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There is no telling how long Apple will continue to honor the internal policy. (Source: iFixit)

Some 2012-2013 MacBook Pro owners are getting new machines due to battery shortage

Owners of the 2012 or 2013 15-inch MacBook Pro who need their batteries replaced are in luck: due to a supply shortage of the battery parts, Apple is giving users the option to receive a new machine with "equivalent" specs instead of waiting until September for the parts. Users have reported getting 2015 or even 2017 15-inch MacBook Pros as replacements.
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YouTube TV extends its reach to 10 new cities in the US, basic package has 48 channels

YouTube TV hits more US cities

Offering 48 channels in its basic package, this service is now available in ten new cities, those interested being able to take advantage of a one-month free trial. After the first payment, users also receive a free Chromecast.
The XiaoMi Mi Mix was the first phone with a full-body ceramic chassis, but it proved extremely fragile. (Source: ArsTechnica)

Poll shows metal still the preferred material for flagship phones

A GSMArena reader poll shows that aluminum is still the most desired material flagship phone material by far. But why? This article gives a brief overview of why metals are still preferred by users and manufacturers.
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.
The iPhone 7 uses an Intel modem for AT&T and T-Mobile variants, while the rest use a Qualcomm part. (Source: Extreme Tech)

Intel paints Qualcomm as anti-competitive bully in public statement to ITC

Intel has weighed in on the Qualcomm vs. Apple suit with a public statement in response to a request for comment by the ITC. In the statement, Intel alleges that Qualcomm is a bully, using the court system to crush competition. Intel claims that the move is orchestrated mainly to replace an Intel modem in the iPhone with a Qualcomm one. Intel has itself face...
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Android market share rising at the expense of iOS

Android market share rising at the expense of iOS

Android has been chipping away at iOS in terms of smartphone activations as Apple fans patiently wait for the megaton iPhone refresh coming towards the end of the year.
iOS 10 gets a new update, labeled 10.3.3, delivering improvements and fixes to iPhone and iPad

iOS 10.3.3 now official

After quite a few public beta releases, Apple iOS 10.3.3 is finally ready to deliver multiple bug fixes and improvements to all iPhone and iPad users who own one (or more) compatible device(s).
Worldwide Smartphone OS Market Share. (Source: IDC, May 2017)

Android shipments touch 85% while Windows Phone relegates into the abyss

There's no stopping the Android juggernaut as the latest IDC numbers for Q1 2017 put it in a comfortable lead of 85% while the lack of new hardware or developer support has pushed Windows Phone into virtual extinction.
Apple MacBook Pro 13 (Mid 2017, i5, without Touch Bar) Review

Apple MacBook Pro 13 (Mid 2017, i5, without Touch Bar) Review

Annoying fan. The MacBook Pro 13 without Touch Bar gets the Kaby Lake update as well. Thanks to the lower price, longer battery runtimes, and function keys, the entry-level model could potentially be the better choice for many users. However, you also get a slightly less powerful processor as well as an annoying fan.
Intel Core i5-7360U | Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 | 13.3" | 1.4 kg
HP remains ahead of Lenovo in worldwide PC sales

HP remains ahead of Lenovo in worldwide PC sales

Global shipments of desktop and notebook PCs have shrunk from 62.607 million units in Q2 2016 to 60.543 million as of Q2 2017.
Apple iOS 11 unveiling, iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra get new beta versions

Second public beta of iOS 11 now available

In addition to the new beta for iOS 11, macOS "High Sierra" also receives a beta refresh. Both updates come less than three weeks since the release of the first public beta builds and consist of tweaks and fixes, without any new features.
Apple's back-to-school sale features its latest and greatest laptops, desktops, and tablets. (Source: Apple)

Buy a Mac, score free Beats: Apple's back-to-school deal is now live

The new school year is still a ways off, but Apple's back-to-school sale is already here. iPads and MacBooks are discounted and most come with a free pair of premium headphones.
Google Allo client for desktop to launch by the end of the summer 2017

Google Allo desktop client coming soon

Although the initial launch period announced by Google has passed, it looks like the Allo app for the desktop environment is still in the cards and should arrive in just a "few more weeks," reveals Google's Amit Fulay.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Tablets under 250 Euros

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Tablets under 250 Euros

Price contenders. Here you will find the best tablets under 250 Euros (~$285) reviewed by Notebookcheck. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions. July 2017 update.
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2017 (2.8 GHz, 555) Laptop Review

88% Apple MacBook Pro 15 2017 (2.8 GHz, 555) Laptop Review

Competitive thanks to Kaby Lake. The updated Apple MacBook Pro 15 gets a modern Kaby Lake processor from Intel and a more powerful GPU by default. Otherwise, however, not a lot has changed. Update: The review is now complete
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | AMD Radeon Pro 555 | 15.6" | 1.8 kg
iMCO Watch with Cronologics OS and Alexa launches in India

Alexa-powered iMCO Watch launches in India

Unveiled back in April 2016, this Alexa-powered wearable has changed its name from CoWatch to iMCO Watch in the meantime and is now finally available for purchase via Yerha.com.
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 Phablets (>5.5-inch)

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

July 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.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones

July 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 Smartphones under 300 Euros

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones under 300 Euros

July 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)

July 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 under 120 Euros

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones under 120 Euros

July 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.
Qualcomm has faced legal challenges in the past, particularly anti-trust charges by the Federal Trade Commission. (Source: Qualcomm)

Qualcomm seeks ban on iPhone sales in the USA

Qualcomm has escalated an ongoing dispute with Apple by filing a complaint with the International Trade Commission (ITC), asking for a ban on import and sales of iPhones in the USA. Qualcomm claims that Apple is using non-standard intellectual property of theirs without fair compensation.
Google Drive to become Backup and Sync in the coming weeks, June 28 launch postponed

Google delays Backup and Sync's release

Although Google Drive was supposed to be replaced by Backup and Sync on June 28, it looks like this change has been delayed by a few weeks and, sadly, there is no accurate launch date to talk about at this stage.
Will the Touch ID fingerprint scanner disappear from the next iPhone? A recent report claims that Apple has a new authentication technology in the works. (Source: Apple)

Rumor: Apple to scrap Touch ID with the iPhone 8

Seeing its debut on the iPhone 5S, Apple's Touch ID has become a staple feature across the company's lineup of devices. However, a recent report suggests that the company is looking to introduce a new form of authentication with the next iPhone.
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 July 2017.
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From its completion in 2004 until 2009, Taipei 101 was awarded the distinction of being the world's tallest building. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Apple opens first store in Taiwan at base of landmark skyscraper Taipei 101

Apple has opened its first store in Taiwan at the base of one of the world's tallest buildings, Taipei 101.
Apple MacBook Pro 13 (Mid 2017, i5, Touch Bar) Review

90% Apple MacBook Pro 13 (Mid 2017, i5, Touch Bar) Review

Early update. Apple already updates the MacBook Pro 13 after around 8 months. Modern Kaby Lake processors and faster SSDs are supposed to provide more performance. But did the manufacturer fix some issues of the predecessor?
Update: The review is now complete.
Intel Core i5-7267U | Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650 | 13.3" | 1.4 kg
Apple iPhone 7 Plus flagship, the iPhone has been around for a decade

Apple's iPhone is now 10 years old

After being announced earlier that year, the original iPhone arrived in stores on June 29, 2007, exactly a decade ago. More than a billion Apple flagships were sold since then, the latest major update arriving in mid-September 2016.
Apple MacBook 12 (2017)

90% Apple MacBook 12 (2017) Laptop Review

What is new? As well as the quietly updated Air 13, the MacBook 12 has also got a new CPU and a faster SSD. With it, Apple aims to be "years ahead". "Compared to whom or what?" you might ask. Probably in comparison to the Air 13, whose essentials are still from 2012? This could be successful; at least in part.
Intel Core m3-7Y32 | Intel HD Graphics 615 | 12" | 920 g
An artist's rendition of the iPhone 8 shows what its new wall charger might look like. (Source: Benjamin Geskin via MacRumors)

Rumor: iPhone 8 to have faster charging with a 10W wall charger

Apple's next iPhone is rumored to come with a 10W USB-C wall charger, giving users a faster charging experience. Still, consumers should not expect to see a USB-C port in place of the company's signature Lightning port on the device itself.
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
Apple iOS 11 announcement by Tim Cook, first public iOS 11 release now available

First public beta of iOS 11 now available

The final version of iOS 11 is scheduled to become available this fall, but Apple plans to release regular public beta builds during the summer, and the first such version arrived earlier today.
Apple has acquired German eye-tracking company for an undisclosed amount (Source: SMI)

Apple has acquired German eye-tracking company for an undisclosed amount

What exactly Apple has in mind with its newly acquired patents and technology remains unknown.
Apple MacBook Air 13 2017

86% Apple MacBook Air 13 2017 Laptop (1.8 GHz) Review

There's life in the old dog yet. It might be hard to believe, but Apple's MacBook Air 13 (unibody aluminum design, 1.35 kg/~3 lb, 17 mm/~0.7 in, 13.3-inch, 1440 x 900) has just turned 7 years old. Once at the very forefront of the vanguard of Ultrabooks, it has now turned into a beloved grandpa.
Intel Core i5-5350U | Intel HD Graphics 6000 | 13.3" | 1.4 kg
The iMac Pro was introduced at WWDC in early June but will not be available until December. (Source: Associated Press)

iMac Pro may pack both server-grade Xeon and ARM CPUs

An enthusiast rummaging through firmware files for macOS High Sierra found information suggesting that the upcoming iMac Pro will be powered by server-grade Xeon processors and protected by an ARM chip known as a Security Enclave Processor. The existence of an ARM chip the same as those found in the MacBook Pro with TouchBar sparks speculation that the iMac ...
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Whatsapp to roll out file sharing support for all file types

Whatsapp to roll out file sharing support for all file types

Whatsapp is finally ready to give users what they want. The company will be rolling out a file sharing update over time, which allows users to send files of all types, and also not have to deal with the infamous compression when sending images.
StarTech's Thunderbolt 3 dual display adapters now compatible with Apple and Windows laptops

StarTech's Thunderbolt 3 dual display adapters now compatible with Apple and Windows laptops

The Thunderbolt 3 product line has been expanded to include dual display adapters with 4K and 60Hz functionalities, compatible with the latest Windows and Mac laptops.
Photo source: Virgin Mobile

Virgin Mobile goes iPhone-only and offers a year of unlimited talk, text, and data for $1

As part of their new Inner Circle service plan, the British-based MVNO will only sell iPhones. New customers can sign up and get unlimited talk, text, and data for an entire year for only $1.
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
Scott Forstall, back when he worked for Apple. (Source: Business Insider)

Learn the iPhone's secret history next Tuesday with Scott Forstall & friends

The Computer History Museum in Mountain View will host a group of ex-Apple employees next Tuesday, who will reveal exactly what went on inside Apple during the months and years prior to the launch of the first iPhone. The most notable of the speakers is none other than ex-iOS chief Scott Forstall.
The Galaxy S8+ and S8 took gold and silver, while the S7 Edge beat out the LG G6 and iPhone 7 Plus for bronze. (Source: PocketNow)

Consumer Reports' top three smartphones are... Samsung, Samsung, and Samsung

Consumer Reports' ratings of top smartphones are currently topped by the Samsung Galaxy S8+, S8, and S7 Edge.
Complete control over the design of the chips means more powerful and efficient hardware for their devices. (Source: Apple Insider)

Google snatches up veteran Apple chip architect, plans to make own chips

It has been revealed that Google hired one of Apple's key chip architects this past May. According to sources of Variety, Google is seeking to design their own hardware to better power future Pixel phones.
The front looks good, yet there is no doubt many will be disappointed by their high expectations for the device. (Source: reddit/kamikasky)

Leak purports to show the first real face of the iPhone 8

A reddit user has allegedly revealed the front panel of the iPhone 8, and it looks more like the Essential Phone than a Galaxy S8 or iPhone.
Most apps send out some level of personal data to third parties. (Source: TechRadar)

Study reveals 70 percent of mobile app data is being shared with third parties

A recent study by a Spanish institute has just revealed that the majority of mobile apps used share data with third parties.
Rather than pressing the screen to move Pepe up, users had to control the Frog by screaming into their iPhone. (Source: Vice Motherboard)

Feels bad, man: Apple bans Pepe from its App Store

While still available on Google Play, Apple's App Store has apparently deemed any apps containing beloved meme "Pepe the Frog" as "objectionable content".
It's not easy to get to, but the Kaby Lake CPU in the new 21-inch iMac uses a standard LGA 1151 socket. (Source: iFixit)

New 21.5-inch iMac has upgradable CPU, RAM, and 2.5-inch drive

iFixit has found that while the new 21.5-inch iMac is not easy to get inside, the RAM, 2.5-inch drive, and CPU are all technically user-replaceable.
Apple is on-track to open 40 Apple retail stores in China by this October. (Source: TechCrunch)

Chinese officials uncover massive data theft by local Apple employees

An underground identity-theft ring where Apple employees were selling customers' personal data was uncovered in China.
Apple Music hits a new milestone, now has 27 million paid subscribers

WWDC 2017 | Apple Music has 27 million paid subscribers

Although having 27 million paid subscribers does not sound bad at all, Apple's music streaming service still has a long way to go before catching Spotify, which currently has 50 million subscribers.
Wearables market up 18 percent YoY

Wearables market up 18 percent YoY

Meanwhile, Fitbit loses its substantial foothold on the market to alternative smartwatches with more advanced features.

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