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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.
Kobo acquires Shelfie ebook bundling platform

Kobo acquires Shelfie

Shelfie has been around for a few years already, offering its customers the chance to purchase low-cost titles they already own in hardcover/paperback editions. After announcing its demise back in January, the Shelfie ecosystem gets back thanks to Kobo.
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.
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 370 (7200U, FHD) Convertible Review

87% Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 370 (7200U, FHD) Convertible Review

Getting the hang of it. The ThinkPad Yoga 370 is Lenovo’s first 13.3-inch laptop in its ThinkPad Yoga series and is an attempt to simplify the line-up. Our extensive review shows how Lenovo succeeded and why we liked the ThinkPad Yoga 370.
Intel Core i5-7200U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 13.3" | 1.4 kg
Apple ahead of both Samsung and Huawei in smartphone race

Apple ahead of both Samsung and Huawei in smartphone race

Samsung is still king when it comes to combined worldwide shipments of smartphones and feature phones, but the South Korean manufacturer is now lagging behind Apple by a mere 0.1 percent in pure smartphone shipments.
LG preliminary Q1 2017 financials are looking up

LG preliminary Q1 2017 financials are looking up

Operating profits and revenue are up significantly from the year before, but it remains to be seen if the upcoming G6 flagship can turn the ailing LG smartphone business back to black.
Western Digital My Passport SSD portable drive now available in 1 TB, 512 GB and 256 GB capacities

Western Digital intros its first portable SSD

The portable drive known as My Passport SSD offers transfer speeds up to 515 MB per second, being compatible with USB 3.1 Type-C and also able to withstand falls up to 6.5 feet.
Game console emulators like Nesbox will no longer be available on the Windows Store. (Source: Nesbox)

The Windows Store has officially banned emulators

Microsoft's latest policy change for the official Windows Store bans emulators outright. However, the software can still be found and downloaded online.
Samsung Galaxy S8 camera shot, Samsung leaves the digital camera business

Samsung leaving the digital camera market

Although Samsung had a strong presence in the digital camera market until a few years ago, the decline of this sector and the increasing popularity of mobile photography made the company to drop this area for good.
QNAP TVS-1282T3 Thunderbolt 3 NAS now available with 7th gen Intel Core processors

QNAP launches TVS-1282T3 Thunderbolt 3 NAS

This new NAS comes with 7th generation Intel Core processors, four Thunderbolt 3 ports, three HDMI outputs, six LAN ports, also supporting up to 64 GB RAM and 12 storage drives.
The PX7 Pro SE is a notebook capable of server workloads. (Source: Eurocom)

Eurocom unveils lightweight PX7 Pro SE Mobile Server

The notebook is designed for heavy server loads and packs an Intel Xeon E3-1505M, up to 64 GB of ECC memory, and up to 16 GB of RAID 0/1/5 storage.
Ubuntu will use the GNOME desktop environment for future versions. (Source: Canonical)

Ubuntu kills Unity desktop, shifts focus to GNOME

Canonical is stopping all development on the Unity desktop and shifting focus to the GNOME desktop.
The new TITAN Xp has 12 GB GDDR5X VRAM, 3840 CUDA cores, and 12 TFLOPS of performance. (Source: Nvidia)

Titan Xp now official, will also support Mac OS X

The new GPU is equipped with 12 GB of GDDR5X memory clocked at 11.4 Gbps, 3840 CUDA cores clocked at ~1.6 GHz, and boasts 12 TFLOPs of performance. Nvidia will also begin developing drivers for Mac OS X.
Huawei Honor 8 premium Android smartphone, Honor Beta program hits the US

Huawei Honor Beta program launches in the US

While the Honor 8 Pro goes on pre-order in Europe, Huawei launches the Honor Beta program in the US, promising to offer for testing both hardware and software products scheduled to launch "in one or even two years from now."
Dell Latitude 7480 (7600U, FHD) Laptop Review

87% Dell Latitude 7480 (7600U, FHD) Laptop Review

Business as usual. With its redesigned chassis, lighter weight and much-improved battery life, the upper-class Latitude once again ticks all the right check boxes when it comes to business notebooks. The 14-inch 7480 is equipped with current-generation hardware, offers great performance and features a top-notch keyboard. Coil whine is very noticeable, however.
Intel Core i7-7600U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.5 kg
The Pebble smartwatch can still work even when disconnected from Pebble's servers. (source: Pebble)

New Pebble update allows smartwatch to keep ticking

The latest update to the Pebble app allows the smartwatches to continue functioning even when not connected to Pebble's servers.
Twitch now has an online PC game store. (Source: Twitch)

Twitch's online game store now open for business

The new service will allow users to buy the PC game in the stream they're watching. The store will offer 50 titles to start, and Twitch Partners will get 5% of purchases made from their stream.
Oath will be a merger of both AOL and Yahoo. (Source: AOL)

AOL and Yahoo to be combined into new Verizon sub-brand, dubbed "Oath"

Verizon will merge AOL, Yahoo, and all associated brands under a single "house" named Oath. It appears that Oath will serve as a brand manager for the myriad of names within it.
Mad Catz RAT gaming mouse, Mat Catz goes bankrupt

Mad Catz files for bankruptcy

Although it won a partnership with Harmonix to supply Rock Band 4 controllers, the well-known San Diego-based company has just filed for bankruptcy. Mad Catz laid off a third of its staff back in 2016, being delisted from the New York Stock Exchange last week.
Amazon Cash service for adding cash to the balance now available

Amazon launches Amazon Cash

This new service targets cash customers, allowing them to add between $15 USD and $500 USD to their Amazon account in a single transaction by showing a barcode at a participating retailer.
An early Samsung smartphone prototype highlighting foldable display technology. (Source: Mobipicker)

Samsung's foldable phone is still coming, but much later than expected

Samsung's commercialization of foldable displays has been pushed back until 2019, meaning its Galaxy X device will debut at least until then. Samsung mentions the current success of bezel-free screens and a need to improve foldable technology as reasons for the delay.
The current Mac Pro hasn't been updated since 2013. (Source: Apple)

Apple is planning to redesign the Mac Pro

In a press interview, senior staff at Apple said that the company is "completely rethinking the Mac Pro." Plans for a redesign are in motion, but a new Mac Pro likely won't arrive until next year at the earliest.
Nikkei reported on Friday that U.S. private equity firm Silver Lake and U.S. chipmaker Broadcom offered Toshiba about 2 trillion yen ($18 billion) for the unit. (Source:The Korea Herald)

Apple, Amazon and Google among companies bidding for Toshiba's NAND unit

Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun Daily reported on Saturday that US tech firms Apple, Google and Amazon have joined the bidding war over Toshiba's NAND unit, which accounts for 20 percent of the NAND market.
HP EliteBook 850 G4 (Core i5, Full HD) Laptop Review

86% HP EliteBook 850 G4 (Core i5, Full HD) Laptop Review

A tradition of poor angles. HP sent out its updated EliteBooks to fight for the affection of business users and the hearts and minds of big business purchasing managers alike. Our extensive review is going to reveal whether they will be won over by the EliteBook 850 G4 or whether HP has once again cut corners and skimped on that one particular part the way they already did with its predecessor.
Intel Core i5-7200U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 15.6" | 1.9 kg
JEDEC is the global leader in setting memory standards. (Source: JEDEC)

DDR5 memory is coming, and it is fast

The new standard promises to bring twice the bandwidth and density over current DDR4 memory. Publication is expected to be finalized in 2018.
The KEYone marks a radical departure from current smartphone trends with its physical keyboard. (Source: BlackBerry)

BlackBerry KEYone shipments delayed until May

BlackBerry's new smartphone was scheduled to ship in early April. However, it has been delayed by a month, placing it directly in the crosshairs of another upcoming release: the Samsung Galaxy S8.
Without Palmer Luckey, the Rift and VR as a whole may not be what they are today. (Source: Oculus)

Palmer Luckey, inventor of the Oculus Rift, exits Facebook

Luckey, who co-founded Oculus and was a driving force in the development of the Rift VR headset, will be leaving Facebook on Friday.
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.
The Casio WSD-F10 will still receive Android Wear 2.0. The update has been delayed for other smartwatches. (Image source: Casio)

Android Wear 2.0 update halted and delayed

After discovering a bug, Google has delayed any future rollouts of Android Wear 2.0
Intel launches Xeon E3-1200 v6 CPU for servers

Intel announces Xeon E3-1200 v6 family of Kaby Lake CPUs

Launch prices for the eight entry-level quad-core processors are still unknown.
Sony MESH wireless tags now up for pre-order in Europe

Sony MESH wireless tags up for pre-order in Europe

Already available in Japan and the US, this kit of app-enabled smart sensors allows ordinary objects to become part of a home network, thus turning them into connected devices that can be linked to Google Home or Amazon Echo. Arab e-commerce website homepage, Amazon to acquire Souq

Amazon to buy

After turning down an $800 million offer from Emaar Malls PJSC, the Dubai-based online retailer signs an agreement to join Amazon. However, the terms of the deal were not disclosed.
FutureMark dropping support for 3DMark Vantage and PCMark Vantage next month

FutureMark dropping support for 3DMark Vantage and PCMark Vantage next month

No replacements are planned as Vista owners are instead encouraged to upgrade to Windows 7, 8, or 10. Support for PCMark 7 and 8 will continue even after the introduction of PCMark 10.
India's Truecaller Pay mobile payment service launch event

Truecaller Pay mobile payment service launches in India

The new service includes two-factor authentication, and its introduction creates the largest mobile payment platform in India - a country where Truecaller has no less than 150 million customers.
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.
Samsung dual camera setup to get thinner, described in a patent filing

Samsung patent shows a thinner dual camera setup

In addition to the company's existing patents on dual camera technology, Samsung has recently filed a new one that describes a thinner dual camera setup that also provides better low light performance when compared to existing solutions.
Xiaomi has sold 250,000 Redmi 4A Android smartphone in India in less than 5 minutes

Xiaomi sold 250k Redmi 4A smartphones in four minutes

This affordable handset went out of stock last week as no less than 250,000 units were sold in a flash sale via in less than five minutes. However, over one million potential customers chose to be notified about the availability of this smartphone.
Intel's Optane Memory is coming to consumer markets in bite-size capacities. (Photo source: Intel)

Intel Optane storage coming to consumer markets

The fast storage solution will be available in 16 GB ($44) and 32 GB ($77) capacities. Their primary use seems to be as a fast cache drive for a larger SSD or HDD.
The Galaxy Note 7, which was killed off last year, may be making a triumphant return (Source: Samsung)

Rising from the ashes: Samsung will sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7 devices

Samsung confirmed today that they will attempt to refurbish and sell recalled Galaxy Note 7 smartphones. Phones that are not qualified for refurbishment will be torn down and recycled.
Huawei P10 Android flagship color options, Huawei handsets to come to the US via AT&T

AT&T might bring Huawei handsets to the US

Huawei handsets arrived officially in the US last August, when the Honor 8 premium smartphone made its debut via Best Buy, Amazon, and other major retailers. Now, the Chinese brand is in talks with AT&T to add a HiSilicon-powered handset to the carrier's portfolio.
Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus to be manufactured in India by May 2017 as well

Apple to start making iPhones in India this spring

Although the Indian government has not accepted most of Apple's demands for financial incentives, the Cupertino giant is expected to begin iPhone manufacturing in Bangalore by mid-May.
Apple retail store in Cologne opens late March 2017

Apple opens three new stores

The new stores in Nanjing, Miami, and Cologne introduce The Forum to each of these cities, also featuring The Boardroom space where business customers can get hands-on training and advice.
Micron Q2 2017 revenue up 58 percent YoY

Micron quarterly revenue up 58 percent YoY

The rising demand for DRAM and NAND flash components have boosted Micron from red to black with profits reaching 894 million USD in the last quarter alone.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017 (Core i7, Full-HD) Laptop Review

90% Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017 (Core i7, Full-HD) Laptop Review

New business benchmark? The 2017 ThinkPad X1 Carbon is already the 5th generation of the extremely portable business laptop. Lenovo not only equips its flagship device with modern Kaby Lake processors, but also uses a completely reworked chassis including modern ports. Update: The review is now complete.
Intel Core i7-7500U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.1 kg
LG G6 Android flagship shipping to T-Mobile customers already

T-Mobile already shipping the LG G6

Although it started to take pre-orders after the other three major carriers in the US, it appears that T-Mobile is the first one to ship the latest LG flagship. Official sales are scheduled to begin at the end of next week (Verizon Wireless) and on April 6 (the others).
T-Mobile's Scam ID service will identify possible scam phone calls. (Source: T-Mobile)

T-Mobile fights scammers with call warnings

Two new programs, Scam ID and Scam Block, will help T-Mobile customers avoid scam phone calls by identifying known scam numbers and warning users. Clients can also opt in to Scam Block, which outright blocks known scammers.
Android Pay in action, Etsy gets Android Pay support

Etsy adds Android Pay support

Now one of the most popular online stores for handmade and vintage items, Etsy has just added Android Pay support for its customers in the UK and the US. However, some users might have to wait for this feature for a while, since Android Pay support for Etsy seems to be rolling out in stages.
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.
HP EliteBook 725 G4 (A12-9800B, Full-HD) Notebook Review

87% HP EliteBook 725 G4 (A12-9800B, Full-HD) Notebook Review

Bristol Ridge business.HP's 12.5-inch EliteBook is powered by an AMD APU. Thus, HP is one of the few manufacturers that still use AMD's APUs in the business sector. The APU is supported by an IPS panel, NVMe SSD, and LTE modem. Unfortunately, the laptop fan emits a subtle whistling sound.
AMD PRO A12-9800B | AMD Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge) | 12.5" | 1.3 kg
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.

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