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Samsung Galaxy S9 unofficial render (Source: DBS DESIGNING TEAM)

Purported Galaxy S9 benchmark scores are no match for the iPhone X

Benchmarks of a purported Samsung Galaxy S9 model have surfaced on Geekbench. While the scores show it to be one of the fastest Android flagships, it still is miles behind the iPhone X.
Apple HomePod smart speaker delayed until early 2018

Apple's HomePod smart speaker delayed until 2018

Unveiled back in June, the Apple HomePod smart speaker was expected to hit the market in December. Unfortunately, Apple has confirmed that this Siri-powered accessory will start shipping in early 2018.
Lineage 2: Revolution now available via Google Play and Apple's App Store

Lineage 2: Revolution hits Europe and North America

Lineage 2: Revolution has been available in South Korea, Japan, and China since early 2017, and today it finally hits North America and Europe. The game is available for both iOS and Android.
The Redmi Note 5A was launched a few months ago but no one actually cares about it.

Redmi Note 5 listed online

The Redmi Note 5 has been listed on JD.com, which may be a sign that we're set to get the mid-range killers in the coming weeks. Details of the device are unknown at the moment but we expect to see either the Snapdragon 630 or 636 on it, which would make for a delightful package, especially at the prices touted.
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Apple iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy Note 8

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is faster than Apple's iPhone X

The tests conducted by the popular YouTube channel PhoneBuff revealed that the iPhone X and the Galaxy Note 8 are very close in terms of performance, but Samsung's flagship managed to win thanks to its strong multitasking capabilities.
The 7nm A11X Bionic could feature in the next gen iPad. (Source: Mydrivers.com)

Rumor | iPads in 2018 could be based on the 7nm Apple A11X Bionic octa-core CPU

Apple will be reportedly using the A11X Bionic CPU in the next generation iPads, which is an octa-core CPU based off TSMCs 7nm fabrication process.
Delays in the production of the iPhone X hit Foxconn hard. (Source: Apple)

Foxconn profits tumble on the back of iPhone X woes

Apple's manufacturing partner took a lot of of pain due to delays with the mass production of its flagship iPhone X. This, coupled with sluggish sales of the iPhone 8, saw Foxconn's profit for the quarter tumble 39 percent.
Rumors point to three iPhone X-like models from Apple in 2018. (Source: KGI Securities)

Rumors point to three iPhone X-like models in 2018

Apple looks set to notch up no less than three iPhone X-like models in 2018, according to KGI Securities' Ming-Chi Kuo. Two will be high-end AMOLED models while the third will be a mid-range model slotting into the space currently occupied by the iPhone 8.
Still top dogs. (Source: China Daily Europe)

Global smartphone market sees rise in Q3

Average smartphone prices have seen a 7% rise over the course of the last year, and that's undoubtedly a product of the market's growth, with shipments for 2017 expected to total 7.4% more than what we saw in 2016.
The mask that turned Face ID into Farce ID (Source: Bkav Corp on YouTube)

Face ID tricked using a mask

A Vietnamese security firm managed to trick Apple's Face ID into unlocking the new iPhone X with the help of a custom mask that was created for a cost of around US$150. Perfecting the whole process took them about a week.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones under 120 Euros

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones under 120 Euros

November 2017 update. Here you will find the best smartphones under 120 Euros (~$135) reviewed by Notebookcheck over 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 Smartphones under 300 Euros

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones under 300 Euros

November 2017 update. Here you will find the best smartphones under 300 Euros (~$337) reviewed by Notebookcheck over 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 Smartphones (≤5-inch)

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones (≤5-inch)

November 2017 update. Here's a list of the best compact smartphones - with screen sizes of 5-inches or less - we've reviewed in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones

November 2017 update. Here you will find the latest smartphones reviewed by Notebookcheck. Our Top 10 list is regularly updated, maintained and commented on by our editors. This page is intended to help our readers decide which product to purchase.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Tablets

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Tablets

November 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.
Apple's iPhone 8 flagship family gets a new minor iOS update

Apple fixes the autocorrect bug on iPhones and iPads

The bug that came with iOS 11.1 and simply did not allow some users to type "i" by replacing it with "A" and a Unicode symbol has just been fixed by iOS 11.1.1. This update also takes care of an issue with Siri ("Hey Siri" sometimes not working).
SwiftKey gets Photo Themes (Source: SwiftKey)

SwiftKey announces Photo Themes, teams up with a National Geographic contributing photographer

The SwiftKey virtual keyboard app for both Android and iOS has just received Photo Themes, as well as a gallery of nature images to use with this new feature.These shots were taken and curated by Keith Ladzinski, a top photographer who worked for ABC, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic.
Motorola smartphones making a comeback in the U.S. (Source: Strategy Analytics)

Motorola smartphones making a small comeback in the U.S.

The Lenovo-owned telecommunications company has clawed its way back to the list of top 5 largest smartphone manufacturers through outreach and strong sales of the Moto Z2 Play.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Phablets (>5.5-inch)

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Phablets (>5.5-inch)

November 2017 update. Here is a list of the best XL-sized smartphones - with screen sizes of 5.5 inches and greater - we have reviewed in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.
Apple iPhone X smartphone with Face ID technology, Face ID-enabled iPads allegedly coming in 2018

Next year's iPads might feature Face ID

Although the hardware needed to manufacture Face ID-enabled devices is in short supply right now, Apple is expected to speed things up and to add this technology to at least one of the iPad tablets to launch in 2018.
Notebookcheck's Top Windows Alternatives to the MacBook 12 and Air 13

Notebookcheck's Top Windows Alternatives to the MacBook 12 and Air 13

Lighter than Air? Apple shocked the whole industry with the first MacBook Air: We had never seen such a slim and light notebook before. However, in the meantime the other manufacturers have come up with several slim Windows devices that are good alternatives to the current MacBooks. Update November 2017.
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Sonnet eGFX Breakaway Puck. (Source: Sonnet)

Pack a puck: The Sonnet eGFX Breakaway Puck is a portable eGPU solution

Sonnet has released a compact eGPU designed to fit in your bag, ideal for travel, LAN parties, or MacOS High Sierra.
Apple iPhone X premium flagship (Source: Apple)

Apple now leading the US smartphone market

Although Samsung accounted for almost 34 percent of the US market compared to Apple's about 25 percent share in the second quarter of the year, the Cupertino-based company bounced back in the third quarter and gained the lead thanks to Samsung's declining sales during the given time frame.
Apple's iPhone X costs an estimated US$357.50 to manufacturer, resulting in a gross profit margin of 64 percent. This does not include research and development or marketing costs, of course.

Apple's iPhone X may cost even less to produce than previously thought

Recent teardowns estimate that the iPhone X costs even less than previously thought to manufacturer at around US$357.50. While the iPhone 8 has a gross profit margin of 59 percent, the iPhone X's is 64 percent. Apple CEO Tim Cook has responded by stating that Apple's products are being priced at the "value" they are delivering.
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The resulting company after the merger would rival Samsung for most IPs under one roof. (Source: Engadget)

[Update]Broadcom rumored to acquire Qualcomm

Since Qualcomm is known to go through some financial problems with the Apple lawsuit, the company could benefit from a change of management. Broadcom is currently considering to help with that, and Qualcomm's acquisition could result in a more consolidated market.
Image: Apple

IDC analytics point to 3-year decline in tablet sales

Marking the twelfth straight quarter of year-over-year decline, the third quarter of 2017 saw the tablet market slump 5.4%. Despite a bump in sales growth from 4 of the top 5 tablet retailers, the market as a whole continues its downward trend with no end in sight.
Apple has released a video highlighting key UI changes for iPhone X. (Source: Apple)

Apple iPhone X video walks through key UI changes

Apple has released a video outlining all the major UI changes that apply to the iPhone X. Although the new gestures are described by Apple as being "intuitive," the video is actually surprisingly essential viewing.
In spite of all the Qualcomm lawsuits, Apple is doing well and even managed to sell more products. (Source: Apple)

Apple's Q4 2017 earnings turn out better than expected

Revenues cap at US$52.6 billion and Apple managed to sell more iPhones, iPads and Macs compared to Q4 2016. The iPhone 8/X models are expected to increase revenues by as much as US$35 billion for Q1 2018.
Apple may be looking to completely cut Qualcomm components from their products down the line. (Source: iFixit)

Qualcomm alleges Apple shared trade secrets with arch-rival Intel

Qualcomm has filed another suit against Apple, alleging that Apple may have broken their contract and intentionally shared the company's trade-secrets with Intel.
Nearly one in four smartphones shipped have been from Samsung according to IDC (Source: Samsung)

Nearly one in four smartphones shipped have been from Samsung according to IDC

Despite shipping nearly 10 percent more smartphones this year, Samsung revenue dropped QoQ because of a more balanced sales distribution between its entry, mainstream, and flagship offerings.
In spite of all the troubles Qualcomm is going through right now, the Snapdragon SoC sales are going as planned. (Source: Wall Street Journal)

Qualcomm profits down 90%, Snapdragon sales still going strong

The ongoing Apple lawsuit proves to be a thorn in Qualcomm's side. Net income is down from US$1.6 billion to US$168 million compared to last year's Q4 report. SoC sales have not been affected, however, and the stocks did not drop too much.
The LandingZone Docking Station for MacBook Pro with Touch Bar has 16 ports. (Source: LandingZone)

LandingZone Unveils Docking Station for the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

LandingZone has released its new Docking Station for 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros with Touch Bar. Although not Thunderbolt-enabled, it brings with it 16 ports that will keep most users happy.
Fraternal twins fool Face ID on iPhone X. (Source: Mashable)

Farce ID: Fraternal twins defeat iPhone X Face ID

Apple's Face ID tech has been easily defeated by two sets of fraternal twins in a Mashable experiment captured on video. The video does little to put to rest concerns that Apple may have dumbed down the technology in order to help boost iPhone X shipments ahead of its launch.
Third-generation iPad. (Source: Apple)

Third-generation iPad will be classified as 'vintage and obsolete' on October 31st

An Apple Authorised Service Provider has revealed that the third-generation iPad will be put on the 'vintage and obsolete' list at the end of this month, ending official repairs and the ability to order spare parts from Apple.
Points for effort. (Source: Pocketnow)

The average iPhone X is being scalped for US$1500

Apple fans who want to pick up the company's newly released iPhone X could find themselves shelling out up to 50% more than MSRP to get their hands on one. Those who find the idea of paying scalpers hundreds of dollars more distasteful will probably face at least a 4-6 week wait.
PowerbyPoxi. (Source: Movac)

Apple aims to improve wireless charging by purchasing New Zealand based 'PowerbyProxi'

Apple has recently introduced wireless charging to the iPhone series, and has now cementeted their position in the wireless charging market with their purchase of New Zealand based 'PowerbyProxi'
Apple's Face ID technology is proving controversial before the iPhone X launches. (CNET)

Farce ID: Apple rejects report of Face ID dumbing down

Apple's iPhone X isn't even on sale yet and the controversy surrounding one of its key technologies has reached fever pitch. Apple has now released a statement responding to claims that it has reduced the quality standard for Face ID so it can have more devices ready for shipment.
Apple iPhone 7 flagship only available with 32 GB and 128 GB storage variants starting later October 2017

Apple discontinues the 256 GB iPhone 7

Usually US$100 cheaper than the iPhone 8 with the same amount of internal storage space, the 256 GB iPhone 7 looks like a very good deal right now, but those looking for a good deal should hurry up and grab one while they still can.
Azio Levetron Mech5 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (Source. Amazon)

Are gaming keyboards really faster than conventional keyboards?

Gaming keyboard manufacturers, much like gaming mice manufacturers, claim fast response times to entice games to pay the premium. Unlike gaming mice, however, we do not find enough benchmarks that have actually put the claims to test. As a result, gamers and enthusiasts have (until now) gone by the manufacturer's claims of high polling rates and low response times. So is that shiny new RGB keyboard with anti-ghosting or N-key rollover actually more responsive than a conventional keyboard? Dan Luu's mini-experiment proves otherwise.
There's also an 18-core/36-thread iMac Pro coming later this year. (Source: Apple)

Apple's upcoming iMac Pro with 10-core custom Intel Xeon CPU surfaces on GeekBench

The 10-core Xeon CPU is more than 50% faster than the 8-core model when it comes to multi-core performance tests. Apple will also launch an 18-core/36-thread iMac in December this year.
Macbook Pro: Does Apple have a problem with defective keyboards due to dust getting stuck?

Macbook Pro: Does Apple have a problem with defective keyboards due to dust getting stuck?

Since 2015, Apple has one by one changed the keyboards on its Mac-products to the new Butterfly-design, a precess accompanied with much interest but also criticism. The new design helped Apple in their pursuit for thinner and thinner products, but now it seems that the new design has a reliability problem: Some users experience problems with dust and dirt ge...
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An iPhone with a stylus could be a part of Apple's plans for 2019.

An iPhone with a stylus? It could materialize in 2019 if a new rumor is accurate

Apple could be set to launch a new iPhone model that will compete directly with the Samsung Galaxy Note. The new iPhone will use a supercapicitor stylus that offers a more pen-like feel according to a new rumor out of South Korea.
Flag of the Peoples Republic of China. (Source: PublicDomainPictures/Pixabay)

Qualcomm trying to get iPhone sales banned in China

Qualcomm has filed several lawsuits in China in an attempt to block iPhone sales over patent disputes.
Liberty secured: Purism's Librem 5 Linux-based smartphone meets crowdfunding goal

Liberty secured: Purism's Librem 5 Linux-based smartphone meets crowdfunding goal

The Librem 5, a smartphone currently in development by Purism, recently reached its USD$1.5 million crowdfunding goal. The device will be designed with privacy in mind and will run a mobile flavor of Purism's own PureOS.
Apple's Chief Design Officer Jony Ive. (Source: India Times)

iPhone X was five years in the making says Jony Ive

Apple's Chief Design Officer Jony Ive has revealed that the iPhone X has been five years in development. The process was particularly painstaking with numerous missteps before it finally emerged as the iPhone X we now know today.
Cortana support now available in Skype (Source: Microsoft)

Microsoft Skype gets Cortana support

Starting yesterday, Cortana support began rolling out to Skype users in the US. This new capability is available for both the Android and the iOS versions of Microsoft's well-known app.
An iPhone 8 suffering from a faulty battery. (Source: The Economic Times)

Not so swell? More reports of iPhone 8 battery swelling issues

Apple's iPhone 8 may be off to a good start from a sales perspective, however, it hasn't been a completely smooth launch. Reports off swelling iPhone 8 batteries have now surfaced on seven separate occasions.
Apple iPhone. (Source: Pixabay)

iPhone 7 was the most purchased phone internationally in the first half of 2017

Market intelligence firm, IHS Markit, have released their research showing the most popular models for the first half of 2017. The top 10 contains five Samsung models, four Apple models, and one Oppo model.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Windows Tablets

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Windows Tablets

October 2017 update. Here is the current list of Notebookcheck's top-ranked Windows tablets. This list is reviewed on a regular basis, checked by our editors and updated if needed. It is designed to help our readers with their purchase decisions.
Microsoft has called time on Windows 10 Mobile development. (Source: Microsoft)

Windows 10 Mobile is on life support, no new features in the pipeline

Microsoft has officially called time on any further development of its Windows 10 Mobile operating system. Once one of the dominant mobile operating systems on the market, it quickly faded with the rise of iOS and Android.

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