks for Windows users. Take a look at the best devices that the world of Windows has come up with to compete against Apple's portfolio. Updated January 2018.
Wild Buster: Heroes of Titan. (Source: Insel Games)

Valve removes developer from Steam after CEO apparently threatens staff to post fake reviews

An email has been leaked showing the CEO of Insel Games appearing to threaten staff job security if they didn't post fake reviews of one of their games on Steam. After looking into these claims, Valve has decided to remove the developer from the Steam Store, but their games are still playable for those who have already purchased them.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro (Source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and Note 5 Pro roll out in India

The Snapdragon 625-powered Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 is an affordable all-rounder that starts at US$156, while the slightly more expensive Redmi Note 5 Pro employs a Snapdragon 636 chip, a dual main camera, and a 20 MP selfie shooter.
The Nokia 6. (Source: Pocket Lint)

Images of the Nokia 1 and Nokia 7 Plus surface

A new leak by tipster Evan Blass (@evleaks) has detailed the forms of the upcoming Nokia 1 and 7+. The Nokia 7 Plus is particularly interesting, as it spots dual rear cameras, and will be an Android One device.
The official Xbox app now supports party chat on the go. (Source: Microsoft)

Microsoft enables party chat for Xbox apps on Android and iOS

Microsoft has pushed an update for the Xbox app on Android and iOS, which finally allows users to engage in party chats on Xbox Live via their smartphone or tablet.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8. (Source: Pocket Lint)

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will not feature an under-display fingerprint sensor

Reports last year claimed that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 9 would be the first Samsung device to feature an under-display fingerprint so. That has become extremely unlikely, however, as a new report claims the device will feature a rear-mounted sensor like with the Note 8.
Devices like the Nokia 7 and 8 were not launched in the US. (Source: Juho Sarvikas)

HMD sold 4.4 million smartphones in Q4 2017, more than OnePlus, Sony, or Google

Data by Counterpoint has hailed HMD as being the 11th largest smartphone brand in the world right now, ahead of traditional giants like Sony, HTC, and Lenovo.
Google has announced to support more locales and languages for Google Assistant in 2018. (Source: Elger van der Wel)

Google Assistant will support 17 new languages in 2018

Google is planning on bringing its Google Assistant service to a large number of new countries and the voice assistant will also support multiple new languages in 2018. The company has announced this during a presentation at the Digital New Initiative Summit in Amsterdam.
Litecoin is leading the latest cryptocoin appreciation wave. (Source:

Cryptocurrencies on the rise again, Litecoin leads rebound with ~30% appreciation in one day

The imminent release of the LitePay service lead to a sudden appreciation for Litecoin over the past few days. Litecoin is thus expected to become more useful and appreciate even further as LitePay is compatible with Visa-enabled online/offline sale outlets.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Camera Smartphones

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Camera Smartphones

Smile please! Here you will find the best smartphones for digital photography including a big picture comparison. Our list of the best camera smartphones is regularly updated, maintained, and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions. Update February 2018.
The new MIT AI chip is bringing power efficient neural-net processing to mobile and IoT devices. (Source: MIT)

MIT reveals superefficient AI chips for smartphones

Researchers at MIT managed to simplify and adapt the intricate algorithms required by large neural-nets in order to be ran on mobile devices and smart home appliances.
Bixby is going to be in every Samsung product by 2020. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung bringing Bixby voice assistant to TVs, white goods, to boost AI efforts

Samsung is looking to expand its Bixby voice assistant platform across all of its consumer products, including white good, by 2020. The move is aimed at increasing its IoT footprint as well as its AI efforts.
Apple's third-rated HomePod speaker (presumably not on a wooden shelf). (Source: Apple)

HomePod comes third in blind audio test, leaves marks on wooden furniture

Apple's HomePod has come third, after the Google Home Max and the Sonos One, in an independent blind audio test. It only finished ahead of the relatively weak audio quality of the Amazon Echo Plus in a test conducted by Yahoo tech writer David Pogue.
Asus VivoBook E12 E203NA (N3350, HD) Laptop Review

80% Asus VivoBook E12 E203NA (N3350, HD) Laptop Review

Lightweight. The VivoBook E12 can score with its noiselessness and long battery runtime. At a weight of around one kilogram, it is one of the lightest of its kind.
Intel Celeron N3350 | Intel HD Graphics 500 | 11.6" | 992 g

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