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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.
The XPS 15's design philosophy of a 15-inch laptop in a 14-inch laptop's footprint has put the 14-inch laptop in an awkward place. (Source: Dell)

Opinion: 15 is the new 14

Who doesn't want an extra 1.6 inches? Due to the popularity of small bezels, Editor Douglas Black predicts that 14-inch laptops will lose their niche in the market — at least until there's a breakthrough in heat dissipation.
HP EliteBook 840 G4 – What is the best display option?

87% HP EliteBook 840 G4 – What is the best display option?

Better with IPS! We already reviewed the new HP EliteBook 840 G4. One of the biggest issues of the 14-inch business laptop is the TN panel with its limited viewing angles. We now had the chance to check two optional IPS screens.
Intel Core i5-7200U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.5 kg
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.
Codenvy online IDE startup screen, Codenvy joins RedHat

Red Hat acquires Codenvy

RedHat's new acquisition aims to help improve JBoss Middleware and OpenShift. Even more, Codenvy will become a part of the hybrid cloud services platform OpenShift.io. The financial details have not been disclosed.
Samsung Pay now official in Hong Kong after an early access phase

Samsung Pay hits Hong Kong

Concluding a brief early access phase, this mobile payments system is now fully available in Hong Kong. Apple Pay and Android Pay are both present in the area already, so gaining popularity in Hong Kong is a tough task for Samsung's service.
Huawei P10 and P10 Plus launch event, Huawei P10 lineup coming to Canada June 2017

Huawei P10 and P10 Plus coming to Canada next month

These two new flagships are scheduled to go on sale in Canada on June 6. The P10 will be available via Rogers, Fido, Bell, and Videotron, while the P10 is expected to hit Canada exclusively via Rogers. The prices are not public yet.
The Xperia Z3, released in Q4 2014, remains Sony's most well-received smartphone in years. (Source: Sony)

Sony discontinues upper-midrange phones

Sony has announced cuts to its "Premium Standard" product line amid profoundly disappointing international sales of those model smartphones.
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.
Kodak Ektra camera-focused Android smartphone reaches the US market late May 2017

Kodak Ektra finally hits the US

This smartphone/digital camera hybrid was supposed to arrive in the US last month but did not make it back then. For $399 USD, this stylish handset comes with RAW support, 4K video support, as well as software solutions for quick editing of videos and images.
Lenovo ThinkPad T470s – What is the best display option?

87% Lenovo ThinkPad T470s – What is the best display option?

Agony of choice. We compare the displays for the new ThinkPad T470s. WQHD, Full HD or touchscreen – how does the choice influence the picture quality as well as the battery runtime?
Intel Core i7-7600U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.4 kg
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.
Japan Display 600 dpi display vs 400 dpi and 112 dpi comparation

Japan Display announces 600 ppi E-Ink display

Thanks to its collaboration with E Ink Holdings, JDI is now capable of delivering ePaper panels with the same resolution as top-of-the-line smartphone displays and high-quality prints.
HP announce new Envy 13 at Cannes Film Festival

HP announce new Envy 13 at Cannes Film Festival

HP just announced the release of their new Envy 13. The laptop can be purchased at HP.com, with prices starting at $1044.99.
Microsoft Windows 10 China Government Edition launches in Shanghai next to Surface Pro

Microsoft intros Windows 10 China Government Edition

This new custom operating system comes without OneDrive integration and is based on Windows 10 Enterprise Edition. In addition to better management of features like Microsoft's cloud storage service, the new Windows 10 for China also allows the local government to use its own encryption algorithms.
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.
Say goodbye to Messenger "Days", games, and poor performance by using Messenger Lite. (Source: Facebook)

If you're tired of Facebook Messenger's bloat, try Messenger Lite

Facebook's ubiquitous chatting app, Messenger, has become so bloated that Facebook has already spun off a version for developing markets called "Messenger Lite". To install it in most countries, however, you'll have to sideload it on your Android phone.
HP Spectre x2 Windows convertible with Kaby Lake processor, Bang & Olufsen audio

HP Spectre x2 now official

Less than a day after the official images surfaced online, the new Spectre x2 convertible is official. Just as rumored, it features a 12.3-inch display, two Kaby Lake processor options, and Intel Iris Plus graphics. It will hit the market next month starting at $999.99 USD.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones (≤5-inch)

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

May 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 Phablets (>5.5-inch)

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

May 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

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Tablets

May 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.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones under 120 Euros

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones under 120 Euros

May 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.
Clevo profits purportedly down by almost half

Clevo Q1 2017 profits purportedly down by almost half

The popular ODM will show off new designs at next week's Computex 2017 in an attempt to boost revenue for the remainder of this year.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Active Android smartphone coming soon

Samsung Galaxy S8 Active spotted in the wild

An image of the Samsung handset that carries the model number SM-G892A has just surfaced on the websites of The Wireless Power Consortium, the group in charge of the Qi wireless charging standard.
HP remains ahead of Lenovo and Dell in worldwide laptop sales

HP remains ahead of Lenovo and Dell in worldwide laptop sales

Global laptop shipments amounted to 37.81 million units during the first quarter of 2017 for a year-over-year increase of 6.1 percent. The rise in sales can be attributed to strong numbers from business and enterprise clients.
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.
One metric for assessing the validity of a threat is its specificity. (Source: The Guardian)

Leaked internal Facebook censorship guidelines fuels concern about ethics

Internal documents from Facebook revealed to the Guardian show the difficulties the company is facing to police its 2-billion-strong membership.
Dynamic Stretchable AMOLED Display by Samsung Display shows up May 23rd

World’s first stretchable display to be unveiled this week

This whole new technology will be displayed at the Society for Information Display 2017 in Los Angeles. The event starts tomorrow and runs until Thursday. Unlike flexible panels currently available, stretchable OLED displays can bend in both directions.
HTC U11 "Ocean" flagship in Sapphire Blue finish, HTC celebrates 20 years in the business

HTC celebrates two decades in the business

The Taiwanese company was one of the first brands to offer a 3G smartphone to the masses, while the HTC Dream/T-Mobile G1 became the first Android handset back in 2008. A recent anniversary video reassures consumers that HTC aims to "keep innovating" although the company has been sailing rough waters lately.
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Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 check SKU battery recall instructions May 2017

Panasonic recalls 280,000 tablet batteries

The battery packs of three Toughpad tablet series are prone to short circuits after prolonged use in extreme temperatures, and so Panasonic ended up recalling the affected models, also releasing a patch that reduces both the charging voltage and peak operating settings.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones

May 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 Windows Tablets

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Windows Tablets

May 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.
Android Pay mobile payments service heading for five new markets

Android Pay to reach five new markets soon

In addition to the improved loyalty card features, this mobile payment service will soon be deployed to Brazil, Russia, Canada, Spain, and Taiwan. This would bring the total number of markets with full Android Pay support to 15.
Dell Latitude 5289 (i5, 256GB, 8GB) Convertible Review

84% Dell Latitude 5289 (i5, 256GB, 8GB) Convertible Review

Flexibility and stamina. Convertible notebooks with 360° hinges have become more and more popular in the past years and even businesses have started using them. Naturally, Dell would like a piece of the pie and has consequently launched the Latitude 5289. Read our detailed review to find out why it will have a hard time asserting itself despite its convincing performance.
Intel Core i5-7300U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 12.5" | 1.3 kg
Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 rugged convertible tablet with Windows 10 and Kaby Lake processor coming to the US June 2017

Panasonic Toughbook CF-33 rugged convertible coming to the US later this month

Packing 7th generation Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors, this rugged convertible tablet with Windows 10 on board will hit the US market later this month, starting around $3,649 USD.
QNAP TVS-1582TU Thunderbolt 3 NAS for van live media production

QNAP launches TVS-1582TU Thunderbolt 3 NAS

This new Intel Kaby Lake-powered, Thunderbolt 3 NAS can accommodate up to 90 TB RAW capacity by using 10 TB 3.5-inch hard drives. It comes with Intel Core i5-7500 and 16 GB DDR4 RAM or Intel Core i7-7700 and 32 GB RAM.
Android Go should bring Android to cheap devices without bogging them down. (Image: Google)

Google announces Android Go, a light version of Android for inexpensive smartphones

Android Go will be Android tailored for cheap, low-cost smartphones. The OS will be lighter, and apps will require less resources to run. Rollouts are expected to start in 2018.
Tonino Lamborghini ALPHA ONE luxury Android smartphone launches in Russia

Tonino Lamborghini ALPHA ONE launches in Russia

This liquid metal-made luxury smartphone has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor under the hood, next to 4 GB RAM, 64 GB internal storage, and a 3,250 mAh battery. Its price tag reads no less than $2,110 USD.
Hyogun Lee during the Samsung Tizen Developer Conference 2017 keynote

Tizen smartphones to go global

Although these low-end handsets are only available in a few markets, the excellent sales recorded in India during the last two years made Samsung consider launching them in all markets. However, a time frame has not been disclosed yet.
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.
Samsung has sold 5 million Galaxy S8/S8+ Android flagships in first month

Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ sales hit 5 million units

Although the two Galaxy S8 flagships are not available in China yet, the South Korean giant managed to sell 5 million units already. The global launch of the Galaxy S8/S8+ began with South Korea, Canada, and the US on April 21.
Fujitsu Lifebook S936 (6600U, 512 GB) PalmSecure Laptop Review

86% Fujitsu Lifebook S936 (6600U, 512 GB) PalmSecure Laptop Review

Master of Mobility. With its new flagship, Fujitsu turns towards the traveling business user for whom a mobile all-around worry-free package is worth a lot of money. It does not change anything about its core competencies that the manufacturer messes up in some details and will not keep the target audience from buying this laptop.
Intel Core i7-6600U | Intel HD Graphics 520 | 13.3" | 1.4 kg
Acer TravelMate P658-G2 (7500U, 940MX, FHD) Laptop Review

87% Acer TravelMate P658-G2 (7500U, 940MX, FHD) Laptop Review

A fair deal. With its latest TravelMate P658-G2 top model, Acer is certainly bringing out the big guns: SSD/HDD combo, LTE modem, 16 GB of RAM. All that comes in addition to low operating noise, decent battery life, and a three-year warranty.
Intel Core i7-7500U | NVIDIA GeForce 940MX | 15.6" | 2.1 kg
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."
HTC's U Ultra is the latest in a long line of HTC devices to meet a tepid reception. (Source: HTC)

HTC pledges to streamline operations after 8th consecutive quarter of losses

Taiwanese ODM HTC has reported its 8th consecutive quarter of losses this Q1 2017. The latest financial report from the company revealed its lowest revenue in a year. The upcoming flagship HTC U 11 is a possible bright-spot for the company this year.
MSI WE72 7RJ (7700HQ, FHD, M2200) Workstation Review

81% MSI WE72 7RJ (7700HQ, FHD, M2200) Workstation Review

Workstation with gaming roots. MSI offers mobile workstations based on its gaming laptops for quite a while now. The WE72 is a new 17-inch system, but is the implementation of a professional graphics card sufficient to satisfy demanding customers?
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA Quadro M2200 | 17.3" | 2.9 kg
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.
Lenovo ThinkPad T470s (7300U, FHD) Laptop Review

88% Lenovo ThinkPad T470s (7300U, FHD) Laptop Review

Serious business. Today we evaluate another T470s configuration; this one features an FHD anti-glare touchscreen and a somewhat more mainstream setup than our previous candidate—with a lower price to match. Find out how well it stacks up against the competition in our full review.
Intel Core i5-7300U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.4 kg
US may extend laptop ban to incoming flights from Europe (Image: regmedia.co.uk)

US may extend laptop ban to more incoming flights from Europe

Flying to the United States from Europe? You may soon be forced to check in your laptop and tablet for safety.

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