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Google Pixel 2 Smartphone Review

90% Google Pixel 2 Smartphone Review

Small, but powerful! The smallish Pixel 2 smartphone features a 5-inch 16:9 display. In addition to being slightly cheaper, this is the only difference when compared with its bigger brother. The camera has managed to impress us but battery life is a little on the short side.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998) | Qualcomm Adreno 540 | 5" | 143 g
References to device '88208020' popup in the Microsoft Store. (Source: Windows Central)

Project Andromeda app listing spotted in the Microsoft Store

A listing on the Microsoft Store could give further impetus to the fact that Microsoft could be testing app development on an unknown platform, currently designated '8828080'. Interestingly, the number also refers to Microsoft's telephone in Redmond.
Apple had a lot of explaining to do after the recent reports of iPhone slowdowns. (Source: Steemit)

HTC and Motorola say slowing down older phones is not their cup of tea

In emails to The Verge, HTC and Motorola have clarified that they do not slow down phones as the batteries start wearing out. This comes in the wake of Apple's now controversial policy of slowing down phones with ageing batteries.
Top 10 bezel-less laptops for Late 2017

Top 10 bezel-less laptops for Late 2017

More content, less bezel. 2017 has been the year of not just hardware advancements, but aesthetics as well. Laptops that could offer more immersive experiences due to narrow bezels were suddenly being preferred over conventional designs. In this article, we will take a look at some of the laptops that have managed to lure buyers by virtue of their nearly bezel-less displays.
Beta builds of Android Oreo for the LG G6 have started rolling out to Chinese users. (Source: GFan BBS)

LG G6 undergoing beta testing for Android Oreo

The LG G6 will be soon receiving the Android Oreo update as beta testing has started for users in China. This follows on the heels of the LG V30 receiving the final Oreo build in South Korea a few days ago.
Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017)

The best alternatives to the Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017)

Big and superior? The Galaxy J7 is almost always on the short list when it comes to a mid-range 5.5-inch screen smartphone. However, the competition never sleeps and there are now plenty of good deals in the same price range. Are they also real alternatives?
Eelo prototype software running on a LeEco Le2. (Source: eelo)

Eelo, the Google-less Android OS from the creator of Mandrake Linux

Eelo is a new non-profit project started by the founder of Mandrake Linux with the goal of creating a fully open-source smartphone environment (Android, associated software, and associated services). It is in the early stages but they already have some functioning Google-less prototypes.
Huawei Mate 10 Pro Smartphone Review

92% Huawei Mate 10 Pro Smartphone Review

Wow, but with minor pitfalls. With the Pro version of the Mate 10 series, we currently have the strongest Huawei smartphone in our test. The storage equipment and camera have been improved, and the Chinese phone now has an OLED screen in the 2:1 format. Together with the Kirin 970, a SoC that has an additional NPU is used. Sounds great, but Huawei has made cuts in some places.
Update: Firmware B127 with improved power consumption and Amazon Video app. Update: Testing completed.
HiSilicon Kirin 970 | ARM Mali-G72 MP12 | 6" | 178 g
The 'Surface Phone' is rumored to be foldable device like the Microsoft Courier. (Source: All About Windows Phone)

Microsoft India chief keeps the possibility of a 'Surface Phone' open

In an interview to Digit, Microsoft India President, Anant Maheswari, did not deny the existence of a Surface Phone but also did not reply in the affirmative. He also touched upon some points about the broader availability of Microsoft products and services in the Indian market.
The Moto G4 Plus can now be flashed with a 64-bit custom ROM.

64-bit custom ROM support now available for the Moto G4 Plus

The Moto G4 Plus can now get 64-bit custom ROMs thanks to the fine folks at XDA. Except for the system server process, all other processes now run in native 64-bit code.
LG has announced Android Oreo rollout for the South Korean market. (Source: LG)

LG V30 gets a taste of Oreo in South Korea sans Treble

LG has announced on its Korean website that it is rolling out Android 8.0 Oreo to its V30 handset. The update is currently rolling out in the Korean market but users have found that it does not support Project Treble.
Huawei's purported 2018 roadmap. (Source:

Huawei's leaked roadmap gives a glimpse of what's to come in 2018, P20 in tow

A roadmap of what is supposed to come out of Huawei's stables in 2018 has surfaced during one of the presentations by the handset maker's Israeli importer. While we are already aware of the upcoming Mate 10 series, there was a revelation of sorts about the P20 sometime in Q2 2018.
BQ Aquaris V

83% BQ Aquaris V Smartphone Review

Surprise! The mid-range smartphone Aquaris V from BQ surprises with its accurate GPS module and fast WLAN. However, we did not expect the comparatively low processor performance. So is it a positive or a negative surprise?
Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 | Qualcomm Adreno 505 | 5.2" | 165 g
If user benchmarks are correct, then Apple might be throttling CPU speed on older iPhones to preserve battery life. (Source: Pixabay)

UPDATE | More evidence of Apple throttling the CPU in iPhones with worn batteries

More users of older iPhones are now claiming an improvement in performance after a battery replacement. One posted a couple of screenshots on Twitter showing the CPU being underclocked to less than half of its stock speed before returning to normal after a new battery was swapped in. Updated with response from Apple.
Apple is contemplating on an unified app development model similar to Microsoft's UWP. (Source: Microsoft)

Apple mulling at unified app development a la Microsoft's UWP

Apple is looking for a way to 'converge a toaster and a refrigerator' by means of creating its own version of a unified app platform similar to what Microsoft currently has in Windows 10. The unified app platform will enable apps to seamlessly scale and work across iOS and macOS.
HP EliteBook x360 1020 G2 (i7-7600U, FHD Sure View) Convertible Review

89% HP EliteBook x360 1020 G2 (i7-7600U, FHD Sure View) Convertible Review

Spectre Elite. The EliteBook 1020 G2 is a great example of the merging between sleek consumer designs and feature-heavy business configurations. It's inarguably faster and thinner than the 1020 G1, but not without some cutbacks that longtime EliteBook owners may lament.
Intel Core i7-7600U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 12.5" | 1.1 kg
Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 (i5-7200U, QHD) Convertible Review

80% Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 (i5-7200U, QHD) Convertible Review

Robust. Panasonic's Toughbook is well-protected against dust, liquids, and falls. In addition to a robust case, the 12-inch detachable offers powerful hardware and many connections. The battery life is good.
Intel Core i5-7300U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 12" | 2.8 kg
Samsung Galaxy S8 broken glass cover

Self-healing, repairable glass developed in Japan

A team of researchers from the University of Tokyo has just developed a new type of glass that could finally allow phone manufacturers to build handsets like the iPhone X or the Galaxy Note 8 with shatter-resistant back covers.
Razer is offering a free Bluetooth speaker with its phone for a limited time. (Source: Razer)

Razer offering free Leviathan Mini speaker with its Razer Phone

Razer is offering a free Leviathan Mini portable Bluetooth speaker worth US$179 with its Razer Phone for a limited time. The deal lasts until December 20 or while stocks last.
Why Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) is such a headache

Why Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) is such a headache

We often make a big deal about low-frequency Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) in our detailed reviews of displays, but why is it such a negative? This articles takes a detailed look into Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) as a technology and why certain PWM frequencies can be harmful to people.
Intel Core i5-6300HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M | 15.6" | 2 kg
The Vivo Xplay 7 will be the first smartphone to feature Clear ID. (Source: Forbes)

Vivo Xplay 7 will be first with under-screen fingerprint tech

The Vivo Xplay 7 has been revealed as the first smartphone to ship featuring under-display fingerprint authentication technology. Clear ID, developed by Synaptics, is twice as fast as 3D facial recognition systems like Apple's Face ID.
LG V30 Smartphone Review

89% LG V30 Smartphone Review

Bright prospects. With the LG V30, the Koreans now show a real high-end smartphone, which offers strong video features and an improved dual camera. LG has taken the complaints about the G6 for the German market to heart and also offers the device with wireless charging and quad-DAC audio here as well.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998) | Qualcomm Adreno 540 | 6" | 158 g
AR Stickers on Pixel is powered by the new Google ARCore tech. (Source: Google)

Google's Project Tango is dead, long live ARCore

Google has announced that it is leaving Project Tango behind for its new ARCore technology. Similar to Apple's ARKit, Google's ARCore will power software-driven AR experiences on Android smartphones.
Samsung Notebook 9 (2018) ultrabook (Source: Samsung)

CES 2018 | Samsung Notebook 9 Pen and Samsung Notebook 9 (2018) now official

The Samsung Notebook 9 Pen with the built-in S Pen and the two Notebook 9 (2018) models without a bundled stylus come with 8th generation Intel Core processors and should hit South Korea later this month. These new ultrabooks will be shown at CES 2018 and are scheduled to go on sale in the US in the first quarter of 2018.
Essential continues to develop its Essential Phone PH-1. (Source: Essential)

Essential Phone getting Treble, double tap to wake, EIS

Despite apparently weak sales, Essential appears to be committed to developing its Essential Phone PH-1. In its latest Reddit AMA, the company revealed it is bringing Treble, tap to wake and EIS to the device in the forthcoming Android 8.0 Oreo update.
Google Assistant will soon be available on most Android devices. (Source: Google)

Google Assistant coming to Android tablets, older phones

Google is continuing its rollout of Assistant to older Android devices, including tablets for the first time. First introduced on the Pixel last year as an exclusive feature, it has been some time coming.
Samsung Galaxy J5

The Best Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) Alternatives

One affordable mid-range smartphone to rule them all? Samsung's Galaxy J5 is still a very popular smartphone in 2017 - an overall more than a decent package at a low price. There are, however, other worthy and affordable smartphones as well. In this comparison, we take a look at possible alternatives to the Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017).
The Huami AmazFit Smart Sports Watch 2 features a 1.34-inch color display protected by a 2.5D sapphire front piece. (Source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi presents the new Huami AmazFit 2 smartwatch

The Huami AmazFit Smart Sports Watch 2 is only available in China for the moment, but Xiaomi plans to launch it for the Western markets under the AmazFit Pace 2 name later on. The successor of the popular Amazfit Pace comes with a more sturdy body and upgraded processing power, along with a new Watch 2.0 version. There is a premium US$200 version that adds a...
Under-display fingerprint tech coming from Synaptics in January (Source: Digtal Trends)

Under-screen fingerprint tech due January on flagship phone

A unnamed high-end smartphone will arrive with Synaptics new Clear ID under-display fingerprint authentication tech in January. According to Synaptics, the new technology is twice as fast as 3D facial recognition technology as featured on the iPhone X.
Nintendo has now sold over 10 million Switch gaming consoles. (Source: Nintendo)

Nintendo shifts 10 million Switch consoles

Nintendo seems to have a bonafide hit on its hands with the Nintendo Switch. Less than three months after announcing it had crested 7 million sales, it has revealed it has just crossed the 10 million sold threshold.
The new HP EliteBook 1020 G2 and 1040 G4 are the brightest business laptops available (Source: HP)

The new HP EliteBook 1020 G2 and 1040 G4 are the brightest business laptops available

The 700 nit panels of the 12.5-inch EliteBook 1020 G2 and 14-inch 1040 G4 are brighter than even the MacBook Pro 13 and over twice the brightness of the XPS 13.
Razer Blade (2017) UHD Laptop Review

86% Razer Blade (2017) UHD Laptop Review

Christmas tree in UHD. A fully configurable RGB keyboard backlight is one of Razer's most distinctive features. In time for the holiday season, Razer has released a UHD variant of the Kaby Lake and GTX 1060-powered Razer Blade notebook, best to be showcased with opened lid underneath the Christmas tree.
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop) | 14" | 1.9 kg
The UAprof file shows references to a new Huawei tablet. (Source: Mobielkopen)

Rumor | References to a new Huawei tablet surface online, purportedly the MediaPad M4

Some references to what could be the successor to the MediaPad M3 have surfaced online via an UAprof.xml file. The references point to a similar display resolution as the M3 and the OS version to be Android 8 Oreo.
New characters available on (Source: Remix3D)

Ring in the spirit of the holidays with Microsoft's new Paint 3D ad

The new commercial showcases the capabilities of Microsoft's Paint 3D app while also driving home a message of inclusion and celebration — just the right theme for the holiday season.
Storyboard is one of three new experimental apps launched by Google. (Source: Google)

Google launches camera "appsperiments" for Android and iOS

Google has released three new experimental apps for both Android and iOS devices. Each utilizes experimental stabilisation and rendering algorithms to deliver fun and interesting visual effects.
Your iPhone could slow down due to an ageing battery. (Source: User TeckFire on Reddit)

Apple allegedly throttling older iPhones with degraded batteries

A user on Reddit has posted potential evidence that Apple could be throttling older iPhones relative to the output battery voltage to prevent them from drawing too much power. Although this is not the first instance of throttling on iPhones, it surely has been a subject of much debate.
Is demand for the iPhone X weaker than forecast? (Source: Apple)

Demand for iPhone X components could be softening

Demand for the iPhone X could be below expectations according to a report coming out of the Taiwanese supply chain. With shipping times improving dramatically in recently, the report could be accurate.
Android Wear based on Oreo is starting to roll out for compatible devices. (Source: Google)

Google lists Android Wear devices in line for Oreo update

Google has revealed the list of Android Wear devices that will be getting an update to Android Oreo. The upgrade looks more about bringing the Wear base OS inline with the Android smartphone OS, rather than bringing major new features.
Motorola Moto G5s

83% Motorola Moto G5s Smartphone

Camera evolution. The special edition of the Moto G5 is intended to add to Motorola's selection of mid-range smartphones, and there have been a number of changes to make that happen. Most notably, the camera has been significantly enhanced. In our review, we will ascertain whether this will prove a marked improvement in everyday use.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 | Qualcomm Adreno 505 | 5.2" | 157 g
Lenovo Miix 520 (i5-8250U, FHD) Convertible Review

82% Lenovo Miix 520 (i5-8250U, FHD) Convertible Review

The Surface Pro alternative. Faster than the fastest Surface Pro and cheaper as well, the Lenovo tablet returns with Kaby Lake-R to boost the Miix family back on top.
Intel Core i5-8250U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 12.2" | 1.2 kg
Applications that misuse the accessibility service to add beneficial features for their users get a short pause from Google. (Source: JuralMin/Pixabay)

Google decides to re-evaluate whether they remove apps that misuse accessibility services, such as LastPass and Tasker

Google has asked developers whose apps use the accessibility permission to email them with how their app uses this permission to enhance user experience so that they can assess "responsible and innovative" use of the permission. While doing this they have put a pause on the 30 day 'modify or remove' notification they had previously given developers.
The Asus NovaGo SD835-powered covertible. (Source: Ultrabookreview)

First benchmarks of the Asus NovaGo TP370QL — the Snapdragon-powered Windows notebook

The Asus NovaGo is one of the first notebooks to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC. Initial impressions of the notebook seem to be positive but performance numbers seem to be behind even low-end x86 CPUs.
The Most Popular Laptops of Late 2017

The Most Popular Laptops of Late 2017

Wisdom of the crowd? The Amazon Bestseller list is usually a good indication of which laptops capture buyers' attention and what users generally look forward to when buying a notebook. In this article, we take a look at some of the notebooks that have made it to the Amazon bestsellers list in the Laptop Computers category.
The Onyx Boox Max 2 Pro is a quad-core E-Ink tablet coming this month for $800

The Onyx Boox Max 2 Pro is a quad-core E-Ink tablet coming this month for $800

The Onyx Boox Max 2 Pro is a powerful (if expensive) eReader tablet with a huge 13.3-inch hi-res E-Ink display. The reader boasts a quad-core processor, a full version of Android 6.0, and a highly responsive E-Ink display, but there are a few drawbacks.
Acer Spin 5 SP515-51GN (i7-8550U, GTX 1050, 8 GB) Convertible Review

82% Acer Spin 5 SP515-51GN (i7-8550U, GTX 1050, 8 GB) Convertible Review

More than just a convertible! Above all else, the Acer Spin 5 is a 15-inch convertible. However excitement is aplenty, because Intel’s latest Core i7-8550U and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 are what we have under the hood here. Whether this convertible laptop can function as a gaming notebook you shall learn in this extensive review.
Intel Core i7-8550U | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook) | 15.6" | 2.3 kg
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact Smartphone Review

89% Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact Smartphone Review

A wolf in sheep's clothing. Housed in its little 4.6-inch case, the Sony Xperia XZ1 embraces an understated style. But underneath that unassuming exterior lurks a full-fledged, high-end smartphone that can compete with the likes of the Apple iPhone 8 and other heavyweights. It is also one of the first smartphones to run Android 8.0. Here you will find everything you need to know about this little Sony powerhouse.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998) | Qualcomm Adreno 540 | 4.6" | 143 g
The camera has been a major advertising focus for Huawei since their partnership with German camera maker, Leica. (Source: Huawei)

Leaked advertising material indicates Huawei P11 might have triple 40 MP rear lens and 5x Hybrid zoom

Huawei has been steadily improving their phone cameras to compete with the best available from the competition. Now four advertising posters have leaked via the portfolio of a creative agency that works with Huawei showing that the PCE series will have a triple rear-lens setup with 40 MP sensors.
Lenovo Yoga 520-14IKB (i5-7200U, 256 GB SSD) Laptop Review

81% Lenovo Yoga 520-14IKB (i5-7200U, 256 GB SSD) Laptop Review

Weak chest. While the new Intel processors represent the biggest performance boost in years, the Lenovo Yoga 520-14IKB is still equipped with older Kaby Lake processors. You can find out in this extensive test, why the convertible did not receive our final recommendation.
Intel Core i5-7200U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.7 kg
The Asus NovaGo promises more than 20 hours battery life. (Source: Qualcomm)

Updated | Asus announces the NovaGo convertible — the first Windows-on-Snapdragon device with all day long battery life

Asus has announced the NovaGo convertible — the world's first Gigabit LTE laptop powered by the Snapdragon 835 running full Windows 10. The notebook promises always-on connectivity and purportedly offers more than 20 hours of battery life.
AMD will soon launch Ryzen SoCs with integrated LTE modems. (Source: Qualcomm)

Always-on LTE connectivity coming soon to a Ryzen-powered laptop near you

AMD announced its partnership with Qualcomm to integrate the latter's X16 LTE modem on Ryzen APUs, thereby, bringing always-on LTE connectivity to high-performance notebooks.

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