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Some private WhatsApp group invite links may be searchable. (Source: WhatsApp)

App researchers report that WhatsApp group invites are searchable online

WhatsApp sets a lot of store by the privacy in messaging it supposedly offers. However, allegations that links that invite new users to private groups are searchable online have recently emerged. This is due to the fact Google has...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 23 Feb 2020 23:14:00 +0100
The ARM-based Galaxy Book S and Surface Pro X prove to make excellent competition for Apple's popular MacBook Air. (Source: Notebookcheck)

MacBook Air finishes last against Galaxy Book S, Surface Pro X in app benchmark

Apple’s Intel-powered MacBook Air has finished last behind both the Samsung Galaxy Book S and the Microsoft Surface Pro X in the PC March application benchmark. The test is meant to give users an insight into the real-world performance of a device when running Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Edge browsers.
Sanjiv Sathiah, Sun, 23 Feb 2020 02:59:00 +0100
The Eve V is going on sale for the last time. (Source: Eve Devices)

Eve V: a final sale event has been announced for this "Surface alternative"

Eve will launch its "last chance" to buy its first crowd-designed tablet, the V, soon. The company will sell the core i7, 16GB RAM variant of this product at less than US$800 on this date. However, the actual delivery of the same ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 22 Feb 2020 17:31:00 +0100
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Review: An i7 Upgrade with Extra GPU Performance

88% Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Review: An i7 Upgrade with Extra GPU Performance

Graphics boost. The Surface Pro 7 features the best of what Microsoft has to offer. However, the Core i7 CPU might not be worth its price premium under all circumstances. In this particular case more CPU power also means more GPU power.
Intel Core i7-1065G7 | Intel Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU) | 12.3" | 790 g
Nino Ricchizzi, Fri, 21 Feb 2020 23:42:00 +0100
Samsung's new VI line in South Korea. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung's most advanced factory is up and running

Samsung's newest production line is unique among the OEM's fabricators in that it is dedicated to the extreme UV lithography (EUV) process. This means that it is capable of making chipsets of the up-to-date 7-nanometer (nm) variet...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 21 Feb 2020 23:14:00 +0100
A new mid-range tablet from Samsung is on the way, and it is called the Galaxy Tab A 8.4. (Image source: Android Headlines)

Samsung to launch mid-range Android tablet Galaxy Tab A 8.4 (2020)

Samsung will continue to launch new Android tablets in 2020, being one of the few Android OEMs to do so. The South Korean's next foray will seemingly be the Galaxy Tab A 8.4 (2020), a midrange tablet that comes with an Exynos 7904...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 21 Feb 2020 20:14:00 +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, 21 Feb 2020 17:19:56 +0100
The Android 11 preview has appeared. (Source: Google)

Google releases the first Android 11 Developer Preview

Google has made the Developer Preview page for the next version of Android live. This build is now available to download onto certain devices, Pixel phones included. It exhibits changes such as new security measures, privacy safeg...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 19 Feb 2020 23:33:00 +0100
Pokemon GO's anti-cheating features have reportedly turned on TWRP. (Source: XDA)

Pokemon GO reportedly blocks players using Android custom recovery or backup methods

Team Win Recovery Project (TWRP) is a popular alternative recovery used by those who like to root and modify their Androids. A new thread on Reddit asserts that Pokemon GO will not work if it detects signs of it in a device's stor...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 19 Feb 2020 20:23:00 +0100
Apple could be releasing an iPad Pro with three cameras soon. (Image via Apple w/ edits)

Rumor | Apple may release new iPad Pro model in March

Apple may release a revamped version of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. According to Digitimes, Apple will launch an iPad Pro 12.9 with a triple camera array similar to that found on the iPhone 11 Pro next month, though shipments won't pe...
Sam Medley, Wed, 19 Feb 2020 04:50:00 +0100
The Redemption ANCs and their charging case. (Source: House of Marley)

House of Marley launches its first ANC pair of TWS earbuds

House of Marley has released its second-gen TWS earbuds, called the Redemption ANCs. Unlike their predecessors, they resemble Apple AirPods, albeit ones finished in sustainable bamboo. They also have a 4-mic system for voice calls...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 18 Feb 2020 20:29:00 +0100
Microsoft's new mobile app icon. (Source: Google Play Store)

Microsoft consolidates multiple services into its new Office for Android app

Microsoft has restructured its apps for the Android platform, mainly by combining all of them into one. It is now called Office on the Play Store, and allows access to OneDrive as well as Word, PowerPoint and Excel. However, it is...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 18 Feb 2020 19:57:00 +0100
The Microsoft Surface Book 2 was released in 2017. (Image source: Microsoft)

Microsoft Surface Book 3 and Surface Go 2 key specifications and price estimates revealed

Some specifications for the upcoming Microsoft Surface Book 3 and Microsoft Surface Go 2 have been leaked online. The Surface Book 3 convertible can expect to sport 10th Gen Intel processors and GPUs from Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 16 s...
Daniel R Deakin, Tue, 18 Feb 2020 06:13:00 +0100
The ViewSonic M1 Mini LED Pocket Projector. (Source: ViewSonic)

ViewSonic wins a 2020 IF Design Award for its latest mini projector

The ViewSonic M1 Mini LED Pocket Projector has won one of the IF Design Awards for 2020. It has been conferred due to its innovative and functional stand, which also doubles as a lens-protector when not in use. It also packs a bat...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 17 Feb 2020 23:28:00 +0100
The imaging sensor market may remain healthy until 2026. (Source: ResearchGate)

The image sensor market will be worth nearly US$30 billion by 2026

Imaging sensors are used in a huge variety of electronics, which include digital cameras and smartphones. Their market was worth US$15.93 billion in 2018, but is now projected to be worth $29.99 billion in 6 years. This is thought...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 16 Feb 2020 23:01:00 +0100
The Aria SONG X earbuds. (Source: Indiegogo)

SONG X: possibly the most unique TWS earbuds on Indiegogo

A company called Aria has put its new true-wireless (or TWS) earbuds up for crowdfunding on Indiegogo. This isn't hugely unusual these days - however, these SONG X products distinguish themselves with an innovative "Star Ring" cha...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 15 Feb 2020 20:22:00 +0100
Microsoft Surface Pro X is fitted with the SQ1, the Galaxy Fold with the Snapdragon 855 and the Galaxy Book S with the Snapdragon 8cx. (Source: Notebookcheck)

What makes the Snapdragon 8cx and Microsoft SQ1 PC-optimized compared to the Snapdragon 855?

All the talk and expectation around mobile silicon from Qualcomm this year is understandably focused on its beastly Snapdragon 865. However, there are to relatively new PCs on the market that are running PC-optimized versions of t...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Sat, 15 Feb 2020 06:12:00 +0100
Live Caption is showcased at Galaxy Unpacked 2020. (Source: YouTube)

Google could bring Live Captions to Chrome soon

The recent Samsung Galaxy S20 launch event also served to unveil the addition of the Live Caption feature to Google, in which video-call speech is converted into text in real time. Now, there is evidence that this function is also...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 13 Feb 2020 21:50:00 +0100
The Galaxy Z Flip. (Source: Samsung)

The Galaxy Z Flip is only the tip of the fold-berg at Samsung, but it's not consumer-ready yet

Roh Tae-moon, the president of Mobile at Samsung, has claimed that the OEM has developed devices with "even more" hinges than the new Galaxy Z Flip. However, these multi-folding phones are apparently not ready for prime-time yet. ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 13 Feb 2020 21:19:00 +0100
Are 5G and A14X Bionic iPad Pros arriving this year? (Image source: @iGeeksBlog & @OnLeaks)

Rumour | Apple to release 5G and A14X Bionic-powered iPad Pros this year

Is Apple planning 5G and A14X Bionic iPad Pros this year? Well, that is the current speculation, at any rate. The rumour may well be wide of the mark, though.
Alex Alderson, Thu, 13 Feb 2020 20:15:00 +0100
This latest rumour does away with Apple's fifteen-month release cycle. (Image source: @iGeeksBlog & @OnLeaks)

Rumour | Apple delays next iPad Pro 2020 series until Q3 2020

At the turn of the year, rumours and renders appeared online of Apple's iPad Pro 2020 series. Slated for a March release, Apple appeared to have made only minor changes from the iPad Pro 11 and iPad Pro 12.9 that it released in 20...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 13 Feb 2020 19:51:00 +0100
WhatsApp has over 2 billion users. (Source: WhatsApp)

WhatsApp announces it has over 2 billion users now

The popular online messaging service WhatsApp has reported that it has passed an important milestone: 2 billion users. It emphasized its simple, convenient and private interface in its statement on this matter. Furthermore, it ass...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 12 Feb 2020 20:30:00 +0100
A look at the potential design of the Eve V2. (Image source: Eve via Tom's Hardware)

Eve announces Tiger Lake-powered Eve V successor amid continued claims of historic Eve-tech unfulfilled orders

Eve, or rather Eve Distribution as it has been called since late last year, has announced its next 2-in-1. Called Version 2.0 for the time being, the company is promising to deliver a Tiger Lake-powered 2-in-1 that will improve up...
Alex Alderson, Tue, 11 Feb 2020 14:14:00 +0100
WhatsApp Pay has approval to operate in India. (Source: WhatsApp)

WhatsApp acquires the OK to support payments in India

WhatsApp has secured approval to roll out a new facet of its service in India. It is a new payment platform that has just been approved by the relevant authories. This may help the Facebook-owned app compete effectively with other...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 10 Feb 2020 19:52:00 +0100
The Flash wants to be all power banks to all users. (Source: Indiegogo)

The Flash power bank promises 100W USB type C charging, and just about everything else as well

Chargeasap, the company responsible for the Infinity Cable, has introduced another new product via Indiegogo. The Flash power bank is described as based on Tesla graphene-battery technology, which allows it to fill up at a maximal...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 07 Feb 2020 22:37:00 +0100
Qualcomm reports its 1Q2020 earnings. Source: Qualcomm

Qualcomm announces its first-quarter earnings for 2020

Qualcomm has released its first earnings report for the year 2020. The quarter (1Q2020) saw no less than US$5.1 billion in revenue for the chipmaking giant. This is a 5% improvement compared to 1Q2019. In addition, the company's l...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 06 Feb 2020 17:55:00 +0100
Ntablet: A tablet that comes with an interchangeable processor and that should also appeal to Raspberry Pi hobbyists. (Image source: Ntablet)

Ntablet: A tablet that comes with an interchangeable processor and that should also appeal to Raspberry Pi hobbyists

Ntablet has announced its eponymous open-source tablet, a device that supports Android and Linux. The Ntablet can be connected to external sensors and actuators, while it even has a replaceable processor.
Alex Alderson, Tue, 04 Feb 2020 23:34:00 +0100
Flash memory has a new JEDEC standard. (Source: Wikipedia)

UFS 3.1 is now official: more speed for less power in potential future devices

The JEDEC solid-state assocation has unveiled UFS 3.1, the immediate successor for the memory standard found in some of the most premium smartphones out today. The organization asserts that it will build on its last generation in ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 01 Feb 2020 19:25:00 +0100
The HyperJuice GaN charger. (Source: HYPER)

The HyperJuice is the "world's first" 100W USB type C charger with GaN

HYPER has put its new charger up for crowdfunding on Indiegogo. Despite packing a maximum rate of 100 watts (W), it is described as even smaller than the MacBook Pro brick with the same kind of port. This is due to its gallium nit...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 01 Feb 2020 18:43:00 +0100
The EU may ultimately prove the death of the Lightning connector. (Source: Wikipedia)

Update | The EU will force Apple to drop the Lightning port within its jurisdiction

The European Parliament has announced that it will hold a vote on a motion to write its 2014 Radio Equipment Directive into law. This would probably result in an obligation for mobile device OEMs to fit all products to be sold in ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 01 Feb 2020 18:08:00 +0100
The Brand Finance Global 500 2020 report shows that tech makes up the greatest value. (Source: Brand Finance)

The tech market is found to have some of the most valuable brands on Earth in 2020

The UK company Brand Finance releases a yearly report on the top 500 most valuable brands. Its 2020 edition concludes that the tech sector is the most valuable, with a combined worth of nearly US$967 billion. 5 of its brands, incl...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 31 Jan 2020 20:01:00 +0100
Intel is trying its hand at outward-folding designs. (Image Source: LetsGoDigital)

New Intel foldable phone patent comes to light

This is the second foldable smartphone patent filed by Intel, showing that the company has taken a more serious interest in mobile devices. Unlike the first concept released last year, this one has only an outward-folding display,...
Bogdan Solca, Fri, 31 Jan 2020 18:03:00 +0100
The Surface Go is almost eighteen months old now. (Image source: Microsoft)

Rumour | Microsoft Surface Go 2 appears on 3DMark powered by an Intel Core m3-8100Y with an LTE option

Another Surface product that could be receiving a refresh this year is the Surface Go, according to another round of 3DMark listings. The Surface Go 2 with an Intel Core m3-8100Y processor would offer a decent performance boost ov...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 31 Jan 2020 13:59:00 +0100
There may be new Tremont-based chipsets on the way. (Source: Intel)

GitHub hints at new Intel Tremont-based micro-server and mobile chipsets

What is Jasper Lake? This has been a valid question since a leak referenced it alongside Rocket Lake in July 2019. Now, new evidence suggests that it is a mobile SoC based on the new Tremont microarchitecture. The same also nods t...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 30 Jan 2020 18:33:00 +0100
The iPhone SE 2 will look dated, but will have fresh silicon inside. (Source: @OnLeaks & @iGeeksblog)

Ming-Chi Kuo: Expect an avalanche of new Apple gear in 1H20

Well-connected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has issued his latest research note on Apple’s 2020 product pipeline for TF International Securities and Apple fans are in for a treat if Kuo’s predictions materialize. Among new products ...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Thu, 30 Jan 2020 05:24:00 +0100
The Quick-E is a disposable 2000 mAh battery bank for just $2.49 (Source: Image source: Quick-E)

Traveling and forgot your charger? The Quick-E is a disposable 2000 mAh battery bank for just $2.49

If you're running out of juice and don't have a charger nearby, welcome to the club. The Quick-E charger is a small and environmentally friendly one-time use battery bank with a pre-paid postage stamp for buyers to return once the...
Allen Ngo, Thu, 30 Jan 2020 01:33:00 +0100
Chuwi Hi10 X: An affordable 2-in-1 trying to take on the Surface Pro for US$200 (Image source: Chuwi)

Chuwi Hi10 X: An affordable 2-in-1 trying to take on the Surface Pro for US$200

Chuwi has launched its latest 2-in1 tablet, the Hi10 X. The tablet is aiming to tempt people in with its affordable pricing and its metal unibody design, along with dual USB Type-C ports and a detachable keyboard dock.
Alex Alderson, Wed, 29 Jan 2020 20:50:00 +0100
Lakefield features hybrid CPU architecture. (Image source: Intel)

Intel Core i5-L16G7 turns up on UserBenchmark: Efficient 5-core Lakefield processor for ultraportable devices

A Lakefield chip from Intel has been discovered in UserBenchmark’s database. The processor is named as the Intel Core i5-L16G7. The benchmark entry reveals that the chip has 5 cores and 5 threads, and it offers a base clock of 1.4...
Daniel R Deakin, Wed, 29 Jan 2020 04:29:00 +0100
The Skyle with an iPad Pro installed. (Source: Inclusive Technology)

Control your iPad Pro 12.9 via eye-tracking alone with this new accessory

Inclusive Technology has debuted the Skyle, a housing for the larger iPad Pro 2018 variant that allows this tablet to be operated using eye-movements alone. It can allow certain users to access the App Store independently for the ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 28 Jan 2020 22:21:00 +0100
The TV is still the most popular platform for videos. (Source: Philips)

The TV is still the preferred device for content consumption: new report

Today, the world seems filled with screens of high enough resolutions to consume the content they can show regardless of their size or portability. However, a new report shows that TVs have still managed to retain the greatest sha...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 27 Jan 2020 19:48:00 +0100
According to a new rumor, every phone that can run iOS 13 will be able to run iOS 14. (Image via Apple)

Rumor claims iOS 14 will still support iPhone SE, iPhone 6S

A new rumor from French website iPhonesoft claims that iOS 14 will be compatible with the iPhone 6S, 6S Plus, and original iPhone SE. However, the upcoming version of iPadOS will supposedly drop support for the iPad Air 2 and iPad...
Sam Medley, Sun, 26 Jan 2020 22:57:00 +0100
Ultra-short videos have returned to the mobile device world. (Source: Byte)

Vine regenerates as Byte, a new 6-second video app

Byte has emerged from beta onto the Play Store and the App Store. It, much like its predecessor Vine, allows the user to make videos of 6 seconds in length. Both apps also have a creator in common, who hopes to bring a form of rev...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 26 Jan 2020 22:03:00 +0100
The HyperDisk can fit on a credit card. (Source: ChargeLabs)

Meet the HyperDisk: the "smallest and fastest portable SSD" on Indiegogo

ChargeLabs has designed the HyperDisk to be a tiny external drive housing super-fast memory. This OEM claims that it has read-speeds of up to 960 megabytes per second (MB/s) and write-speeds of 920MB/s. It comes in 512GB, 1TB and ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 26 Jan 2020 17:35:00 +0100
A true successor to the Galaxy Fold is rumored for a Q2 2020 launch. (Source: Samsung)

True Galaxy Fold successor to arrive Q2 with a perfect looking set of upgrades

Samsung will indeed launch a follow up device to its controversial Galaxy Fold. Although some are referring to the Galaxy Z Flip as the ‘Galaxy Fold 2’, the device described by XDA’s Max Weinbach will indeed be a proper successor ...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Sat, 25 Jan 2020 02:06:00 +0100
Will the rumored iPad Pro keyboard redesign look more like a Brydge keyboard? (Source: Brydge)

Next iPad Pro keyboard could feature scissor-switches and backlighting

Taiwanese publication Digitimes is reporting that Apple is developing a new keyboard for its iPad Pro line that will use a traditional scissor switch mechanism like the new 16-inch MacBook Pro. For the first time, Apple’s first-pa...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Thu, 23 Jan 2020 11:00:00 +0100
Google's new Activity Bubbles tool. (Source: Google)

Spend too much time on your phone? Google has new apps to fix that

Phone addiction or dependency is becoming an increasingly prevalent problem in the developed world. Google has set up its Creative Lab for users who want to address this. Its latest experiments consist of 3 apps which may act as d...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 21 Jan 2020 22:29:00 +0100
Huawei Mate X is not as reliable as expected according to users

Post-release failure: The Huawei Mate X turns out to be just as bad as the Galaxy Fold

After selling more than 100,000 Mate X units, Huawei is already headed towards the release of its second iteration. Sadly, the display of this innovative piece of technology seems to be just as frail as that of its main competitor...
Codrut Nistor, Mon, 20 Jan 2020 15:22:00 +0100
WhatsApp will not display ads any time soon. (Source: WhatsApp)

Facebook abandons its "Ads for WhatsApp" plan

Facebook has encountered serious opposition to its intentions to use WhatsApp for ad revenue-building purposes. Now, a new report has indicated that the social media giant has ultimately dropped its efforts to achieve this aim, wh...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 17 Jan 2020 23:09:00 +0100
The Huawei Mate 30 5G variants. (Source: Huawei)

Huawei insists it did better in the 5G phone market than Samsung in 2019

Huawei has released its performance for 2019 to the Chinese media. It claims it shipped approximately 240 million units in total that year, 6.9 million of which had 5G. For context, Samsung has announced that it shipped about 6.7 ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 17 Jan 2020 20:28:00 +0100
PC shipments are up, but only by a small percentage. (Image Source: BusinessKorea)

2019 PC shipments were surprisingly up for the first time in 7 years

PC shipments increased by a small percentage in 2019 and this is mostly due to Microsoft discontinuing support for the venerable Windows 7 OS. 261 to 267 million PC system shipping throughout 2019 are nothing to scoff at, but thes...
Bogdan Solca, Thu, 16 Jan 2020 16:09:00 +0100

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