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The iOS 11 update is just around the corner for compatible Apple devices. Users of legacy 32-bit apps need to be aware of the fact that iOS 11 will not allow execution of 32-bit apps unless they have been updated by the developer to support the 64-bit architecture. Going forward iOS, and eventually macOS, will support only 64-bit applications.
Ditch your smartphone charging mats: Pi charges from 12-inches away
A new startup going by the name of Pi looks set to change the way we charge our devices in the near future. If it works as promised, you can get set to ditch your wireless Qi charging mats.
Apple iPhone X component costs estimated to be $412.75 USD
Samsung is making bank on the iPhone X as its OLED panel will be the costliest component by far. Meanwhile, the unique 3D sensing camera will cost about as much as the DRAM component and A11 SoC each.
KGI: Demand for iPhone X will outstrip supply until Q2 2018
According to KGI Securities, forecast demand for the iPhone X indicates that Apple may not reach an equilibrium between demand and supply until Q2 2018.
Apple A11 scores 25 percent higher on Antutu than highest SnapDragon 835 result
Apple has told consumers to expect large performance gains from their new A11 SoC, and a newly leaked Antutu benchmark supports that claim.
UPDATE | Apple Watch 3 LTE only works in country of purchase, T-Mobile will throttle it to 512kbps
*Update in article regarding T-Mobile speeds* Apple Support has told a customer than the LTE versions of the Apple Watch 3 will only work within the country of purchase, meaning those outside the ten supported countries can't import an LTE model. It also means that the LTE functionality won't work while traveling, even if the destination is a supported count...
Apple iPhone X and Face ID: revolution of the smartphone?
(Update) You can like or hate Apple, and with the new iPhone X and its facial recognition feature Face ID a deep rift has been created that goes straight through the published observations so far. We've taken a look at what known YouTube personalities like MKBHD, security expert Edward Snowden, and some other tech- and business-sites have to say about the future of the iPhone. We also talk about the alleged Face ID fail during the keynote.
Apple reveals new Beats By Dre 'urBeats3' earbuds
Among all the fuss over the new iPhones, Apple revealed their new urBeats3 wired earbuds. They feature inline music and phone controls, secure-fit wing tips to hold them in place, and promises of fine-tuned acoustic design.
Apple iPhone X Face ID demo fail explained
The iPhone X keynote featured a lot of cool new tech, including Face ID. Unfortunately for Apple's Craig Federighi, things didn't go to plan when demonstrating it live in front of an audience of millions. Or did they?
Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus now official
The new 4.7-inch iPhone 8 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 8 Plus come with a new processor, upgrades to the camera system, augmented reality features, louder speakers, wireless charging, and a new glass and aluminum build.
iPhone X A11 SoC benchmarks leaked before official presentation event
The A11 hexacore SoC packs 2 high-performance Monsoon cores, 4 energy-efficient Mistral cores and a 3-core GPU. The single-core test results are higher than what most Qualcomm chips can score in multi-core tests.
New Apple TV 4K packs A10X punch, HDR
Amidst all the fanfare of the new iPhone X launch, Apple has given its Apple TV its most potent upgrade yet. Powered by an Apple A10X Fusion hexa-core processor, the new Apple TV supports 4K HDR in both HDR10 and Dolby Vision formats.
The Apple Watch Series 3 is now official, starts from US$329
Apple has officially launched the Watch Series 3 during its September 2017 keynote. The new Watch now sports LTE connectivity with a host of new fitness features and will be launching on September 15 with prices starting from US$329.
This is the iPhone X: Apple's flagship, reimagined
The iPhone X brings a complete overhaul to the iPhone's design language. Featuring a 5.8-inch full-body display, the iPhone X brings new innovations to Apple's flagship line, including improved camera optics, facial recognition, and a new CPU tuned for AI-driven tasks.
Firefox 57 to drop the search bar
Although new users will get the new uni-bar design by default, existing Firefox users who will update their browser will not lose the traditional search bar.
Qualcomm lists innovations that appeared first on Android — just ahead of the iPhone X launch
Qualcomm has published a blog post detailing some of the mobile innovations that were made possible by the collaboration with Google and other Android OEMs. Cheekily, the list of innovations seem to reflect some of the new features that will be debuting in the new iPhones set to be launched later today.
First Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 benchmark surfaces
Next year's flagship SoC from Qualcomm seems to be a bit better than Apple's A9 chip, but it's still behind the A10 and most likely A11 chips when it comes to single core performance tests.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Windows Tablets
September 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.
Production glitches with iPhone 8 OLED screen could hurt holiday sales, claims Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal has reported that they were informed of "production glitches" by a source close to the issue. The problems have apparently caused a shortage of completed products and this shortage could continue into the Christmas period.
Siri and Alexa are vulnerable to ultrasonic voice commands
Chinese researchers have been able to launch malicious voice command attacks on every major voice assistant including Siri and Alexa. Using ultrasonics, the researchers were able to hack devices with any victim completely unaware that their device had been compromised.
Dual-camera dupe: some smartphones with dual-camera setups only have one camera enabled
A few videos recently posted to YouTube took a closer look at the Doogee Mix and found that the dual-camera setup actually uses one camera and some software tricks to simulate effects that would otherwise require two camera modules. The problem seems to be rampant among cheap Chinese smartphones.
Huawei overtakes Apple for No. 2 global smartphone maker spot
Huawei is now the second most popular smartphone maker, according to data from Counterpoint. Although the iPhone 7 range is still the most popular on the market, Huawei's popularity in China has driven its sales success.
The Q5 Max-Q gaming notebook is Eurocom's answer to the MacBook Pro 15
Eurocom shows us why its latest ultra-thin gaming notebook may be the better choice over the MacBook Pro.
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 September 2017.
Leaked VMI document offers an insight into Apple's warranty repair rules for the iPhone
Apple's Visual/Mechanical Inspection (VMI) guide details how Apple Care centres handle in-warranty and out-of-warranty repairs. The leak of this guide is not exactly path-breaking but definitely offers an insight into how Apple honors warranty and decides the service eligibility of a device — in this case, the iPhone.
IFA 2017 | Fossil launches the Q Venture and Q Explorist smartwatches
The Fossil Q Venture and the Q Explorist are now finally available in select stores and online as the first full-round touchscreen smartwatches from this brand. Both have a Snapdragon Wear 2100 chip under the hood and run Android Wear 2.0 out of the box.
IFA 2017 | Garmin Vivoactive 3 smartwatch now official
The all-new Vivoactive 3 GPS smartwatch is Garmin's first device to come with Garmin Pay support for both Visa and MasterCard credit and debit cards. It can be acquired already starting at US$299.99.
It's official: Apple's iPhone 8 event will be held on September 12
Apple has sent invitations for its iPhone 8 launch event, which will be held for the first time in the Steve Jobs Theater inside Apple's 'spaceship' campus.
Western Digital acquires Upthere
The Californian startup Upthere joins Western Digital one year after receiving US$77 million in venture funding, but the financial terms of this new deal were not revealed to the public yet.
NYPD contemplating on replacing 36,000 odd Windows Phones with iPhones
In the continuing habitual setback for Microsoft in its mobile endeavors, the NYPD will soon be scrapping its 36,000 odd smartphones running Windows Phone 8.1 for iPhones. The department is taking the decision in the wake of Microsoft halting updates for the ill-fated mobile OS.
The iPhone 8 could launch on September 12
Apple has scheduled a product announcement event on September 12 and all expectations are that this could very well be the event that the Cupertino giant would announce the new iPhones and the Watch Series 3 to the world.
Purism turns to crowdfunding to develop their Linux-based smartphone
The Librem 5, currently up for preorder through a crowdfunding campaign, is Purism's attempt to create a privacy-focused smartphone. The phone will run a mobile variant of PureOS, which is Purism's own custom GNU/Linux-based operating system.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones
August 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 120 Euros
August 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 (≤5-inch)
August 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 300 Euros
August 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 Phablets (>5.5-inch)
Augst 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 Tablets
August 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.
New iOS 11 beta builds now available
Next to the sixth public beta, Apple also unleashed the iOS 11 beta 7 aimed at developers. The anticipated release date of the final version remains in September when the next-gen iPhone should arrive.
Fighting game classic Tekken is coming to Android and iOS
An adaptation of one of the most successful fighting game franchises is coming to mobile. BANDAI NAMCO recently announced Tekken Mobile, which should be arriving on iOS and Android devices soon.
YouTube TV now available in 14 more areas
Thanks to the latest expansion of this service's availability, US customers in 29 heavily populated areas can now enjoy it via multiple platforms - Android, iOS, Apple Airplay, Chromecast, as well as in a web browser.
TAITO Famicom "classic" Takeshi's Challenge now available on Android and iOS
Ever wanted a game where you play a middle-aged Japanese businessman experiencing a midlife crisis? The infamous Famicom title "Takeshi No Chousenjou" ("Takeshi's Challenge" in the West) is now available on Android and iOS.
The Apple Watch Series 3 could do VoIP instead of direct phone calls
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo seems to suggest that the upcoming Apple Watch Series 3 might support VoIP instead of traditional phone calls, possibly to avoid user experience issues and also due to the lack of internal space within the device for a proper SIM slot.
Google buys AIMatter
This AI startup based in Belarus is behind Fabby, a mobile app for Android and iOS with more than 2 million downloads so far that uses artificial intelligence to detect and process images.
FrontRow wearable action camera now official
This wearable camera works with Android and iOS handsets, offering up to two hours of live streaming autonomy and using USB Type-C, Bluetooth, and WiFi connectivity. Unfortunately, its price tag reads US$399.
Google Allo is finally available for desktop
Although iPhone users are not able to use Allo on the desktop yet, those who own Android handsets can finally use the messaging app on the desktop. However, quite a few features remain exclusively available on mobile.
Apple MacBook Pro 15: How to get 2 more hours of battery life with this simple trick
(Update) Sometimes, the things our reviewers uncover are downright fascinating: power consumption on the new MacBook Pro 15 is significantly lower in full screen than in regular window mode. Consequently, battery life is improved by a stunning 135 minutes or, in other words, the length of an entire feature film. This does not apply to Windows, though.
Disney sued for allegedly illegally collecting data on children with smartphone apps
Disney is being sued along with three software companies for creating software targeted at young children that collect personal information and send it to advertisers without the consent of parents. Disney has signaled it aims to face the suit in court.
New iPhone 8 case render adds support to all-screen design
A render made by a case manufacturer showing an iPhone in their rugged case appears to show the iPhone 8 will have an all-screen design and an on-screen button. The location of the fingerprint scanner isn't shown, but it could be under the screen, on the back, or completely absent in favor of an IR scanner.
Samsung ramping up OLED production to meet Apple demand
The South Korean manufacturer will dedicate at least seven of its manufacturing plants to OLED production just to satisfy Apple.
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