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Amazon price history provided by camelcamelcamel shows that the EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW card peaked close to $610 from third-party sellers. (Source: camelcamelcamel)

Increased demand drives up prices for NVIDIA cards

Price history on Amazon shows that there has been a sizable price hike for NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards, like the ever-popular GTX 1070. This spike in pricing has been attributed to increased demand at the hands of cryptocurrency miners, who use the cards to drive powerful "mining" rigs.
This year's Nvidia April Fool's joke becomes a reality (Source: Nvidia)

This year's Nvidia April Fool's joke is now a reality

The software may still be a pipe dream, but at least some lucky few will get to own a very cool-looking 64 GB USB thumb drive. Gamers have until the end of this week to register and be included in the drawing.
The G4 Plus isn't as pretty as the Galaxy S8, but it's a lot more durable. (Source: B&H)

Deal: One of the best budget smartphones, the Moto G4 Plus, is on sale for US$149

A mid-range handset with a budget price, the Moto G4 Plus is now on sale for cheaper than ever at US$149 — US$100 off the starting price.
LG G6 Android flagship gets one extra year of warranty in the US

LG G6 users in the US get one extra year of warranty

To keep its latest flagship relevant in a very competitive market, LG has decided to extend the limited warranty for the G6 to two years. Sadly, the Second Year Promise program is only available in the US.
Trade in your old MacBook or iPad and get up to US$850 off a new Surface. (Source: Microsoft)

Today marks the global launch of the Surface Pro and Surface Laptop

The Surface Laptop and Surface Pro from Microsoft are now both available around the world in 25 different countries. In the US and Canada, Microsoft has launched a program that allows a user to turn in an older computer for up to US$850 credit towards a new Surface device.
Archos Sense 55s Android smartphone with dual-camera setup

Archos intros four new Android smartphones

These new handsets target the mid-range market sector, offering rich sets of features for their prices, including dual-camera setups (only for the Sense 55s and Diamond Alpha). All are expected to hit the market next month.
Looks great and costs little—the Samsung Chromebook Plus on Amazon is currently a steal. (Source: Amazon)

Get the versatile Samsung Chromebook Plus at its lowest price yet

It's a Chrome OS laptop and an Android tablet, and it's currently at its lowest price ever. You can get the recently-released Samsung Chromebook Plus from Amazon for only $379 while the deal lasts.
Buy a laptop with GTX 1080 graphics and get Destiny 2 for free

Buy a laptop with GTX 1080 graphics and get Destiny 2 for free

If you're going to purchase a $3000+ laptop or $500+ graphics card within the next two weeks, then you may as well get a free game while supplies last.
Samsung Z4 smartphone to launch soon in South Africa

Samsung Z4 heading for South Africa

Less than a year after the Z2 (launched back in September in the country), the Tizen 3.0-driven Samsung Z4 is scheduled to hit South Africa via Vodacom for a price tag of around $100 USD.
Intel might have a lot of patents on their x86 architecture, but experts doubt Qualcomm would take such a risk if they were liable. (Source: Intel)

Intel bares its teeth at Qualcomm over Snapdragon-powered PCs

Intel has suggested it views Qualcomm's x86 emulation technology as a serious threat and potentially a violation of its intellectual property rights. Whether Qualcomm's technology (which allows Snapdragon CPUs to run full Windows 10) actually does infringe on Intel's IP remains to be proved.
The Dell XPS 12 with detachable keyboard. (Source: Dell)

Amazon has a pretty good deal on a 4K 2-in-1 Dell laptop right now

If you're on the hunt for a cheap 2-in-1 notebook with a 4K touchscreen, look no further than the Dell XPS 12. Currently selling on Amazon for just over half-price, this laptop may not be packing the latest and greatest but suffices for general tasks.
T-Mobile current giveaway, as of this writing, is a gamer's dream prize. (Source: Twitter)

T-Mobile Tuesday's huge anniversary giveaways are live, so get them before they're gone!

T-Mobile is celebrating the first anniversary of its popular giveaway program with its biggest prizes yet. From free phones to gift cards to unlimited pizza, it's all there for the taking, but only for today.
Razer running cross-country "experience tour" to promote its products

Razer running cross-country Summer "experience tour" to promote its products

Razer will be crashing various upcoming trade fairs, conventions, and shows across the US with #RazerTour booths focusing on VR, gaming, and prizes.
Nvidia is claiming that the MX150 will provide up to 3-times the performance-per-watt as the 940MX. (Source: Nvidia)

Nvidia's power-efficient MX150 notebook GPU officially released

Nvidia has made its low-cost and power-efficient MX150 official today. The Pascal-based GPU is touted to beat its closest predecessor, the 940MX, in both flat-out performance and performance-per-watt.
Gearbest hosting sale on more Chuwi tablets and convertibles

Gearbest hosting sale on more Chuwi tablets and convertibles

The 14-inch and 15-inch LapBooks and Hi13, Hi10 Pro, Hi10 Plus, and Hi12 tablets are now slightly cheaper to make room for their successors.
Samsung Z4 Tizen smartphone launching in India for less than $90 USD

Samsung Z4 coming to India for less than $90 USD

The Tizen platform lives on thanks to this 4.5-inch handset that comes with a quad-core processor, 1 GB RAM, 4G LTE support, and is scheduled to go on sale in India later this week for around $90 USD.
ZTE Blade X Max Android phablet with 6-inch full HD display and quad-core Snapdragon processor

ZTE Blade X Max hits Cricket Wireless

This 6-inch phablet is now official and has the specs mentioned by the latest rumors, including a quad-core Snapdragon processor, 2 GB RAM, and 32 GB internal storage. The price can go as low as $99 USD for new Cricket Wireless customers (regular price is $150 USD).
Chuwi slashes price of Hi10 Pro tablet to $172 USD

Chuwi slashes price of Hi10 Pro tablet to $172 USD

The 10.1-inch Windows/Android hybrid tablet with Intel Atom Cherry Trail SoC gets a small temporary price cut to make room for the upcoming Hi13 and SurBook series.
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.
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 budget-friendly ZTE Max XL is exclusive to Boost Mobile. (Source: Sprint)

ZTE Max XL is a new budget phone exclusive to Boost Mobile

Boost Mobile has a new option for customers who want a large phone at a small price: the ZTE Max XL. The handset features a 6-inch display, fingerprint sensor, and the latest Android OS, all for as low as $102.
Sony Xperia XA1 Android smartphone now up for pre-order in the US

Sony Xperia XA1 pre-orders begin next Monday

This mid-range Android smartphone that arrived at the end of February during the MWC 2017 trade show will soon be up for purchase in the US. Those interested can get it unlocked for $299.99 USD.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Android flagship available via BOGO deal on Sprint

Sprint offering two Galaxy S8 flagships for the price of one

This deal targets both new and existing customers, who can lease two Galaxy S8 flagships for the price of a single one, but those interested should hurry up and take advantage of it before April 27.
The GP72X features a 17.3" screen and up to an Nvidia GTX 1060 in a portable package. (Source: MSI)

MSI unveils thin-and-light GP62X and GP72X Leopard Pro gaming notebooks

Starting at $1,099, both notebooks pack at GTX 1050, GTX 1050 Ti, or GTX 1060 (3 GB) into a relatively small and light chassis.
The HTC U Ultra, seen here in Sapphire Blue. (Source: HTC)

HTC U Ultra is already discounted just weeks after its release

Just days before the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S8, HTC has put its premium HTC U Ultra handset on sale. The Snapdragon 821-powered device is $150 off for the rest of the week.
Teclast X5 Pro Windows 10 tablet with Intel Kaby Lake processor

Teclast X5 Pro now available for $499.99 USD

This tablet can be acquired for $499.99 USD without the magnetic detachable keyboard, its specs including a 12.2-inch display, the Intel Core m3-7Y30 processor, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB internal storage, all with Windows 10 on top.
The Google Pixel has had trouble staying in stock due to display shortages. (Image source: Google)

Google invests $880 million in LG's OLED technology

The investment is meant to shore up supply of LG's flexible OLED displays that Google plans to use in their next flagship smartphone.
Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ Asiana Airlines Edition handsets coming a single batch of just 2,000 units

Samsung Galaxy S8 Asiana Airlines Edition coming this month

South Korea's second-largest commercial airline teamed up with Samsung to offer a special edition of both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ to its customers. These exclusive handsets can only be purchased using mileage points.
Vivo V5 Plus Limited Edition Android handset with Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 and dual front camera setup

Vivo V5 Plus Limited Edition launches in India

This cricket-themed handset comes to mark the tenth IPL edition and has the same technical specs as the regular Vivo V5 Plus, being powered by the Snapdragon 625 processor and rocking a dual camera setup for selfies.
ZTE Prestige 2 Android smartphone with 5-inch display, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB storage and sub-$80 USD price tag

ZTE Prestige 2 now available in the US

This 5-inch handset comes with a 1.1 GHz quad-core processor, 5 MP cameras, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage, and runs Android Marshmallow, all for a price tag of just $79.99 USD.
The original Starcraft is now available for free as a public beta. (Source: Blizzard)

Blizzard releases original Starcraft for free

The title is currently available for free on Technically a public beta test of version 1.18, the single player campaign is available in its entirety, and multiplayer is available through PTR.
Qatar Airways' new service loans passengers a replacement laptop. (Source: Qatar Airways)

No laptop, no problem: Qatar Airways will lend you one of theirs

Business class passengers affected by the recent electronics ban can now borrow a replacement laptop, courtesy of Qatar Airways. Other passengers are not afforded that luxury, unfortunately.
Unlocked BIOS free with Eurocom Tornado F5 for a limited time

Unlocked BIOS free with Eurocom Tornado F5 for a limited time

New purchases of the 15.6-inch Tornado F5 will be ready to overclock without any additional charges. The notebook is notable for its use of upgradeable LGA 1151 processors and MXM 3.0b graphics cards.
OnePlus 3T Midnight Black limited edition Android flagship now available

OnePlus 3T Midnight Black now available for purchase

One week ago, the Chinese brand finally announced the arrival of a Midnight Black color option that would join the existing Gunmetal and Soft Gold. Now, the blackness unfolds with a price tag of $479 USD.
Google Play store gets Free App of the Week section

Google Play gets a "Free App of the Week" section

This new section is apparently available for US users only at this time. Out of the roughly three million apps on Google Play, the first one to be featured as the "Free App of the Week" is the $2.99 USD Card Wars - Adventure Time by Cartoon Network.
The ad-supported Amazon Moto G5 Plus. (Source: Amazon)

Amazon offers a cheaper, ad-supported Moto G5 Plus to Prime members

Hello, lock screen ads—Amazon's Moto G5 Plus features a lower price in exchange for regular advertisements. Aside from that, it's the same as its non-branded counterpart: specs, looks and all.
FreedomPop V7 Android smartphone, FreedomPop intros $5 USD family plan with 1 GB data

FreedomPop intros $5 USD prepaid family plan

While other carriers in the US introduce unlimited data plans, FreedomPop focuses on affordability. Its new plan starts at $5 USD per line a month, offering unlimited text, talk, and 1 GB of shareable data.
Samsung Gear S3 Classic smartwatch with LTE coming soon

Samsung Gear S3 Classic LTE coming soon

The 4G LTE-enabled Gear S3 Classic smartwatch will soon be available via AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless. Availability and pricing depend on each wireless carrier and should be unveiled soon.
BLU Life One X2 Mini 5-inch Android smartphone with Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 and 4 GB RAM

BLU Products Life One X2 Mini hits Amazon

This Android handset is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor, having a 5-inch full HD display, 4 GB RAM, and 64 GB internal storage space, all for a price of just $179.99 USD.
Motorola Verve Loop sports wireless headphones

Motorola Accessories unveils Verve Loop wireless headphones

These new sports wireless headphones join the VerveLife lineup of products and come as a cheaper alternative to the existing VerveOnes ME, while still providing IPX4 water resistance and HD audio.
All sorts of PCs and tablets are on sale in honor of Pi Day (Source: Microsoft Store)

Microsoft celebrates Pi Day by slashing prices on select laptops and desktops

The limited-time deals extend across various laptop, desktop, and tablet models. There are also discounts on Xbox One consoles and select games and accessories.
E FUN Nextbook Ares 8A Android tablet with Intel Atom processor

E FUN Nextbook Ares 8A tablet hits Walmart

Carrying a price tag lower than $70 USD, this 8-inch tablet comes with an Intel Atom processor and runs Android Marshmallow out of the box. Its specs also include 16 GB internal storage, a 2 MP main camera, and more.
The FreedomPop V7 is available now in the UK and Spain. (Source: FreedomPop)

FreedomPop begins selling its own smartphone

The FreedomPop V7 is a decidedly budget smartphone aimed at users that need only the basics. FreedomPop will begin selling the device in the UK and Spain before rolling it out to other markets.
Microsoft OneDrive for Kindle Fire and Fire phone, OneDrive unlimited accounts reduced to 1 TB storage limit

Microsoft phases out OneDrive unlimited storage

Since some Office 365 subscribers who received limitless OneDrive storage used their cloud space to store movies, TV shows, and other similar files, Microsoft is now placing a 1 TB limit on all previously unlimited accounts.
US Cellular corporate logo, the carrier finally intros its first unlimited data plan

US Cellular intros unlimited data plan

The new unlimited data plan comes for $60 USD per month for a single line with autopay/paperless billing enrollment, but after reaching 22 GB of data, the speed automatically goes down to 2G.
Eurocom "Love Your Laptop" monthly newsletter

Eurocom launches "Love Your Laptop" monthly newsletter

This newsletter that made its debut on Valentine's Day provides regular technology updates and is part of a campaign that also involves customers in the development of the company's future products.
Samsung Galaxy Tab E Android tablet now free for T-Mobile users

T-Mobile offers free Samsung Galaxy Tab E slates

The "Tablet on Us" promotion offers the Samsung Galaxy Tab E for free to T-Mobile One subscribers, as well as to those who sign up for any mobile plan with 6 GB of data or more.
The Shield Pro has 500 GB of internal storage and support for microSD cards. (Source: NVIDIA)

NVIDIA Shield Pro now available

For $299, the Shield Pro brings much more storage (500 GB) and support for microSD cards. However, the Pro is equipped with the same Tegra X1 processor as the entry-level Shield TV.
BLU Vivo XL2 Android smartphone with MediaTek MT6737T processor

BLU Vivo XL2 now available in the US

This affordable Android handset uses the MediaTek MT6737T processor, next to 3 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage, a 13 MP main camera, all driven by a 3,150 mAh battery. It runs Marshmallow and has a price tag of just $100 USD (special launch price, regular price being $150 USD).
WinkPax G1 Android tablet for gamers with MediaTek MT7873 processor

WinkPax G1 Nintendo Switch alternative is already up for sale

This 8-inch "3 in 1 phablet" comes only with Android 5.1, but offers 4G connectivity via a micro SIM card, HDMI output, and has a foldable/detachable/adaptable controller with two joysticks, one D-pad, and four action buttons.

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