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The Micro-B connector is sheltered within the Type-A one, while the Type-C connector is protected by a special rubber cap on the opposite side. (Source: Silicon Power)

Silicon Power outs all-in-one Type-A / Micro-B / Type-C Mobile C50 USB drives

The Mobile C50 drives come in 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB configurations featuring a unique 3-in-1 design.
New security measures put in place by the TSA could slow down security lines if passengers aren't prepared for the change. (Source: CNBC/Getty Images)

United States airport security could get even slower

Over the next few months, the TSA will introduce a new requirement for passengers to remove all electronic items larger than a smartphone from their bag as they go through airport security. This measure is intended to make it easier for TSA agents to examine items that could conceal dangerous substances.
Qualcomm and Apple have been locked in a legal battle since January. Now Intel has joined by throwing their support behind Apple. (Source:

Qualcomm hits back at Intel's claims of anti-competitive behavior

Qualcomm has responded to Intel's claims that they are an "anti-competitive bully," by asserting that they aren't specifically targeting Intel's products, just those that infringe on their patents.
Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List

Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List

Sort and filter through all currently available mobile graphics cards by performance or specification.
The Power-Mode slider allows users to select from four preset power modes for battery life or performance. (Source: Own)

UPDATE: Surface Pro 4 firmware update brings a Power-Mode slider

The latest firmware update for the Surface Pro 4 has enabled the Power-Mode slider, which was previously only available on the new Surface Pro 2017 and the Surface Book. The slider provides users with a quick and effortless way to adjust power settings on the fly.
The MXene nanomaterial combines with the hydrogel to produce a "Swiss cheese" macroporous structure. (Source: Drexler University)

Improved nanomaterials could bring batteries that fully charge in a few seconds

Researchers from Drexler University claim that their MXene nanomaterial combined with a special hydrogel can improve the ionic flow and reduce battery charge times to mere seconds.
Virus infections are relatively rare on Android, but the risk increases when the user allows side loading of apk files. (Source: gfkDSGN/Pixabay)

Android antivirus software relatively easy to beat

Researchers at Georgia Tech were able to bypass the protection of 97% of the popular Android antivirus applications tested. The detection rules used by most of the programs appear to be relatively basic, and by presenting their results at the Black Hat USA 2017 conference, the researchers are hoping that developers can improve the performance of their scanne...
Vintage Intel Atom processors are officially off Microsoft's update radar. (Source: Hexus)

No Creators Update and beyond for Intel 'Clover Trail' Atom CPUs going forward, says Microsoft.

Microsoft has officially ended availability of Windows 10 feature updates post the Anniversary Update for tablets and laptop hybrids featuring Intel's 'Clover Trail' Atom chips owing to end of interactive support for these processors from Intel.
TSMC will soley use DUV lithography in their first generation 7nm chips, possibly to ensure high throughput to remain the sole producer of the Apple A-series processors. (Source: TSMC)

TSMC's first generation 7nm process will be based on older printing technology

TSMC will be basing their first generation of 7nm chips on the DUV lithography, instead of the more advanced EUV lithography. This is likely due to production constraints associated with EUV.
A comparison between the Surface Pro 4 and a faulty Surface Pro 2017 showing the excessive backlight bleed on the latter. (Source: Surface Guy)

Complaints growing regarding excessive backlight bleed on Surface Pro 2017

Microsoft uses their line of Surface devices to help set an example for OEMs; however, their quality control appears to have slipped a bit as over 200 users have claimed on the Microsoft forums that their devices are showing excessive backlight bleed.
The device we're all waiting for just got a little further away. (Source: The Ledger Gazette)

Microsoft crushes hopes of current Windows Phone users — no full Windows 10 coming to existing handsets

A Microsoft exec has clarified that Windows 10 on ARM will not be coming to any existing Windows phones, as the OS is designed for a "desktop experience" rather than a phone one.
Qualcomm threatens to ban all Apple products in the US. (Source:

Qualcomm CEO thinks Apple will settle in latest lawsuit

Apple is expected to adhere to the contract and pay up the patent royalties it owes to Qualcomm, else the court expanses would be too high, says Qualcomm CEO.
Amazon Fire 7 (2017) Tablet Review

77% Amazon Fire 7 (2017) Tablet Review

Made for penny-pinchers. Amazon's latest Fire 7 Tablet generation is thinner, lighter, equipped with a better display, and supposed to offer an improved battery life. The price, however, remained largely unchanged, and the 2017 generation remains very affordable. Find out in our extensive review whether the entry-level tablet is worth it.
Mediatek MT8127 | ARM Mali-450 MP4 | 7" | 295 g
Wacom Cintiq Pro tablets coming in 2018 with 24-inch and 32-inch screens

Wacom announces two large Cintiq Pro tablets

The new slates will join the existing Cintiq Pro tablets with 13-inch and 16-inch sizes by taking the size of this family up to 32 inches. They should hit the market in early 2018 for prices starting at $1,999 USD.
Lenovo TB-X704Y details leaked on GeekBench, launch expected for IFA 2017

Lenovo TB-X704Y hits FCC

Not long after surfacing on GeekBench, this upcoming Lenovo tablet with a 7,000 mAh battery as the only confirmed specification so far has also been spotted at FCC. The official announcement is expected to take place in early September at IFA.
Surface Pro 2017 plagued by hibernation bug, Microsoft working on it

Microsoft Surface Pro has a hibernation-related bug

The successor of the Surface Pro 4 is now facing a new bug, this time involving random entries in hibernation mode. Fortunately, it seems that Microsoft has already identified the issue and a fix should arrive soon.
The Grand X View 2 tablet from ZTE is an 8-inch tablet powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 210 quad-core CPU clocked at 1.3 GHz. (Source: Bell)

ZTE just launched the Grand X View 2 tablet in Canada

Canadians are first to get their hands on the Grand X View 2 tablet and Bell is selling it for CAD $179.99 (USD $141).
Eve V convertible tablet delayed, but promises to come out with an improved display

Crowdfunded Eve V tablet gets delayed

Since the Eve V is a crowdfunded project, it is not surprising to see it facing multiple delays. However, this time the manufacturer allows its backers to choose an improved display without paying anything extra.
Amazon Fire HD 8 (2017) Tablet Review

81% Amazon Fire HD 8 (2017) Tablet Review

A real steal. Amazon has updated its 8-inch tablet Fire HD 8. Depending on the configuration, it will cost you between $80 and $125 - it does not really get much cheaper than that. Our review is going to clarify whether or not the tablet is really worth the money. During this year's prime day, it was even available for as little as $49!
MediaTek MT8163 V/B 1.3 GHz | ARM Mali-T720 | 8" | 369 g
Dell Latitude 7285 2-in-1 now available for $1199 USD

Dell Latitude 7285 2-in-1 now available for $1199 USD

The "world's thinnest and lightest Windows-based 2-in-1" will have optional WiTricity wireless charging mat and detachable keyboard accessories.
The 36-core Jenga system that’s running four applications. Jenga gives each application a custom virtual cache hierarchy. (Source: MIT)

On the fly hierarchical caches could speed up CPUs

MIT is currently running simulations of their improved cache memory system called Jenga that can reallocate cache access on the fly in order to create “cache hierarchies” specifically tailored for any program. Jenga can lead to performance increases of up to 30% and up to 86% reduced power consumption.
Huawei slashing Mate 9 and Honor 8 prices for Amazon Prime Day (Source: Huawei)

Huawei slashing Mate 9 and Honor 8 prices for Amazon Prime Day

Huawei's current flagship can be had for $150 USD off the original price for a limited time. A total of six other Huawei devices will also be discounted for Amazon Prime users only.
Google Android 7.0 Nougat usage now at 11 percent

Android Nougat usage continues to rise

In around 10 months since its official debut, Android 7 managed to conquer 11.5 percent of the market. Its predecessor, on the other hand, remains the most popular version, with a share of almost 32 percent.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Tablets

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Tablets

July 2017 update. Here you will find the current best tablets reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Convertibles

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Convertibles

July 2017 update. Here you will find the best convertibles reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.
The Surface Pro features improved performance, battery life, and design over the Surface Pro 4. (Source: Microsoft)

Surface Pro users complain of random shut-offs

Microsoft has confirmed that some Surface Pro units are being affected by sudden and random hibernation — though other users assert the laptop is simply turning off abruptly, causing them to lose work.
A resolution passed by the European Parliament echoes the demands of consumers and companies like iFixit: give us devices that are easier to repair. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Europeans want devices that can be easily repaired

In 2014, a poll showed that a majority of consumers in the EU would prefer to repair their old devices instead of just buying new ones. Recently, the European Parliament passed a resolution calling for device manufacturers to create products better suited to meet this demand.
Inital renders of 'Mercury' revealed that the device could be a large Lumia variant. (Source: MSPoweruser)

Nokia's cancelled 'Mercury' tablet is reminiscent of a large Lumia phone

Leaked images reveal that the Nokia 'Mercury' tablet could have been a decent Windows 8 device with enough power for day-to-day tasks.
Asus ZenPad 3S 10 Android tablet gets Nougat update

Asus ZenPad 3S 10 gets Android Nougat

This 9.7-inch slate that arrived on the market last August gets Android 7.0 via OTA, the new firmware dropping some of the preinstalled apps in addition to the usual changes that come when moving from Marshmallow to Nougat.
The G Pad IV 8.0 FHD LTE tablet weighs as much as a Coke can. (Source: LG)

LG launches G Pad IV 8.0 FHD LTE mid-range tablet

The mid-range successor of last year's G Pad III tablet is now available in South Korea for approximately $305.
Guide: Lithium-Ion Battery Safety and Care

Guide: Lithium-Ion Battery Safety and Care

Galaxy Note 7, iPhone, and Hoverboard fires have brought the safety of lithium-ion batteries into the spotlight. Although news coverage often implies that any fire or explosion is the result of incompetence, it's important to recognize the volatile nature of the battery technology itself, even under the best circumstances.
With no tangible benefits over its bigger cousin, the Surface Mini was shelved in the last minute. (Source: Windows Central)

Pictures of the cancelled Surface Mini reveal why it didn't hold promise

With nothing noteworthy to offer apart from a smaller display and an underpowered processor, the Surface Mini was cancelled by Microsoft at the last minute.
Microsoft Surface Pro 2017 (i5-7300U, 256 GB) Convertible Review

90% Microsoft Surface Pro 2017 (i5-7300U, 256 GB) Convertible Review

Olden but golden. Without a USB Type-C or Thunderbolt 3, the 2017 model of Microsoft's Surface Pro seems kind of dowdy. The fanless operation we have already seen in Acer's Alpha 12, and unfortunately the device throttles noticeably. Is the only benefit left really its decent battery life?
Intel Core i5-7300U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 12.3" | 1.1 kg
Thanks to its incorporation of various Wi-Fi and cellular networks, Project Fi boasts a wide coverage area. Its number of supported devices, however, is rather limited. (Source: Google)

A new budget-friendly phone expected to join the Project Fi lineup

One of the biggest complaints against Google's wireless service, Project Fi, is its lack of supported phones. In a recent statement, the company promised to add a new third-party device to the lineup "later this year".
Huawei MediaPad T3 7 Android tablet launches in Japan in early July 2017

Huawei MediaPad T3 7 coming to Japan next week

This new affordable tablet has an aluminum shell and uses a MediaTek MT8127 processor, running Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box. The specs are in line with the price of less than $110 USD.
Huawei MediaPad T3 10

81% Huawei MediaPad T3 10 Tablet Review

Fast - or not really? The Huawei MediaPad T3 10 impresses with a quite high processor performance for lower mid-range tablets, but still cannot convince in terms of overall performance. How it manages to do this, you can find out in our test.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 | Qualcomm Adreno 308 | 9.6" | 460 g
Huawei MateBook series officially coming to North America (Source: Huawei)

Huawei MateBook series officially coming to North America

The existing MateBook X, MateBook D, and MateBook E should be shipping within the next few months with online pre-orders beginning tomorrow.
UK PC market expected to slip by 6.8 percent this year

UK PC market expected to slip by 6.8 percent this year

The overall PC market in the UK may be shrinking, but a greater proportion of sales are expected to be made up of 2-in-1s, convertibles, detachables, and ultra-slim notebooks instead of the standard traditional laptop.
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2017) Tablet Review

92% Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2017) Tablet Review

Big Player. The Apple iPad Pro 12.9 has been updated not only with a faster SoC but also with an improved camera and display. We haven't found much to criticize, but the giant amongst its brethren is not a full replacement for a laptop just yet.
Apple A10X Fusion | Apple A10X Fusion GPU / PowerVR | 12.9" | 677 g
Snapdragon 450 is the first 14nm mainstream SoC from Qualcomm. (Source: Anandtech)

The Snapdragon 450 is Qualcomm's newest 14nm midrange SoC

Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 is the first mainstream SoC to use 14nm FinFET process and is designed to deliver considerable improvements in battery life, graphics processing, compute performance, imaging and LTE connectivity over its predecessor, the Snapdragon 435.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Active rugged Android flagship confirmed to receive Android 8.0 update

Unofficial list of Samsung devices to get Android 8.0 shows up

While the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S8 handsets will get Android O for sure, it is very likely that the Galaxy S6 series and the Note 5 phablet will never receive an official update to Android 8.0.
Huawei P10 Android flagship full color range

Huawei opens R&D center in Brazil

The Chinese brand teamed up with a local government agency and opened a research and development facility in Santa Rita do Sapucai, in the state of Minas Gerais. Huawei invested $1.3 million in the center.
Asus ZT582KL/ZenPad Z8 2017 Android tablet heading for Verizon Wireless

Asus ZenPad Z8 2017 leaks online

This new slate that should hit Verizon Wireless in the coming weeks might be the same as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 652-driven ZenPad 3S 8.0 that made its debut at COMPUTEX last month.
Archos Kodak tablets coming next month in two screen sizes

Archos Kodak tablets coming next month in two screen sizes

The 7-inch and 10.1-inch models will each sport Android 7.0 Nougat, a MicroSD slot for expansion, and special photo-editing software for a starting price of just 100 Euros.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2017 (Core i7, OLED) Convertible Review

88% Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2017 (Core i7, OLED) Convertible Review

Premium convertible. Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Yoga is clearly in a league of its own - at least as far as the price is concerned. The convertible features high-end components and a very good OLED panel. How the top-of-the-line version of the X1 Yoga with Intel Core i7 CPU compares to its competitors is the subject of our comprehensive review.
Update: Battery runtime and measurements of the WQHD-IPS panel added.
Intel Core i7-7600U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.4 kg
Alleged Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2017) details on GFXBench as Samsung SM-T835

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2017) leaks online

This slate surfaced on GFXBench under the codename SM-T835 featuring a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor, 2 GB RAM, and 16 GB internal storage. An IFA launch might be in the cards, but nothing has been confirmed yet.
Apple iPad Pro 10.5 Tablet Review

92% Apple iPad Pro 10.5 Tablet Review

A great tablet, but not a pro. The iPad Pro 10.5 is Apple's second generation of the Pro-series. The screen is definitely the star of the show. It has not only grown in size, but it also offers 120 Hz, HDR and claims coverage of the P3 color space. The tablet is on its way to the top with the A10X SoC, but it will still not be a satisfying notebook replacement.
Apple A10X Fusion | Apple A10X Fusion GPU / PowerVR | 10.5" | 469 g
A visual simplification of the big.LITTLE platform delegating tasks to different cores. (Source: MS Power User)

Full Windows 10 on Snapdragon could mean big(.LITTLE) improvements

Windows 10 running on ARM chips won't necessarily mean you'll be trading speed for endurance; ARM's big.LITTLE specialized core technology will mean big improvements in both stamina and performance.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet Gen 2 (i5-7Y54) Tablet Review

86% Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet Gen 2 (i5-7Y54) Tablet Review

Evolution, not revolution. The first generation of Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Tablet was decent, but it had its fair share of flaws. A year later, the latest version has seen little more than a chipset refresh with a few component updates. Is that enough to remain competitive?
Intel Core i5-7Y54 | Intel HD Graphics 615 | 12" | 1.1 kg
Trade in your old MacBook or iPad and get up to US$850 off a new Surface. (Source: Microsoft)

Today marks the global launch of the Surface Pro and Surface Laptop

The Surface Laptop and Surface Pro from Microsoft are now both available around the world in 25 different countries. In the US and Canada, Microsoft has launched a program that allows a user to turn in an older computer for up to US$850 credit towards a new Surface device.

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