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Apple macOS "High Sierra" now official with advanced storage, video and graphics tech

WWDC 2017 | Apple macOS "High Sierra" now official

The developer preview of the next-gen macOS is already available to Apple Developer Program members, while a public beta for all Mac users is scheduled to kick off later this month. The free software update is expected to arrive this fall, packing various refinements to Photos, Safari, Mail, and more.
Apple rolled out Kaby Lake and optional 16GB of RAM across the entire MacBook line. (Source: MacRumors)

WWDC 2017 | MacBooks finally see upgrade to Kaby Lake

Apple has updated their MacBook and MacBook Pro lines of notebooks with Kaby Lake CPUs, optional 16GB of RAM for all models, and improved dedicated graphics for the 15-inch MacBook Pro. The base model MacBook Pro 13 also saw a price-drop to US$1299.
Apple's new iMac Pro packs server-grade specs in an All-in-One chassis. (Source: Apple)

WWDC 2017 | Apple introduces new iMac AIOs, including the powerful iMac Pro

Apple's new All-in-Ones are equipped with Intel Kaby Lake CPUs, Iris Pro integrated graphics, and options for high-res displays and dedicated AMD Radeon GPUs. The iMac Pro, a completely new device, will pack a punch with an 18-core Xeon processor and AMD Vega graphics.
Apple brings VR to macOS with Metal and AMD's Radeon 500 series GPUs

WWDC 2017 | Apple brings VR to macOS with Metal and AMD's Radeon 500 series GPUs

The new Metal 2 and Metal for VR APIs bring VR support to macOS for the first time, as well as support for external GPUs and AMD's RX 500 series graphics cards.
Source: Apple

WWDC 2017 | Apple shows off WatchOS 4 at WWDC

The updated OS brings some small tweaks, including a Siri-enabled watch face, better music management, and the ability to sync activity tracking to select exercise machines.
The only catch (beyond owning a compatible Logitech mouse) is that the computers must be on the same wireless network. (Source: Logitech)

Logitech Flow allows you to use one mouse with up to 3 PCs simultaneously

Logitech has released its new "Flow" software as part of the Logitech Options suite. Flow allows a user to use a single compatible mouse to not only use one mouse across computers as if they were external monitors, but also copy and paste files and text.
The Apple Worldwide Developer Conference will take place June 5-9 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center. (Source: Apple)

WWDC forecast: Kaby Lake MacBooks with a chance of Air

The latest information on Apple's upcoming WWDC suggests CPU upgrades for all MacBooks, updated iPads, and possibly the reappearance of the 11.6-inch MacBook Air.
Apple Orchard Road retail store opening flyer late May 2017

Apple opens its first retail store in Singapore

More than just being the first Singapore-based Apple retail store in Singapore, the Orchard Road location is also the first one in Southeast Asia and apparently also the first one capable of fully operating on solar power alone.
Samsung and Apple cleaned house in the ACSI's 2017 Customer Satisfaction Survey. (Image: ACSI)

Apple and Samsung dominate 2017 American Customer Satisfaction Index

The two brands claimed every spot in the ACSI's top 20 smartphones ranked according to customer satisfaction.
Chinese brands such as Huawei are positioning themselves as manufacturers of premium, innovative products fit to compete against the world's best. (Source: Digital Trends)

Chinese smartphone makers surge while Apple and Samsung see decline

A new report by Gartner Inc. reveals Chinese smartphone OEMs saw huge growth over the past year while industry giants Apple and Samsung slightly negative growth.
An alleged final design dummy for the iPhone 8. (Source: Benjamin Geskin)

The iPhone 8 isn't here yet ... but the first iPhone 9 rumors are

Even before this year's iPhone gets an official unveiling, the rumor mill is starting to spin for its successor. A report claims that Samsung and Apple have struck a deal for two models of next year's "iPhone 9," including one model with a huge display.
Nokia and Apple end their patent-related legal struggles in late May 2017

Nokia and Apple bury the hatchet

After quite a long time spent as adversaries in court, the two companies signed a multi-year patent license, settling all litigation related to their high-profile intellectual property dispute.
Apple bills its iPhone as an "easier" alternative to Android. (Source: Apple)

Apple's "Switch" webpage gets overhauled, focuses on iPhone's advantages over Android

A revamped Apple webpage attempts to explain why switching to iPhone from Android makes sense. The page mentions improved performance, photography, and ease-of-use as benefits that iPhone users enjoy.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7 premium Android tablet, Samsung dominates the Western European tablet market

Samsung now leading the West European tablet market

Apple lost its crown in Western Europe, where the company's tablet sales dropped 11.5 percent in the first quarter, while Samsung managed to grab the first place thanks to a year-over-year growth of nearly 18 percent.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Windows Tablets

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Windows Tablets

July 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.
Global smartphone sales reach 375 million units as of Q1 2017

Global smartphone sales reach 375 million units as of Q1 2017

Most major Chinese brands continue to rise in market share at the expense of Apple and Samsung.
Corning receives $200 million USD from Apple to further R&D efforts

Corning receives $200 million USD from Apple to further R&D efforts

Apple wants to create jobs in the US by investing more than $1 billion USD into its core domestic suppliers and partners.
Apple acquires dark data specialists Lattice Data in a quiet transaction May 2017

Apple quietly acquires Lattice Data

This largely unknown startup that has just joined Apple was founded in 2015 to commercialize DeepDive, a system created at Stanford that uses machine learning to "extract value from dark data."
Leaks suggest new 10.5-inch iPad Pro coming this summer

Leaks suggest new 10.5-inch iPad Pro coming this summer

At least one manufacturer of iPad accessories is supposedly already preparing multiple folio cases in various colors for the unannounced tablet.
The completely non-serviceable SSD of the 2016 Apple MacBook Pro. (Source: iFixit)

Opinion: With the Surface Laptop, Microsoft joins Apple to push a disturbing trend

Editor Douglas Black argues that designing a non-budget computer with a soldered SSD is a great leap in the wrong direction.
Opera 45 "Reborn" web browser now features Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Telegram messaging support

Opera Reborn browser now available for download

This new version of the Opera browser brings some features introduced by Opera Neon to the masses, its main highlight being the ability to pin Telegram, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger to the left side of the main window.
Tim Cook at Apple's WWDC, opening keynote for WWDC 2017 scheduled for June 5

Apple WWDC opening keynote set for June 5

During the opening event of the conference that will run from June 5 to June 9, Apple is expected to reveal new versions of iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS. Some reports also claim that a competitor for Amazon Echo might also be unveiled during WWDC 2017.
Apple finally passed the $800 billion mark in market cap at closing on Tuesday. (Image: Apple)

Apple hits $800 billion market valuation

The Cupertino Giant set a record at market close on Tuesday by eclipsing $800 billion in market capitalization, a first for any U.S. company.
Apple will cover the Smart Keyboard for a full three years. (Image: Apple)

Apple offers free repairs on iPad Pro's Smart Keyboard for three years

Due to "functional issues," Apple will extend the replacement and repair warrant for the iPad Pro's Smart Keyboard to three years from the date of purchase.
The new report says that Foxconn, Winstron, and Pegatron are accelerating the recruitment and training of new workers in China in preparation of the new iPhone. (Source: BGR)

New iPhones on track to go on sale in October

A Economic Daily News report claims that production of iPhone 8 and iPhone 7s are on track for the new iPhones to be announced by Apple in September and go on sale in October.
Image: Steam

GOG and Steam celebrate May the Fourth with Star Wars game sales

Online game distributors Steam and GOG are currently running huge sales on Star Wars games. May the Fourth be with you.
Editor's Choice: Our Editors' Current and Favorite Notebooks

Editor's Choice: Our Editors' Current and Favorite Notebooks

Ever wondered which notebooks the editors prefer to use day-to-day? The staff of Notebookcheck reveal their preferences.
Apple sold 50 million iPhones in the past quarter, 1 million less than in the same period last year. (Source: The Washington Post)

Apple's Q2 iPhone sales weaker than expected

Apple needs its next-generation iPhone to be a smash hit in order to reassure investors. The company reported Tuesday that it sold fewer iPhones than analysts had expected in the company's second quarter.
Image: Amazon

Amazon will end its free mobile app program this summer

The Amazon Underground app store will no longer accept submission after May 31st. Amazon will also no longer list free apps for Android after this summer.
Logitech Universal Folio keyboard case for 9-10 inch tablets

Logitech launches Universal Folio keyboard case

This new keyboard case uses four-point adjustable grips instead of cheap elastic as most similar products that can accommodate various tablet sizes. It works with Android, iOS, and Windows tablets ranging from 8.9 to 10 inches and has a price tag of $59.99 USD.
Acer Leap Ware smartwatch coming in July

Acer Leap Ware smartwatch coming in July

This upcoming wearable by Acer has a 1.6-inch display, coming with a design compliant with the IPX7 water resistance standard and being powered by the MediaTek MT2523 processor.
Ars Technica and GOG are giving away copies of The Witcher: Enhanced Edition. (Source: Ars Technica)

Ars Technica and GOG are giving away copies of The Witcher: Enhanced Edition

To celebrate a new partnership, Ars Technica and GOG are giving away free codes for The Witcher: Enhanced Edition for PC or Mac for the next two days.
The alleged multi-core score for the iPhone 8 was 8975, 41% faster than the new Galaxy S8. (Source: 9to5Mac)

New iPhone 8 benchmarks debunked

New iPhone 8 benchmarks show the phone beating the Galaxy S8 and iPhone 7 by a significant margin, but upon further investigation, the benchmarks have been proven false.
Apple Dubai Mall retail store opens late April 2017

Apple Dubai Mall opens tomorrow

This new retail location features an 186-foot curved storefront and balcony that overlook Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Fountain, being the third Apple store in the region. The company's first two similar locations in the UAE recorded more than 4 million visitors since their opening 18 months ago.
The Meizu PRO 5 was the last officially supported Ubuntu Touch phone. (Image Source: Ubuntu Insights)

Ubuntu Phone support will end in June, app store will close in December

The mobile OS will no longer be updated after June of this year, while the Ubuntu Touch app store will be closed by the end of the year. These moves will essentially kill off Ubuntu Touch.
The latest unconfirmed render of the iPhone 8. (Source: BGR)

Apple might launch only two iPhones instead of three this year

The rumors surrounding Apple's iPhone production drama seem to never end. The latest unconfirmed news suggest that there are only two iPhones currently being worked on, instead of three.
Image source: Apple

Apple reduces commissions to App Store affiliates by 64%

Apple's App Store affiliates will now earn 2.5% for apps downloaded via their affiliate ID, down from 7%.
Instead of repairing your iPad 4, service techs may replace it with an iPad Air 2. (Image source: iFixit)

Apple may replace your broken iPad 4 with an iPad Air 2

Customers that bring in an iPad 4 for repairs to authorized Apple service centers or Apple stores may have their device replaced with an iPad Air 2.
The larger "602" model measures 158.1 x 77.8 x 7.1mm, while the smaller "EVT 03" model measures 149.5 x 72.5 x 8.6mm. (Source: 9to5Mac)

iPhone 8 may be the thickest Apple smartphone since the iPhone 4

Leaked renders of what is believed to be this year's upcoming iPhones have appeared on Weibo. These sources have yet to be confirmed, but what they do suggest is that the new iPhone 8's upgrades have made it into a beefier device.
An Apple Watch could soon be a must-have for diabetes sufferers. (Source: Apple)

The Apple Watch could one day make it easier to treat diabetes

Apple reportedly is working on new technology to make the daily treatment of diabetes much less inconvenient. The company has plans for optical sensors built into the Apple Watch that can monitor glucose levels without piercing the skin.
Not dead yet: the iPhone 5 (and the 5C) will still receive OS updates.

Don't worry, iPhone 5 users: Apple plans to continue issuing updates to your device

A new report claimed that Apple was dropping support for the iPhone 5 and 5C with the latest iOS 10.3.2 beta update. It is now apparent that the two devices will be covered via a second version of the update.
A concept image showing the iPhone 8's rumored curved display. (Source: Express UK)

Touch ID issues may delay production of the iPhone 8

Apple's reluctance to compromise on Touch ID may prevent the upcoming iPhone from launching on schedule. The company sees the feature as a prerequisite for getting rid of its device's physical buttons.
Lenovo is the best overall laptop brand, according to Laptop Mag. (Image Source: Lenovo)

Lenovo dethrones Apple in Laptop Mag's "Best & Worst Laptop Brands" list for 2017

Lenovo has claimed the top spot from Apple in Laptop Mag's annual brand ranking. The Cupertino giant fell to 5th place due to controversial design changes in its Macbook and Macbook Pro lines.
Apple ahead of both Samsung and Huawei in smartphone race

Apple ahead of both Samsung and Huawei in smartphone race

Samsung is still king when it comes to combined worldwide shipments of smartphones and feature phones, but the South Korean manufacturer is now lagging behind Apple by a mere 0.1 percent in pure smartphone shipments.
Game console emulators like Nesbox will no longer be available on the Windows Store. (Source: Nesbox)

The Windows Store has officially banned emulators

Microsoft's latest policy change for the official Windows Store bans emulators outright. However, the software can still be found and downloaded online.
The new TITAN Xp has 12 GB GDDR5X VRAM, 3840 CUDA cores, and 12 TFLOPS of performance. (Source: Nvidia)

Titan Xp now official, will also support Mac OS X

The new GPU is equipped with 12 GB of GDDR5X memory clocked at 11.4 Gbps, 3840 CUDA cores clocked at ~1.6 GHz, and boasts 12 TFLOPs of performance. Nvidia will also begin developing drivers for Mac OS X.
The Pebble smartwatch can still work even when disconnected from Pebble's servers. (source: Pebble)

New Pebble update allows smartwatch to keep ticking

The latest update to the Pebble app allows the smartwatches to continue functioning even when not connected to Pebble's servers.
A new polymer can heal itself in under 24 hours. (Source: Wang Polymer Research Group)

Self-healing touchscreens may be here by 2020

A new polymer developed by researchers at the University of California Riverside can stitch itself back together from a tear or scratch in under 24 hours. The research lead thinks the material could debut on smartphones by 2020.
Apple Music for Android major update released in early April 2017

Apple updates Music for Android

This app for music lovers got out of the beta stage a few months ago, and now it gets a major interface overhaul that makes it look similar to the version available for Apple iOS 10 devices.
Apple iPad (2017) Tablet Review

90% Apple iPad (2017) Tablet Review

Just recycling? Apple did not even hold a keynote for its latest tablet model. All we got was a press release. We think: That is enough for the Apple iPad (2017), because it is a very good tablet – and finally for a fair price.
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