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A smart material reacts to a magnetic field. (Source: Physics Open Lab)

The smart materials market is now projected to reach a US$100+ billion valuation by 2026

Smart materials may prove to be the basis of the electronic components of the future. Their market's value was estimated at US$36 billion in 2017. That figure is now thought to grow until it hits $127 billion in 7 years from now.
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 20 Sep 2019 19:32:00 +0200
The iPhone 11 smartphones feature two or three camera sensors inside square-shaped housings. (Image source: Apple)

If you hate the square camera design for the Apple iPhone 11 then you're going to loathe the next-gen iPad Pro

An image of an apparent final design mockup of the next-generation Apple iPad Pro has found its way online, and if you are not a fan of Apple’s choice for the main camera design on the iPhone 11 series then there’s a good chance y...
Daniel R Deakin, Wed, 18 Sep 2019 23:33:00 +0200
Google Maps may gain this new setting soon. (Source: Twitter)

Incognito Mode is coming to Google Maps on phones

Google's I/O 2019 event saw announcements for plans to bring Chrome's Incognito Mode to mobile services such as Search. This is now reportedly in testing for Maps. It is accessed by tapping the avatar associated with a Google acco...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 18 Sep 2019 23:18:00 +0200
The C433 is a more affordable version of the recently released C434. (Source: Asus)

Asus to release Chromebook Flip C433 this October

The latest member of the C400-series of Chromebooks from Asus is a slightly more affordable version of the existing C434 model. Its specs are very similar, except it is missing the i7-8500Y CPU option and the 14-inch IPS FHD touch...
Bogdan Solca, Wed, 18 Sep 2019 16:58:00 +0200
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, Wed, 18 Sep 2019 10:31:02 +0200
More users may be able to apply this theme soon. (Source: Android Police)

The Google Assistant and App is seeing a roll-out of dark theme again

Google Assistant had been reported to gain a dark theme at the start of 2019. However, this update did not get to all users at once. Now, it appears that the Mountain View giant is pushing this change again. This new roll-out, whi...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 15 Sep 2019 20:08:00 +0200
A wall outlet for the future. (Source: Leviton)

A new power socket with USB type C Power Delivery ports has modern devices in mind

Leviton's new duplex wall socket also has in-built USB outputs. These welcome and increasingly welcome upgrades to electrical fittings are type-C ports with the Power Delivery (USB-PD) standard. This means they are rated to charge...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 14 Sep 2019 17:44:00 +0200
Opera GX has been downloaded over 1 million times by now. (Source: Opera)

The Opera GX browser attracts over 1 million downloads

GX is a version of the Opera browser specificially designed with gaming in mind. It has been available as an early-access build since June 2019, and has proved so popular that it has accrued over 1 million downloads to date. Opera...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 14 Sep 2019 14:47:00 +0200
The LG G Pad 5. (Source: XDA-Developers)

Rather surprisingly, LG's upcoming G Pad 5 tablet will be powered by the three-year-old Snapdragon 821

Android tablets are a dying breed and LG is doing its best to beat that fact into our heads. The South Korean company is apparently set to release a new tablet, the G Pad 5. It will feature a 10.1-inch display, LTE support, and ra...
Ricci Rox, Sat, 14 Sep 2019 10:19:00 +0200
The Surface Pro 6 was released in October 2018. (Image source: Microsoft)

Configuration details for Microsoft Surface Pro 7 leak out

Some details of Microsoft’s upcoming Surface Pro 7 have apparently been leaked with five different configurations being mentioned. It seems the entry-level Surface Pro 7 will feature an Intel Core i3 processor while the top-end de...
Daniel R Deakin, Fri, 13 Sep 2019 23:42:00 +0200
The new Chuwi UBook Pro is getting a larger 12.3-inch screen. (Source: Chuwi)

Chuwi to refresh its UBook 2-in-1 tablet with Intel Amber Lake CPUs

Users who pre-ordered the UBook launched in early 2019 were not really impressed with the outdated CPU and have been requesting an upgrade to a newer model. Chewi listened and is now preparing to launch the UBook Pro powered by th...
Bogdan Solca, Thu, 12 Sep 2019 16:46:00 +0200
The seventh-generation 2019 iPad costs from US$329. (Image source: Apple)

Apple's 2019 iPad: The seventh-generation tablet goes large

Apple has now unveiled the latest addition to its iPad lineup in the shape of the seventh-generation iPad. The new tablet has increased in size from its 2018 predecessor, growing from 9.7 inches to 10.2 inches. The device is curre...
Daniel R Deakin, Thu, 12 Sep 2019 00:48:00 +0200
Apple Arcade goes live on November 1, 2019. (Source: Apple)

Apple's TV+ and Arcade titles, formats and pricing structures are outlined in full

The latest Apple keynote introduced the new iPhones and iPad, yet did not stop there. It also outlined the company's new gaming- and TV-streaming services in detail. They will both go live in November 2019, cost US$4.99 per month ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 11 Sep 2019 21:13:00 +0200
Fastest mobile SoC? We'll find out in a few days. (Source: The Verge)

A closer look at the A13 Bionic SoC powering Apple's new iPhone 11 models

The new A13 Bionic is still a hexa-core CPU chip, but, thanks to TSMC's latest 7 nm EUV manufacturing process, this SoC now integrates 8.5 billion transistors. It also features a new quad-core GPU plus an octa-core NPU, and all of...
Bogdan Solca, Wed, 11 Sep 2019 16:30:00 +0200
The Surface Pro 7 is expected to introduce new design elements. (Source: Microsoft)

Microsoft's upcoming Ice-Lake-powered Surface device allegedly spotted on Geekbench

It looks like the first next gen Surface model was already tested back in June, but the results were spotted only recently. According to the Geekbench report, the upcoming Surface is powered by an Intel Ice Lake i5-1035G1 quad-cor...
Bogdan Solca, Wed, 11 Sep 2019 15:54:00 +0200
Apple claims its new products are 'all-new' -- they aren't. (Source: Apple)

Opinion: Sorry Apple, your 'new' products are not 'all-new'

Apple and its market machine is in full spin mode following the launch of the iPhone 11 range along with the Watch Series 5 and 10.2-inch iPad. Yes, it is true these devices are new. However, I take exception to Apple labeling the...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Wed, 11 Sep 2019 13:58:00 +0200
The Pantone-validated 4K touchscreen works with Wacom's magnetic rechargeable stylus. (Source: Acer)

IFA 2019 | Acer showcases ConceptD 9 Pro convertible workstation

The ConceptD 9 Pro is using the same chassis as the Predator Triton 900, but comes tailor-made for demanding CG artists with Nvidia's RTX Quadro 5000 GPUs and a Wacom ERM stylus. It also packs gen 9 i9 octa-core CPUs coupled with ...
Bogdan Solca, Tue, 10 Sep 2019 16:41:00 +0200
The Galaxy Fold is highly sought after by tech early adopters. (Source: Samsung)

Galaxy Fold sells out in Korea 24 hours after going on sale

Samsung’s Galaxy Fold has already sold out in its home market of Korea just a day after its launch. Admittedly, only around 2,500 units were on sale of the bleeding edge device but it shows that early adopters are keen to try out ...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Sun, 08 Sep 2019 05:43:00 +0200
The GPD handheld comes with two detachable controllers. (Image source: Baidu)

GPD channels Nintendo for unnamed console that borrows heavily from the Switch

Some images of a potential GPD prototype device have been leaked onto Baidu, showing something that is not entirely dissimilar to the Nintendo Switch. GPD has become renowned for its innovation in the gaming device field, and it c...
Daniel R Deakin, Sat, 07 Sep 2019 02:59:00 +0200
The new JBL Pulse 4 in action. (Source: JBL)

IFA 2019 | JBL introduces the Pulse 4, a 20W portable LED speaker

The JBL Pulse 4 is the latest in a series of portable Bluetooth speakers that also light up as they stream audio. This iteration also has an IPX7 rating and an estimated 12 hours of playback. Its LEDs are controlled by a proprieta...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 07 Sep 2019 00:05:00 +0200
The new Arun power station. (Source: IFA International)

IFA 2019 | The new Arun power station has both USB and AC outputs to charge a laptop at up to 100W

The charging accessory brand Arun has a new travel product that can charge both mobile devices and full notebooks. This "power station" has variants with 22000mAh or 30000mAh capacities, both of which has a full AC outlet, as well...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 06 Sep 2019 20:23:00 +0200
The QTM527 mmWave antenna module. (Source: Qualcomm)

IFA 2019 | Qualcomm unveils the new QTM527 mmWave antenna module for the Snapdragon X55 modem

Qualcomm has introduced its latest "add-on" for its 2nd-generation 5G modem, the Snapdragon X55. The QTM527 is an antenna that confers mmWave reception on the chipset. It is intended to enable the X55 to handle fiber-level connect...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 06 Sep 2019 18:38:00 +0200
The long-awaited Samsung Galaxy Fold has officially been re-launched and will be in user hands by the end of the week. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung Galaxy Fold officially launches in Korea, due this Friday

The wait is over. Samsung has officially launched the Galaxy Fold in its home market of Korea. Locals will get the Fold in a 5G variant with 512 GB of storage on board while other markets will also get the 5G option or a 4G LTE ve...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Thu, 05 Sep 2019 11:23:00 +0200
Huawei may increase its share of the Chinese market to 50% in 2020. (Source: CNBC)

Huawei is now projected to gain as much as half the Chinese mobile device market in 2020

The respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo now estimates that Huawei could seize up to 50% of its domestic market next year. However, he also believes that the OEM will now miss a previous projection of 260 million units shipped this year...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 04 Sep 2019 23:39:00 +0200
The reversible Type-C connector will be used for the new USB4 standard. (Source: Notebookcheck)

USB4 spec finalized, brings Thunderbolt 3 compatibility and speeds up to 40 Gbps

The USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) has finalized the specification for USB4. A few things are different this time around including the way the it named, as well as its support for another standard in the form of Thunderbolt 3.
Sanjiv Sathiah, Wed, 04 Sep 2019 13:35:00 +0200
Facebook may be experimenting with like-hiding. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Facebook may have a like-hiding feature in the works

Instagram recently rolled out a new option in which the like (or reaction) count of a given post could be concealed from any user but the creator in question. Now, an analysis of new code in the Facebook app for Android indicates ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 03 Sep 2019 19:22:00 +0200
A small change with a big impact: Notebookcheck ratings v7 update

Report: Notebookcheck ratings v7 update launched

The development of laptops, smartphones, and tablets continues at a steady, albeit now slightly slower, pace. We last updated our review metrics in fall 2016, so enough time has now passed to revise these once again. From now on, we will be switching to an adjusted set of weightings, which is the seventh revision since we started Notebookcheck well over a decade ago. Read on to find out what changes v7 brings.
J. Simon Leitner, Tue, 03 Sep 2019 18:18:00 +0200
The 11-inch Lenovo Chromebook S340. (Source: Lenovo)

IFA 2019: Lenovo rolls out new C340 Chromebook in an 11-inch and 15-inch variants

As part of Lenovo’s pre-IFA 2019 Berlin announcements includes a new Chromebook S340. The device comes in two variants, a compact 11-inch version and a larger 15-inch model
Sanjiv Sathiah, Sat, 31 Aug 2019 06:51:00 +0200
A render that may correspond to this upcoming tablet. (Source: BGR India)

A new mid-range Samsung tablet gains Wi-Fi Alliance certification

Samsung has sent a new device to the Wi-Fi Alliance for certification. However, this document does not confirm much about this device, save that it is a tablet with the model number SM-T545. The same number has cropped up in a Gee...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 30 Aug 2019 23:53:00 +0200
The new Surface Pro 7 may feature LTE as standard. (Image source: Microsoft)

Surface Pro 7: All variants to come with LTE as standard?

LTE as standard across all Surface Pro 7 SKUs? That is the latest rumour, with Intel and Qualcomm variants apparently being "always connected". The Surface Pro 7 looks set to disappoint those who were hoping that Thunderbolt 3 wou...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 30 Aug 2019 17:06:00 +0200
Microsoft's October 2 press event teaser. (Source: Microsoft)

New Surface hardware to be unveiled October 2

Microsoft is set to unveil the latest version of its Surface device line up on October 2 in NYC. Among the devices likely to make an appearance are a Surface Laptop 3, Surface Pro 7, Surface Book 3 and potential updates to the Sur...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Wed, 28 Aug 2019 08:26:00 +0200
You can pick up four months of YouTube Premium with your Tab S6 pre-order. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 goes up for pre-order with free 4 month YouTube Premium sub

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S6 Android tablet is up for pre-order in the US with some pre-order bonuses. These include four months of YouTube Premium as well as 50 percent off the keyboard cover if purchased at the same time.
Sanjiv Sathiah, Mon, 26 Aug 2019 10:39:00 +0200
Google Pay has gone dark. (Source: Google)

Google Pay gets dark mode in new update

Google's Pay app has a new update with a dark mode. This means it joins a group of additional Android services that have this new feature. The trend is being adopted in preparation for the next major upgrade for this mobile OS.
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 25 Aug 2019 17:50:00 +0200
Password Leak Detection is a feature of Chrome 78. (Source: Google)

Chrome may soon be able to alert the user if their passwords have been stolen

Password Leak Detection is an experimental feature in Chrome 78. It checks a given password against public databases of data breaches, in case of its use in a known security incident. Should this test prove positive, Chrome then o...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 24 Aug 2019 19:36:00 +0200
This Redmi poster is also speculated to be a MIUI 11 teaser. (Source: Redmi)

Xiaomi may switch to MIUI 11 betas at end of August 2019

International betas of MIUI may have been terminated, but they are still going for Chinese users. Xiaomi has informed them that the last such preview build based on Android Pie (9.0) will be released on August 30, 2019. This sugge...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 23 Aug 2019 23:39:00 +0200
Qualcomm partners with OEMs for mobile data solutions. (Source: Qualcomm)

Qualcomm forges a new 3G/4G/5G patent license agreement with LG

LG Electronics (LGE) has formulated a new worldwide patent license to make single- or multi-mode devices that use 3G, 4G/LTE, 5G or all of these. Under this new agreement, LG can now develop and sell these components based on the ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 22 Aug 2019 20:18:00 +0200
This is Android Q's official name. (Source: Google)

No sweets for Q: Google announces new naming scheme for future Android upgrades

Google has announced that the next major update for its mobile OS will be...Android 10. Simply Android 10. The "dessert" theme that has been in effect for the last decade is, therefore, no more, as the brand's styling goes in a di...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 22 Aug 2019 17:05:00 +0200
YouTube Music can now be used from within Waze. (Source: Google)

Waze adds YouTube Music integration to its Android/iOS app

The popular navigation aid Waze has had the ability to control the audio from several music streaming apps for some time. YouTube Music is the latest example of these. Users who subscribe to the Premium version of this service can...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 21 Aug 2019 22:49:00 +0200
Image via Twitter user @yosy1692

Apple accidentally rolls back security patch in iOS 12.4 update, making jailbreaking possible

An oversight by Apple caused an old security bug to be reintroduced with iOS 12.4. While the bug had been patched in iOS 12.3, the exploit is present in the latest operating system from Apple and can be used for jailbreaking on co...
Sam Medley, Tue, 20 Aug 2019 22:46:00 +0200
The GST Gemini is basically a combo of two tablets that attach magnetically one to another. (Source: GST)

GST crowdfunds Gemini dual-touchscreen notebook

The GST Gemini is currently in production and is scheduled to ship into Indiegogo backers in March 2020. There are regular, as well as Pro versions with 13 and 15-inch sizes. The regular versions are powered by Intel's Core i5-835...
Bogdan Solca, Tue, 20 Aug 2019 14:49:00 +0200
Tiger Lake will be Intel's first 10 nm U series processors. (Image source: FrAndroid)

Intel Tiger Lake U processor annihilates the Core i7-8665U and Ryzen 7 3700U in UserBenchmark, scores up to 13% more than the Core i9-9980HK in the process

Tiger Lake U is not expected to arrive until Q2 2021 at the earliest, but two listings have already appeared on UserBenchmark, and they put the current crop of mobile processors to shame. Tiger Lake U is likely to be Intel's first...
Alex Alderson, Tue, 20 Aug 2019 13:06:00 +0200
Google Play Books now has Beta Features. (Source: Google)

Google Play Books' first beta includes a Custom Shelf setting

For the first time in history, Google has prepared a beta for Play Books. One of its first additions is the option to create Custom Shelves. This, according to lead engineer Dan Kimberg, is a hotly-requested feature for this app.
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 17 Aug 2019 18:56:00 +0200
Microsoft's Surface Pro 6 and Surface Book 2 devices are suffering from severe CPU throttling. (Source: Microsoft)

Microsoft aware of severe throttling issue affecting Surface Pro 6 and Surface Book 2 that leaves devices locked at just 400 MHz

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 6 and Surface Book 2 models are suffering from severe throttling problems. The company is said to be aware of the issue and is preparing a firmware update to address the problem.
Sanjiv Sathiah, Fri, 16 Aug 2019 12:42:00 +0200
These products also include new Huawei or Honor speakers. (Source: Huawei)

Huawei and Honor certify a bumper crop of new devices and accessories

Huawei and Honor have gone to the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) to register an impressive number of new wireless products. These certifications, which have all been granted today (August 15, 2019) cover obvious candidates...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 15 Aug 2019 19:08:00 +0200
The kickstand doubles as a handle for easy transportation. (Source: CutiePi.io)

CutiePi Raspberry Pi tablet to launch in late 2019

The tablet integrates an 8-inch touchscreen and is powered by a Compute Model 3 Lite carrier board coupled with 1 GB of RAM. It runs on a version of Raspbian specifically customized for touchscreen use and supports PIXEL apps thro...
Bogdan Solca, Thu, 15 Aug 2019 15:35:00 +0200
Yahoo will reportedly sell Tumblr to Automattic Inc. (Source: Tumblr)

Tumblr is to be sold to the makers of WordPress

Tumblr is a blogging platform that has been part of Yahoo (or Oath, as it is now) since 2013. However, the parent company in this case - Verizon - has reportedly been trying to palm it off for some time. It has now successfully fo...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 14 Aug 2019 19:08:00 +0200
Live View superimposes AR directions on your phone screen. (Source: Google)

Google Maps AR navigation to hit non-Pixel phones soon

AR-assisted navigation is one of the most interesting - and possibly useful - aspects of the Google Maps app to be unveiled in recent years. Unfortunately, it was also introduced as a Pixel exclusive. Now, however, it may be avail...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 10 Aug 2019 21:07:00 +0200
A render based on the putative LG patent. (Source: LetsGoDigital)

LG may have patented a double-folding phone that is also portless

LG has allegedly patented a next-generation phone design in which the device in question has 3 separate segments that fold into a more conventional brick-like form factor. This is not completely unheard of; however, this patent al...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 10 Aug 2019 15:56:00 +0200
The AI-powered YI Home Camera 3. (Source: YI)

The latest YI home security camera has AI for smarter, more selective user alerts

The YI Home Camera 3 is an AI-powered security camera. It notifies the user about possible intrusions - however, it solves the problem of potentially indiscriminate, unnecessary messages by using its new software to judge which on...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 09 Aug 2019 18:57:00 +0200
Fanmade renders of a foldable iPhone. (Source: InsanerTech)

Analysts say foldable iPhones are in the works, but would not launch before 2021

Previously rumored to release some time in 2020, the foldable iPhones may not even be the first foldable devices to be released by Apple. According to a new UBS market analysis, Apple may first release folding iPads in 2021, and i...
Bogdan Solca, Thu, 08 Aug 2019 15:18:00 +0200

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