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The Samsung Flip allows for more interactive team discussions. (Source: Samsung)

CES 2018 | The Tizen-powered Flip is Samsung's take on the digital whiteboard

Samsung has joined the likes of Microsoft and Google by creating its own version of the digital whiteboard. Named Flip, the whiteboard enables seamless collaboration and is powered by the Tizen 3.0 OS.
Toshiba showed off some of its storage advancements at CES. (Source: Overclock 3D)

CES 2018 | Toshiba unveils RC100 Series M.2 NVMe SSDs and a 96-layer QLC BiCS 3D NAND

At CES 2018, Toshiba showed off a new RC100 Series of M.2 NVMe SSDs along with their 96-layer QLC NAND technology. The RC100 SSDs enable mainstream PC users to upgrade to SSDs in a cost-effective and power-optimized manner.
Ryzen PRO Mobile brings Ryzen to business laptops

CES 2018 | Ryzen PRO Mobile brings Ryzen to business laptops

AMD equips mobile Ryzen Pro CPUs with additional security features while keeping performance and technical specifications identical to the consumer class CPUs.
The Intel-AMD MCM is now official. (Source: Intel)

CES 2018 | Intel finally lifts the curtains off its 8th gen Core CPU with Radeon RX Vega M graphics

After a droolworthy announcement last year, Intel has finally taken wraps off its much hyped Intel-AMD MCM. The MCM is available in 65W and 100W total package power and will soon start showing up in notebooks and NUCs this year.
Lenovo Yoga 720 12 (i5-7200U, 128 GB) Convertible Review

85% Lenovo Yoga 720 12 (i5-7200U, 128 GB) Convertible Review

Versatile with limited stamina. Lenovo's new compact device gets a nice aluminum case and versatile 360-degree hinges, but also works well as a conventional office subnotebook. Important advantages such as the screen and the input devices are countered by a small number of drawbacks, and most interested buyers should be fine with them – except one.
Intel Core i5-7200U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 12.5" | 1.2 kg
The new 802.11ax protocol will bring higher peak data rates and efficiency. (Source: Intel)

CES 2018 | Intel's new 802.11ax Wi-Fi portfolio promises 40% higher data rates and enhanced packet efficiency

Intel will be expanding its home Wi-Fi portfolio with new 802.11ax chipsets for 2x2 and 4x4 home routers. The new IEEE standard promises 40% higher peak data rates and increased average throughput in congested environments.
ASRock X399M Taichi for AMD Threadripper CPUs. (Source: ASRock)

CES 2018 | ASRock shows off new HEDT motherboards in micro-ATX form factors

ASRock is debuting micro-ATX motherboards for HEDT CPUs like AMD Threadripper and Intel Skylake-X based on the X399 and X299 chipsets respectively. Alongside the new boards, the company is also announcing an upgrade to the DeskMini GTX small form factor PC.
Verizon HQ in New York, Verizon acquires Niddel

Verizon acquires Niddel

Verizon decided to buy Niddel for improving its malware detection and response for enterprise customers thanks to the machine-learning-based automated threat hunting technology of the latter.
Samsung Notebook 7 Spin (2018) (Source: Samsung Newsroom)

CES 2018 | Samsung Notebook 7 Spin (2018) now official

The highlights of the updated Samsung Notebook 7 Spin include a 360-degree rotating touchscreen, Active Pen support, an 8th generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8 GB RAM, and a 256 GB SSD drive. This Windows 10 notebook should hit the US market in the first quarter of the year.
The new Thunderbolt 3 controller comes with support for DisplayPort 1.4. (Source: Intel)

Intel's new 'Titan Ridge' Thunderbolt 3 controller brings support for DisplayPort 1.4

Intel has announced upgraded Thunderbolt 3 controllers belonging to the JHL7x40 series, codenamed 'Titan Ridge'. The new controllers retain the 40 Gbps bandwidth and add support for the DisplayPort 1.4 specification.
Product lines which include affected units. (Source: HP)

Charred and melted: HP issues a battery recall for some models

HP has issued a battery recall that covers 15 models using a specific battery supplier. A utility has been provided to verify if yours is at risk and HP is providing free battery replacements at authorised repair centers.
Is this the new X1 Carbon 2018?

ThinkPad X1 Carbon 6: Windows-boss Myerson might have leaked a picture of the new ThinkPad flagship

That might have been a bit too hastily: Terry Myerson, the head of the Windows-division of Microsoft, has twittered about the new PCs announced yesterday by Dell and HP – and he might have revealed a new flagship ThinkPad by doing so.
Schenker Slim 14 (Clevo N240WU, i5-8250U, UHD 620) Laptop Review

81% Schenker Slim 14 (Clevo N240WU, i5-8250U, UHD 620) Laptop Review

Variable mobility. Schenker promises to deliver a thin and light notebook with the highest possible mobility to the buyers of the Slim 14. In particular business users, but also students are targeted by this concept. We tested whether the Schenker Slim 14 also keeps in practice what it promises on paper.
Intel Core i5-8250U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.6 kg
OnePlus 5T Sandstone White (Source: OnePlus)

OnePlus 5T Sandstone White coming next week

The OnePlus 5T flagship in white sandstone finish is finally official and will hit the market on January 9. Just as expected, it is similar to its white Start Wars edition that only launched in India.
Spotify homepage detailed, Spotify has 70 million paid subscribers

Spotify has 70 million paid subscribers

Compared to September 2016, Spotify now has 50 percent more paid subscribers. The count of 70 million comes just in time since Spotify apparently filed for its direct listing IPO at the end of December.
The R.A.T. AIR will be showcased at CES 2018, along with a host of new gaming accessories. (Source: Mad Catz)

Mad Catz is back in business with a new management team and a new vision

The legendary hardware brand returns under Chinese management and with reimagined product lines that will be showcased at CES 2018.
G.Skill Sniper X DDR4 RAM comes in three camouflage designs. (Source: G.Skill)

CES 2018 | G.Skill's new Sniper X DDR4 memory comes with a touch of camouflage

G.Skill has announced the availability of Sniper X DDR4 3600 RAM in a camouflage design that complements gaming PCs. G.Skill offers capacities up to 128 GB and the modules come with support for XMP 2.0.
The G6 may very well be the last device to follow that format. (Source: Digital Trends)

LG set for G-series naming scheme overhaul

Amidst rumors that Huawei’s upcoming P-series device will see a random name switch to the P20, LG may also be set to do something similar with the upcoming G-series flagship.
ThinkPad L380 & L380 Yoga, ThinkPad L480 & ThinkPad L580: Affordable business class is updated with two 13-inch models

CES 2018 | ThinkPad L380 & L380 Yoga, ThinkPad L480 & ThinkPad L580: Affordable business class is updated with two 13-inch models

Beneath the more expensive ThinkPad T series, Lenovo places the L series as the "Value Choice" for companies. The new generation of the L series announced at CES is much thinner and lighter. Additionally, Lenovo adds two 13-inch models to the series.
ThinkPad T480s, ThinkPad T480 & ThinkPad T580: Quad Core CPUs and the GeForce MX150 are coming to the traditional T series

CES 2018 | ThinkPad T480s, ThinkPad T480 & ThinkPad T580: Quad Core CPUs and the GeForce MX150 are coming to the traditional T series

As it happens almost every year, Lenovo announced the new versions of the ThinkPad T series. T480 and T580 are simple updates of their predecessors, but the ThinkPad T480s is a complete redesign compared with the T470s.
ThinkPad X280 & ThinkPad X380 Yoga: A long overdue redesign and a change of name

CES 2018 | ThinkPad X280 & ThinkPad X380 Yoga: A long overdue redesign and a change of name

The development of the ThinkPad X series in the last years wasn´t very revolutionary, but the new ThinkPad X280 announced today represents a big jump forward. Additionally, the ThinkPad Yoga series is being integrated into the X series.
The Samsung Exynos 9810 SoC. (Source: Samsung)

CES 2018 | Samsung intros the Exynos 9 Series 9810 SoC aimed at richer multimedia and AI applications

Samsung has announced the new Exynos 9 Series 9810 SoC based on the 10nm fabrication process. The SoC's high performance cores can reach 2.9 GHz and has a 6CA LTE modem along with the capability for deep learning processing.
Lenovo ThinkVision P32u. (Source: Lenovo)

CES 2018 | Two new Lenovo ThinkVision monitors: The ridiculously thin X24, and the highly color-accurate P32u

Lenovo has announced two new ThinkVision monitors. One is a sleek looking FullHD monitor with a slim body and thin bezels, while the other runs at 4K, boasts a higher degree of color accuracy, and supports a wider range of movement and more inputs.
Apple CEO Tim Cook, Apple buys Buddybuild

Apple acquires Buddybuild

The Canadian app development toolkit makers Buddybuild have joined Apple, where they will become a part of the Xcode engineering group. The financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.
Samsung Headquarters. (Source: Social Barrel)

Samsung sets objective for 2018 at 320 million smartphone shipments, company to focus on higher profit margins

Samsung has reportedly set its target for smartphone shipments for the year at 320 million, just about the same figure the company achieved in 2017. This is said to be the first step in a transition to a business model focusing more on profit margins.
LG may be supplying Apple with 6.5-inch OLED panels for H2 2018 (Image source:

LG may be supplying Apple with 6.5-inch OLED panels for H2 2018

The unconfirmed reports point towards 16 million units of a supposed 6.5-inch iPhone by the end of the year.
Nissan is working on cars that can read your mind

CES 2018 | Nissan is working on cars that can read your mind

Nissan is developing a new technology, named Brain-to-Vehicle (B2V), that will help car interpret human thoughts. The aim of the tech is to help newer cars better anticipate driver decisions and work with the human operator rather than to function autonomously.
Samsung CJ791 QLED curved monitor with Thunderbolt 3 connectivity (Source: Samsung Newsroom)

CES 2018 | Samsung unveils CJ791 curved monitor with Thunderbolt 3 connectivity

The Samsung CJ791 QLED curved monitor has a 4 ms response time and can provide up to 85 W of laptop charging power via the Thunderbolt 3 interface included, which can also provide up to 40 Gbps transfer rate when connected to various peripherals.
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. (Source: NVIDIA)

Consumer NVIDIA GPUs cannot be used in datacenters henceforth

Recent changes to NVIDIA's EULA prohibits datacenter deployment of their consumer grade GeForce GPUs apart from those used for blockchain processing. This being seen as a move to curb deployment of cost-effective GeForce GPUs for half-precision Deep Neural Network processing.
3DMark entries for new laptops with the Intel-AMD MCM. (Source: TUM_APISAK/Imgur)

HP Spectre x360 spotted with new Intel-AMD Core i7-8705G, Asus and Dell could join in as well

A new HP Spectre x360 model has surfaced on 3DMark that features the Intel-AMD MCM. Specifically, the notebook seems to use a Core i7-8705G with Vega M GL graphics.
Torrenting can affect your coziness at home. (Source: The WireCutter)

Torrenting can cost you the ability to remotely control your smart thermostat

Armstrong Zoom Internet has sent notices to its users that copyright infringement can lead to speed throttling that not only affects file transfer but also the ability to remotely control connected devices such as smart thermostats and video monitoring services.
HQ Trivia is now available in the Google Play Store. (Source: TechCrunch)

HQ Trivia now available on Android for users in the United States and Canada

Popular trivia app, HQ Trivia, is now available for Android users in the United States and Canada. The free-to-play app is immensely popular on iOS and players can actually cash out real money by answering questions correctly.
Honey Quest uses technology to target ads based on the user's viewing habits. (Source: NY Times)

Android games found tracking users' TV viewing habits

Many Android games have been found to track the user's TV viewing habits for displaying ads. The games use software from Alphonso that collects data from the phone's microphone, identifies the audio stream, and displays targeted advertising.
WhatsApp had a brief outage at the dawn of the New Year. (Source: VentureBeat)

WhatsApp outages greet users in the New Year

WhatsApp went down in many parts of the world on the occasion of New Year much to the dismay of users. The outage, however, was quickly resolved and the service is now back online.
Samsung Galaxy S9 unofficial render (Source: DBS DESIGNING TEAM)

Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ all set to hit production

The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus are all set to enter into production this January for an official unveiling during MWC in February followed by public availability in March.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip architecture detailed, list of flagships using the Snapdragon 845 to come out in 2018

Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 will power quite a few handsets in 2018

The list of flagships expected to hit the market by the end of 2018 with a Snapdragon 845 onboard includes the HTC U12, Nokia 10, Xiaomi Mi 7, OnePlus 6/6T, Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+, and many more. Obviously, this should be taken with a grain of salt for now.
Samsung patent for AiO modular system (Source: Patently Apple)

Samsung patents modular TV that turns into an AiO PC

A fresh patent by Samsung describes a modular TV that features a curved display and a modular base that can be configured as needed, from a speaker and wireless charger all the way to an AiO PC.
OnePlus 5T Lava Red Limited Edition close up, Sandstone model might launch January 2018

Sandstone OnePlus 5T might hit the market next month

A recently uploaded YouTube video by OnePlus suggests that a stone-textured handset is on its way, although we will probably have an official confirmation at CES 2018, if not sooner.
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.
Huawei plans to expend into the US in 2018. (Source: Gizbot)

Huawei shipped 153 million smartphone units in 2017

Huawei's Rotating CEO, Ken Hu, has announced that the company recorded a grand total of 153 million shipments this year, a significant 10% growth from the 139 million seen in 2016.
Exynos 9 series chips, Exynos 9810 launch date is January 4 (Source: Samsung)

Samsung Exynos 9810 coming next week

The next-gen Exynos chip will launch during an official event that is scheduled to take place on January 4, 2018. The headline of this even is "Beyond a Component" and there are no details for now, but more should be unveiled in the week to come.
Vincenzo and Giacomo Barbato with their 'Steve Jobs' brand. (Source: Business Insider Italia)

Brothers do a neat Italian Job of trademarking 'Steve Jobs'

Vincenzo and Giacomo Barbato have emerged victorious in the legal battle against Apple in naming their brand after Steve Jobs. Their company currently produces clothing and plans to enter into electronics very soon.
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.
Powercast PowerSpot wireless charger (Source: Powercast)

CES 2018 | Wireless charger with 80-feet range hits FCC

Powercast has just announced that its latest wireless charger to get certified by the FCC can deliver power to small, low-power gadgets at distances of up to 80 feet.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Android phablet battery drain bricked units problems late 2017

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 facing serious problems

According to multiple Galaxy Note 8 users, their high-end phablets simply died after the battery ran out, refusing to charge and boot up. For now, Samsung is investigating the problem and advises all those affected to contact its customer support service.
Huawei Mate 10 Android phablet coming to AT&T February 2018

Huawei Mate 10 coming to AT&T in February

Although we already heard that Huawei will enter the US market via AT&T and Verizon Wireless with the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro, now we also know that the smaller of the two is scheduled to hit AT&T in February.
Blink joins Amazon (Source: Blink)

Amazon acquires smart home camera maker Blink

Blink is a company that makes affordable video doorbells and security cameras for both indoor and outdoor use. The financial terms of its acquisition by Amazon have not been disclosed.
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.
Amazon Prime Video service logo, Amazon Prime got over 4 million new users in December 2017

Amazon Prime gained 4 million users in just one week

This holiday season was excellent for Amazon, with twice as many Fire TV Sticks purchased compared to last year's same period, while no less than 4 million people signed up for Amazon Prime in just one week.
The new GP106-350-K3-A1 core. (Source: Expreview)

NVIDIA to launch exclusive GTX 1060 variant with 5 GB VRAM

NVIDIA will soon be launching a new variant of GeForce GTX 1060 with 5 GB GDDR5 VRAM. The card is meant to be sold in bulk to cybercafes and will be exclusive to the Chinese market.

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