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Apple Clips video editing app on iPad, launch scheduled for April 2017

Apple Clips video editing app coming next month

This simple video editing app is Apple's answer to Snapchat and Instagram Stories and will launch in early April to fill the gap between iMovie and Camera's slideshow feature Memories.
The iPhone SE now has double its original storage capacity. (Source: Apple)

Apple upgrades the iPhone SE's storage capacity

The iPhone SE's 16 GB and 64 GB models are upgraded to 32 GB and 128 GB, respectively. The more spacious model gets a $50 price increase, while the base model's price stays the same.
Meet the new iPad. (Source: Apple)

Apple unveils a new iPad, new iPhone 7 model

The new iPad starts at $329 and will be available starting March 24. It features a 9.7-inch screen, a 64-bit A9 processor, and iOS 10. Also, a (PRODUCT) RED model for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus is now available.
The program uses a simple interface that asks users to select their files and folders to be transferred. (Source: Slashgear)

Microsoft introduces "Mac to Surface" data migration utility

Microsoft has quietly released a data migration utility to assist Mac users to switch to a PC.
The original iPhone. (Source: iDownloadBlog)

Apple's iPhone 8 will look similar to the original iPhone

Industry officials claim that Apple's next iPhone will have a curved, all-glass back case. This design resembles the original iPhone, whose back case was also curved but made of aluminum. The new iPhone is expected to be larger and slimmer than the original though.
Bixby is Samsung's take on the digital voice assistant. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung officially announces Bixby virtual assistant

Samsung's new digital assistant, Bixby, is "fundamentally different" from the competition's digital assistants. With advanced artificial intelligence at its core, Bixby will debut on the Galaxy S8. Samsung hopes to eventually bring the assistant to all of its appliances.
China has been facing criticism regarding economic policies viewed as unfriendly to many foreign companies. (Source: Karishma Sheth)

Apple invests US$500 million into opening two more Chinese R&D centers

Apple has announced it will open two more research and development centers in Suzhou and Shanghai. The two additional centers will join the existing two slated to open in Beijing and Shenzhen. The total cost of the investment will be at least US$500 million.
Alexa is now available to help in the Amazon iOS app. (Source: Amazon)

Amazon's Alexa comes to iOS

The digital assistant is currently only available in Amazon's own app and is somewhat limited in what it can do. However, it can still query information, order products, and control other connected devices in a smart home.
Windows Phone's market share halved to 1.3 percent in 2016 as Android and iOS crowd out the competition. (Source: Kantar Worldpanel)

Android market share in China climbs 9.3 percent but declines in the US

The latest smartphone data from a few months ago shows that iOS and Android have cemented their positions at the top of the food chain. Now, the battle is between these two major players for fast-growing markets in China and India.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 spotted on Best Buy for $599 USD

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 spotted on Best Buy for $599 USD

The Tab 3 is the latest (and most expensive) tablet from Samsung. Sporting high-end specs expected of a flagship, it will be available soon for about $600.
Apple devices, iPad tablets included, iPad Pro 2 coming March 2017

iPad Pro 2 could arrive next week

Industry insiders familiar with the matter have just confirmed the rumors about Apple's upcoming product launches. According to these sources, the new hardware is expected to arrive between March 20 and March 24.
Eye Smart Case for iPhone

Eye smart case with built-in Android phone for iPhone 7

Want two phones in one? Look no further than the Eye iPhone case that provides a full-fledged Android phone on the back.
The Powermat standard includes the ability to log things like how much time a user spends charging, so it's more popular among businesses. (Source: 9to5mac)

Wireless charging company Powermat pledges compatibility with upcoming iPhones

Powermat says it intends to support whatever wireless charging system Apple comes up with, reassuring businesses and consumers that it would not leave iPhone users high and dry if Apple was to go an unconventional route.
Apple iPhone sales make up almost 80 percent of the company's profits

Apple iPhone sales make up almost 80 percent of the company's profits

Samsung and Apple may be almost neck-to-neck in terms of smartphone market share, but it's the Cupertino company that takes home nearly all the profits to be made.
As of March 2017, about 97.2% of Android devices may be vulnerable to exploits in WikiLeaks' latest documents. (Picture source: Android Developers)

Google says it has patched exploits used by the CIA

Google is confident that the latest versions of Android and Chrome are not vulnerable to the hacking tools detailed in the latest Wikileaks dump. Older versions of the software, however, may still be vulnerable.
The 2018 iPhone could feature a high performance GPU based on a new architecture. (Source: Wikipedia)

New mobile GPU architecture could power the 2018 iPhone

Apple supplier Imagination Technologies announces new PowerVR mobile GPU architecture that they say will boast 35 percent GFLOPS density improvement, 80 percent fillrate density improvement for user interface and casual gaming, and 70 to 90 percent gaming density improvement. It could hit the market by the end of 2018.
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Firefox v52 brings WebAssembly to the browser. (Source: Mozilla)

Firefox 52 released

The update brings WebAssembly, which brings near-native performance to web-based apps.
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 March 2017.
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Nintendo's Joy-Con controllers can be held independently in each hand. (Source: Nintendo)

Nintendo's Joy-Con controllers for Switch can connect to PCs, Macs, and Android

The controllers are not exclusive to Nintendo's Switch. They can sync with Windows, OS X, and Android devices, offering a unique play experience and more controller options for gamers.
The iPhone 6 leads the failure rates, followed by the 6s. (Source: Blancco Technology Group)

Research firm finds iPhone failure rate increasing, eclipsing Android

Research firm Blancco has found that iPhones have become remarkably less reliable over the past five quarters. At the same time, Android phones have increased in reliability significantly.
Even as the smartphone market slows down, iPhone sales have bounced back due to its loyal customer base. (Source: Nikkei Asian Review)

Apple's iPhone refresh details get further confirmation

In light of new information, Nikkei Asian Review now states that Apple's iPhone 8 will feature three configurations, one of which is the 5.8-inch OLED version. In addition, we're also getting two smaller versions of the iPhone 8 sometime this year.
The Litebook is a rebranded Chinese laptop running Linux that retails for $249. (Source: Litebook)

Litebook laptop brings Linux at low cost

The $249 laptop runs elementary OS, a Linux distribution. The Litebook looks to compete with Chromebooks while offering a full desktop operating system.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones under 300 Euros

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones under 300 Euros

February 2017 update. Here you will find the best smartphones under 300 Euros (~$340) 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 120 Euros

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones under 120 Euros

February 2017 update. Here you will find the best smartphones under 120 Euros (~$130) 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

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones

February 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 Phablets (>5.5-inch)

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

February 2017 update. Here's a list of the best XL-sized smartphones - with screen sizes of 5.5 inches and greater - 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 (≤5-inch)

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

February 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.
Source: Verizon

Verizon will pilot 5G wireless speeds in the U.S. this year

The wireless giant will begin rolling out 5G connectivity in 11 urban centers during the first half of 2017. The new protocol will only be available to select customers.
Mac Otakara has stated that Apple may update their current iPad Pro and iPhone lines in March. (Source: Otakara)

Apple rumored to update iPad Pro, iPhones in March

According to Japanese website Mac Otakara, the Cupertino Giant will add several new sizes of iPad Pro and new colors to the iPhone SE and iPhone 7 lines.
Showtime Glass offers screen protection with some glitz. (Source: MOXYO)

Glitz and glam on the go: MOXYO Showtime Glass adds sparkle to your iPhone's screen

Showtime Glass is a tempered glass screen protector for iPhones. It has embedded glitter that "sparkles in any light condition" but is not visible when the display is on.
Of the top five market leaders in China, only Apple and Xiaomi saw a year-on-year decrease in shipments. (Source: Canalys)

Xiaomi overtakes Apple in China

Chinese smartphone makers Huawei, Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi have surged ahead of Apple in recent quarters, leaving Apple in fifth place in terms of market share.
Winstron is a major Taiwanese contracted electronics manufacturer. (Source: Winstron)

Apple hopes to take over the Indian market with locally made iPhone SE

An industry source has reported that Apple will begin assembling the iPhone SE in India, through Taiwanese ODM Winstron. Assembling Apple's cheapest handset in India will help make the phone more accessible for the vast majority of the Indian market.
Apple MacBook Pro 15 (Late 2016, 2.7 GHz, 455) Notebook Review

88% Apple MacBook Pro 15 (Late 2016, 2.7 GHz, 455) Notebook Review

The perfect balance? We also review the mainstream configuration of the new MacBook Pro 15. The test model is faster than the entry-level spec thanks to the Core i7-6820HQ and the AMD Radeon Pro 455, but is it worth the additional price?
Intel Core i7-6820HQ | AMD Radeon Pro 455 | 15.4" | 1.8 kg
The "right to repair" legislation would legally require companies such as Apple to provide parts and service manuals for their products. (Source: repair.org)

Apple will once again fight to kill "right to repair" legislation: Source

Apple iPhone 7 flagship successor to use OLED panels made by Samsung

Apple orders 60 million OLED panels from Samsung

Last year, Samsung Display struck a deal to supply 100 million OLED panels to Apple for the upcoming iPhone 8, and now they have just signed up for an additional 60 million units, worth around $4.3 billion.
Verizon will begin offering plans with uncapped mobile data February 13th. (Source: Verizon)

Verizon will offer unlimited data plans starting February 13th

Big Red goes uncapped with its new unlimited data plan, an interesting move for a company known for restrictive mobile data caps. Is this a response to increasing market pressure from T-Mobile?
Even though the information about the iPhone 8 comes from the supply chain, take all information with a grain of salt. (Source: Mac Rumors)

iPhone 8 to feature iris scanner, insider sources say

This latest news confirms a number of features that Apple insiders and users have said will almost certainly be in the next iPhone. Most interestingly, the sources mentioned an iris scanner, a feature that appeared in the Galaxy Note 7 and will appear in the upcoming Samsung flagship devices.
Xiaomi may be making its own line of SoCs, codenamed "Pinecone." (Source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi may be making its own mobile SoC, codenamed "Pinecone"

Xiaomi may be joining Huawei as the second Chinese smartphone company to manufacture a mobile system-on-a-chip, or SoC.
Speculators are still debating whether the anniversary iPhone will be called the iPhone 8 or the more dramatic iPhone X. (Source: Fast Company)

Upcoming anniversary iPhone could set buyers back upward of $1000

The new OLED screen that stretches across the entire front of the phone is the primary reason for the price hike, sources say, as it may be costing Apple twice as much as the LCD used in current iPhones.
Android Wear 2.0 brings better cellular calling to supported smartwatches. (Source: Google)

Google releases Android Wear 2.0

The update brings several new features to Android smartwatches including improved fitness tracking, better message response options, and Google Assistant.
Apple iOS 10 lockscreen, iOS 10.3 beta 2 rolls out

Apple iOS 10.3 beta 2 rolls out to developers

This second beta build arrives two weeks after the first one that included new App Store APIs, a Find My AirPods feature, and also enabled calls on iCloud-connected devices for Verizon Wireless customers.
The new sensor can create 64x slow motion video clips. (Source: Sony)

Super Slow: Sony develops smartphone camera capable of recording 1080p at almost 1,000 fps

The new sensor can capture 19.3 megapixel still images in 1/120 seconds and can record 1080p video at 960 fps, allowing for incredible slow-motion playback.
Apple MacBook Pro 15 (Late 2016 2.9 GHz, 460) Notebook Review

89% Apple MacBook Pro 15 (Late 2016 2.9 GHz, 460) Notebook Review

Top specification. We have already reviewed the entry-level of the new Apple MacBook Pro 15. Our test sample today is the high-end SKU, and the graphics card AMD Radeon Pro 460 is particularly interesting.
Intel Core i7-6920HQ | AMD Radeon Pro 460 | 15.4" | 1.8 kg
Apple iPhone 7 smartphone

Apple to start making iPhones in Bangalore

As the Indian market grows, Apple seeks to take advantage of this trend and plans to start manufacturing smartphones locally as soon as this April. The location chosen for the plant is Bangalore, India's technology hub.
LG fixes 5K UltraFine monitors to shield them from WiFi routers

LG fixes 5K UltraFine monitors to shield them from WiFi routers

LG's new UltraFine displays would fail when placed within 2 meters (~6 feet) of a WiFi router. LG has stated they will add additional shield to all future units to correct the problem.
Microsoft Outlook mobile improved calendar, now support for add-ons also available

Microsoft Outlook for iOS receives add-on support

Microsoft has just teamed up with Evernote, Giphy, Nimble, Trello, and Smartsheet to deliver the first third-party extensions to Outlook on iOS, but the road is now open to other developers as well.
It may have taken years, but the deal to cut down roaming costs is finally paying off. (Source: Pocket Now)

EU is on the verge of removing roaming charges for good

After June 15, travelers will be able to go anywhere within EU borders without having to pay any extra fees. Everyone will pay the same price, and there will be no exceptions to this rule. Everybody wins.
Firefox OS and the team behind it are officially gone. (Source: Mozilla)

Mozilla eliminates Firefox OS development team

After discontinuing Firefox OS in September, Mozilla has now disbanded the development team and will be laying off 50 employees.
The 2016 MacBook Pros saw the introduction of Apple's T1 chip, which handled Touch Bar and Touch ID operation. (Source: Apple)

Apple's ARM chips may play a greater role in future Macs

Inside sources claim that Apple is working on a new ARM SoC for their future laptops, dubbed the T310. The T310 would be able to handle an expanded array of operations during low-power mode instead of the Intel CPU.
Apple iPhone 6S smartphone, Apple leading the global smartphone market

Apple dominates the smartphone market

Global smartphone shipments reached a record 1.49 billion units back in 2016, while Apple managed to beat Samsung and to grab the leading position in the fourth quarter, thanks to the Note 7 disaster.

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Redaktion, 2013-05- 8 (Update: 2013-09-27)