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Sony Xperia Hello! (G1209) dancing digital assistant (Source: Sony)

Sony Xperia Hello! dancing digital assistant now live

Advertised as a communication robot, the new Sony Xperia Hello! is more than just another Amazon Echo wannabe. It can be used to make Skype or Line video calls, runs Android Nougat, and features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor.
ARM inside? (Source: Softpedia)

Microsoft reveals some details of battery life expectations for Windows on ARM devices

Microsoft and Qualcomm are close to officially announcing Windows on ARM devices, with models from Asus, HP, and Lenovo being tested at Microsoft's Redmond headquarters. Battery life results are exceeding expectations.
Consumer Reports doesn't want you to buy a Surface Book 2

Consumer Reports doesn't want you to buy a Surface Book 2

Well-known for its independent and impartial reviews, the magazine is already openly biased against the upcoming Microsoft detachable without any hands-on proof to show for it.
A look back at 25 years of ThinkPad notebooks: Part 3 - The 2010s and modernization under Lenovo

A look back at 25 years of ThinkPad notebooks: Part 3 - The 2010s and modernization under Lenovo

Our third part in the series about the history of the ThinkPad notebook brings us up to the present. In the years after 2010 and all the way to 2017, Lenovo has brought big changes and modernization to the ThinkPads. This also included making some controversial decisions, which we will be taking a close look at.
HP ZBook x2 convertible coming December 2017 (Source: HP)

HP ZBook x2 convertible tablet coming in December

The HP ZBook x2 is now official and should hit the market in December as the world's most powerful detachable PC. It features a quad-core Intel Core Kaby Lake-R processor, NVIDIA Quadro graphics, and starts at US$1,749.
The Nervana NNP is expected to ship in late 2017. (Source: Intel)

Intel presents its new Nervana Neural Netwok Processor

Intel intends to keep up with Nvidia and AMD on the AI market by releasing the Nervana NNP for deep learning applications. The new NNP is actually an ASIC with a non-standard cache hierarchy controlled directly by software commands, and it comes with improved scalability. The Flexpoint numerical format allows for increased parallelism, while the deep learnin...
Microsoft Surface Book 2 15-inch and 13.5-inch (Source: CNET)

The Surface Book 2 13.5-inch stacks up to the MacBook Pro 13-inch with power and oomph

Microsoft's new Surface Book 2 13.5-inch ticks all the right boxes for a capable prosumer laptop while still retaining the platform's unique features. The new notebook is now available in completely fanless variants and features the latest 8th generation Intel CPUs and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 graphics.
AT&T-exclusive ZTE Axon M foldable Android smartphone (Source: ZTE USA)

Foldable ZTE Axon M smartphone now official

The ZTE Axon M features the slightly outdated Snapdragon 821 processor, but it is the only handset to feature a dual display folding design with four operating modes nowadays. Sadly, it will only hit the market via AT&T next month.
Samsung Connect Tag smart tracker with Tizen (Source: Samsung)

Samsung intros the Connect Tag smart IoT tracker

The Samsung Connect Tag is a 0.06-pound IoT accessory with GPS, Bluetooth, and WiFi connectivity, as well as eSIM support. It runs Tizen IoT and will be on display at the Samsung Developer Conference that takes place in San Francisco later this week.
The company will be hoping to make a return to its winning ways.

MediaTek's Helio P40 is coming in style next year

MediaTek is set to make a push up the market ladder in 2018, with its upcoming Helio P40 to offer stiff competition to Qualcomm's mid-range offerings.
Samsung Bixby in native context mode (Source: Samsung)

Samsung Bixby 2.0 might arrive this week

Although the current version still has to add support for a few widely used languages, Samsung Bixby 2.0 is apparently on its way and the updated virtual assistant is expected to come with improved third-party integration and support for other devices than smartphones.
Lenovo ThinkPad E470 (HD-Display, HD 620) Laptop Review

81% Lenovo ThinkPad E470 (HD-Display, HD 620) Laptop Review

Display from the Stone Age. Lenovo's ThinkPad E470 is an affordable ThinkPad with its largest user base among students and home office users. We have already reviewed this laptop in review earlier this year. However today we are reviewing a model with slightly worse hardware in order to explain, why you should not get this notebook in this particular configuration. Ever!
Intel Core i5-7200U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.9 kg
Blackberry Motion. (Source: Evan Blass)

Blackberry teases us with a first look video of the new Blackberry Motion

Blackberry has also given more information on phone specifications and confirmed that they will continue to make phones with physical and virtual keyboards.
Flag of the Peoples Republic of China. (Source: PublicDomainPictures/Pixabay)

Qualcomm trying to get iPhone sales banned in China

Qualcomm has filed several lawsuits in China in an attempt to block iPhone sales over patent disputes.
Alleco Alltab waterproof Android tablet (Source: Alleco)

Alltab underwater tablet now official

The Finnish-made Alleco Alltab is an Android tablet based on the Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 that can operate down to 90 meters (TechRec version) or 150 meters (MilPro variant) and targets commercial and military divers.
T-Mobile LG Stylo 3 Plus Android phablet (Source: T-Mobile)

T-Mobile to eliminate unlimited LTE roaming in Mexico and Canada next month

Less than three years after introducing the "Mobile without Borders" program that offered unlimited LTE roaming in Mexico and Canada, T-Mobile has decided to reduce this amount of full-speed LTE data to just 5 GB.
Asus VivoBook Pro 15 (i7-7700HQ, GTX 1050) Laptop Review

81% Asus VivoBook Pro 15 (i7-7700HQ, GTX 1050) Laptop Review

Stylish and elegant, but still a bit buggy. The new VivoBook is supposed to be the more affordable ZenBook sibling for the mainstream. Is it a success, or has Asus cut too many corners?
Intel Core i7-7700HQ | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook) | 15.6" | 2 kg
Western Digital's microwave-assisted magnetic recording process. (Source: Western Digital)

40 TB+ hard drives by 2025 thanks to Western Digital's new microwave-assisted writing technology

Western Digital's new microwave-assisted magnetic recording technology allows for huge increases in data density. Capacities of 40 TB plus should be reached within 8 years.
Worldwide PC market has stabilized as of Q3 2017 (Source: IDC)

HP and Lenovo make up almost half of all PCs shipped worldwide

Q3 2017 market data reveals a largely stable PC market with Asus suffering the most losses out of the big 5 makers.
Liberty secured: Purism's Librem 5 Linux-based smartphone meets crowdfunding goal

Liberty secured: Purism's Librem 5 Linux-based smartphone meets crowdfunding goal

The Librem 5, a smartphone currently in development by Purism, recently reached its USD$1.5 million crowdfunding goal. The device will be designed with privacy in mind and will run a mobile flavor of Purism's own PureOS.
The post-Volta GPUs are located on the right of the Pegasus board. (Source: Nvidia)

Nvidia unveils post-Volta GPUs powering the Drive PX Pegasus board for driverless cars

The Drive PX Pegasus board will power future self-driving cars and provides the highest level of autonomy for AI-driven vehicles. The 500 W TDP board comes with 2 Xavier SoCs that integrate 16 ARM processors, two Volta iGPUs and two dedicated GPUs that are built on a totally new architecture (possibly a successor to Volta).
Future Samsung notebooks could recognize contactless user gestures (Source: Patently Mobile)

Future Samsung notebooks could recognize contactless user gestures

You'll be able to wave 'hi' to your laptop to turn it on if Samsung brings this patent to life.
Galaxy Note 9 will likely have an onscreen fingerprint reader (Source: Samsung)

Galaxy Note 9 will likely have an onscreen fingerprint reader

Sources close to Asian supply chains say Samsung is already receiving production samples from multiple component manufacturers.
Apple iPhone. (Source: Pixabay)

iPhone 7 was the most purchased phone internationally in the first half of 2017

Market intelligence firm, IHS Markit, have released their research showing the most popular models for the first half of 2017. The top 10 contains five Samsung models, four Apple models, and one Oppo model.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Windows Tablets

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Windows Tablets

October 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.
Lenovo ThinkPad 25 – Missed Opportunity?

Lenovo ThinkPad 25 – Missed Opportunity?

A big premium for an old keyboard. The ThinkPad 25 was supposed to be a highlight for ThinkPad enthusiasts, but all we got is a more expensive ThinkPad T470 with a retro keyboard. It is still a good laptop, but we were underwhelmed. We have a closer look at the device, the expectations, and missed opportunities.
The XG2530 e-sports monitor comes with 240 Hz refresh rate. (Source: ViewSonic)

ViewSonic unveils new XG gaming monitors, interactive displays and e-posters

Celebrating 30 years of existence, ViewSonic reveled a host of new products including gaming monitors, interactive 4K 75-inch flat panels, and e-posters.
Asus FX503 offers a no-frills gaming and multimedia experience. (Source: Asus)

Asus quietly puts up the FX503 on their website

Asus seems to have quietly put up the FX503 multimedia and gaming notebook on its website. The FX503 is just a slight incremental update to the already good FX502 with RAM options up to 32 GB, choice of GPU VRAM, and an overall less thicker profile.
The company may be struggling in India but the Chinese market's a much different story. (Source: China Daily Europe)

Huawei to focus on Indian market in bid to topple Samsung and Apple

CEO of Huawei India, Jay Chen, has reportedly identified the Indian market as one with a potential for massive growth. The company's launch of the Honor 9i there may be identified as an attempt to gain a strategic stronghold in that market.
Blackberry Motion render. (Source: Evan Blass)

Midrange Blackberry Motion officially announced, no physical keyboard but it has a home button

Kicking off GITEX today, Blackberry has announced their new keyboardless phone, the Blackberry Motion.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Workstation Laptops

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Workstation Laptops

October 2017 update. Top 10 Workstation laptops with professional graphics cards reviewed by Notebookcheck
Alphabet's Project Loon uses weather balloons with cellular equipment to provide mobile data in remote areas. (Source: Alphabet)

Alphabet's 'Project Loon' balloons will restore cell service to large parts of Puerto Rico

The FCC has granted Alphabet, Google's parent company, permission to use their Project Loon balloons to provide cellular service to Puerto Rico. Two weeks after Hurricane Maria there is still as much as 83 percent of the population who don't have any cellular service.
25th ThinkPad Anniversary, Part 2: The Crises of the 2000s and the Transition to Lenovo

25th ThinkPad Anniversary, Part 2: The Crises of the 2000s and the Transition to Lenovo

In the second part of our 25th ThinkPad anniversary series we take a look at the 2000s. We cover why IBM ended up selling the ThinkPad brand to Lenovo and what happened in the first few years under Lenovo's reign.
AIM and the 'running man' logo. (Source: AOL/AIM)

This December AIM will follow the dial-up modem into the sunset

AOL has announced officially that AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) will be switching off their servers on December 15, marking the end of 20 years of instant messaging. AOL was the dominant instant messaging service in North America during the last years of dial-up, and the early years of broadband spread.
The first look of the new Dell XPS 13 in pristine Alpine White. (Source: TechRadar)

Dell XPS 13 vNext gets teased ahead of CES 2018

Dell showed off a sneak peak of the upcoming XPS 13 way ahead of its official CES 2018 announcement. The new XPS 13 seems to sport new color choices and ditches all legacy USB ports in favor of USB Type-C.
Lenovo ThinkPad E570 (7200U, HD Display) Laptop Review

83% Lenovo ThinkPad E570 (7200U, HD Display) Laptop Review

Disappointing screen. With the ThinkPad E570, Lenovo delivers a quiet, enduring office machine that serves with a good keyboard and lightning-fast NVMe SSD. The HD screen is a complete disappointment.
Intel Core i5-7200U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 15.6" | 2.3 kg
Lenovo ThinkPad 25 Anniversary Edition Laptop Review

89% Lenovo ThinkPad 25 Anniversary Edition Laptop Review

Retro rewind. What's old is new again in this special anniversary ThinkPad that throws out the AccuType keyboard in favor of the classic layout and design. Outside of the new keyboard, there isn't anything particularly new about the ThinkPad 25 that we haven't already covered on the ThinkPad T470.
Intel Core i7-7500U | NVIDIA GeForce 940MX | 14" | 1.7 kg
The Clevo P870TM (Source: Clevo)

Ditch the desktop: Clevo debuts the world's first gaming notebooks powered by Intel 'Coffee Lake-S' 95W CPUs

Clevo has announced the availability of new laptops powered the latest Intel 'Coffee Lake-S' CPUs. Initial benchmarks of the Core i7-8700K found in the highest end P870TM notebook shows up to a 45% increase in multi-threaded performance when compared to the previous generation 'Kaby Lake-S' Core i7-7700K. The new Clevos also feature enhanced audio processing...
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Android flagship 94 DxOMark score (Source: Samsung)

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is tied with the iPhone 8 Plus in the camera department, Google Pixel 2 steals the crown

With an overall DxOMark score of 94, the Galaxy Note 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus were the best handsets until a few hours ago, when the Google Pixel 2 claimed the crown awarded by this well-known French website.
The new HP Spectre 13 features upgraded internals and a redesigned chassis (Source: HP)

HP announces refreshed Spectre 13 featuring 8th gen Intel CPUs and a redesigned chassis

The refreshed HP Spectre 13 ultrabook features the Intel 'Kaby Lake-R' Core i7-8550U CPU and slimmer design than its predecessor. Along with the upgraded internals, the ultrabook features a choice of a 4K or FHD display and a bigger 43 Wh battery.
The E9170 GPU is based on the Polaris microarchitecture, matching the desktop TX 550 GPU specs. (Source: AMD)

AMD announces low-voltage Polaris-based embedded Radeon E9170 GPUs

The latest E9170 embedded GPUs target thin IoT devices and the smart applications market. Based on the Polaris architecture, and matching the desktop Radeon RX 550 specs, the E9170 GPU will come in MCM, MXM and PCIe form-factors, with support for up to five 4K displays.
Yahoo? Help! (Source: Yahoo)

All 3 billion Yahoo user accounts were involved in the 2013 data breach

If you held a Yahoo account in 2013, then you were almost certainly involved in the data breach. At 3 billion user accounts affected, this announcement sets the record for the largest known data breach.
What Can a Chromebook Do?

What can you do with a Chromebook?

Chromebooks, which run on Google's ChromeOS, have quickly become one of the major drivers of mobile computing as they provide an easy way to access the web without worrying a lot about deployment, administration and configuration. Although ChromeOS is an almost online-exclusive OS, Chromebooks can still be adapted to handle most workflows. In this article, we explore what a Chromebook can do and help you decide if you should be hopping on the Google bandwagon.
Asus logo (Source: Asus)

Asus has seen motherboard market share hit as high as 45 percent in 2017

Asus's lead as the largest motherboard manufacturer has grown, thanks to strong performance in the Asia-Pacific region. Market share is particularly large in the more profitable high-end and gaming segments.
The company would have to hit an estimated 35 million shipments in Q4 to meet its 100 million objective. (Source: India Today)

Xiaomi scores another win - 10 million units shipped in September

Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun has posted an image celebrating the company's new record, an all-time high 10 million smartphone shipments in September.
Image: The Inquirer

Samsung will make a lot of money... from the iPhone X?

As the sole supplier of the OLED displays used in the upcoming iPhone X (and one of the main suppliers of NAND flash memory used in the phone), Samsung is poised to make quite a bit of money on total sales if the iPhone X is as successful as some estimates are guessing.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Smartphone Review

90% Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Smartphone Review

Back to being best. The Note 8 shines with a big, superb Infinity screen, high performance and, for the first time, with a dual-camera. As usual, the S-Pen that can be inserted into the casing is included. Whether Samsung has developed the ideal phablet after the Note 7 disaster will be clarified in the test.
Update: Information concerning PWM, display response times, temperatures and power consumption has been added.
Samsung Exynos 8895 Octa | ARM Mali-G71 MP20 | 6.3" | 195 g
Asus ZenScreen MB16AC (15.6, FHD, IPS) Monitor Review

Asus ZenScreen MB16AC (15.6, FHD, IPS) Monitor Review

Portable USB monitor. No recharging, one cable, light and slim. Asus' portable monitor is neither matte nor particularly bright. Although the poor color space will deter professionals, the very high contrast will certainly appeal to everyone.
Looming iPhone X production issues could mean very limited supply come November (Sourced: Apple)

Good luck finding an iPhone X this Holiday season

Analysts are forecasting pre-orders of up to 50 million on a production supply of only about 12 million before the end of 2017. Most may have to wait until early 2018 or pony up several hundred Dollars more on eBay to secure a unit.
Lenovo: ThinkPad 25 will likely be announced on October 5, only available in certain markets

Lenovo: ThinkPad 25 will likely be announced on October 5, only available in certain markets

This week, the announcement of the first ThinkPad notebook will be exactly 25 years ago. Lenovo, the PC-OEM who develops ThinkPads since 2005, will host a small even on Facebook on that day - and likely announce the ThinkPad 25 there. In unrelated news, there are some new details about this model, which apparently won´t be available everywhere.

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