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Lenovo confirms IFA 2017 keynote on August 31st (Source: Lenovo)

Lenovo confirms IFA 2017 keynote set for August 31st

The keynote is scheduled for 23:00 local time the day before the official start of IFA 2017 where new product announcements are expected to be announced.
iMCO Watch with Cronologics OS and Alexa launches in India

Alexa-powered iMCO Watch launches in India

Unveiled back in April 2016, this Alexa-powered wearable has changed its name from CoWatch to iMCO Watch in the meantime and is now finally available for purchase via
The Essential Phone was pre-orderable for US$699 in May and should have shipped in June. (Source: Essential)

Andy Rubin's Essential Phone hits delays, trouble

Android brainchild Andy Rubin's Essential Phone should have shipped in June, but that date is over 10 days past. In the midst of the delay, CNBC's Todd Haselton has reported that Essential's head of PR has apparently left the company.
Notebookcheck's Top 10 Tablets

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Tablets

July 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 Phablets (>5.5-inch)

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

July 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 Smartphones

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones

July 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 Smartphones (≤5-inch)

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

July 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 Smartphones under 120 Euros

Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones under 120 Euros

July 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.
The backup power system consists of a 100 MW Li-ion Powerpack from Tesla, coupled with Neoen's Wind Farm near Jamestown, South Australia. (Source: Tesla)

Elon Musk and South Australian authorities team up to develop the biggest Li-ion backup battery

The grid-scale renewable energy backup system will provide enough power for more than 30,000 homes and will become the highest power battery system in the world by a factor of 3, according to Elon Musk.
The Surface Pro features improved performance, battery life, and design over the Surface Pro 4. (Source: Microsoft)

Surface Pro users complain of random shut-offs

Microsoft has confirmed that some Surface Pro units are being affected by sudden and random hibernation — though other users assert the laptop is simply turning off abruptly, causing them to lose work.
Jawbone fitness trackers, Jawbone finally out of business as of early July 2017

Jawbone is apparently gone

Although the company declines to comment, multiple sources confirm that the brand that delivered many Bluetooth headphones, wireless speakers, and fitness trackers is now gone and its CEO and many employees moved to Jawbone Health Hub.
Image source: Sony

PS4 on PC: Sony brings PlayStation 4 games to PC via PlayStation Now

Sony has released 20 PlayStation 4 titles as a part of their PlayStation Now game streaming service. By using PS Now, these games can be played on either a PlayStation 4 or PC.
A resolution passed by the European Parliament echoes the demands of consumers and companies like iFixit: give us devices that are easier to repair. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Europeans want devices that can be easily repaired

In 2014, a poll showed that a majority of consumers in the EU would prefer to repair their old devices instead of just buying new ones. Recently, the European Parliament passed a resolution calling for device manufacturers to create products better suited to meet this demand.
A gold chip containing the  scannable graphene-based ID. (Source: Lancaster University)

New counterfeit detection system uses quantum physics and smartphone software

Scientists from Lancaster University have developed an anti-counterfeit system that uses atomic-scale 2D graphene and quantum properties to tag any kind of object as genuine through a smartphone app.
Ticketmasters wants to replace paper tickets, NFC and QR codes with audio Smart Tones. (Source: Ticketmaster)

Ultrasounds coming from smartphones could replace paper tickets in the near future

With data-over-audio technology from Ticketmaster, customers can skip the ticket checking process and event organizers can reduce fraud.
Nvidia GTX 1060 is now the most popular DirectX 12 GPU amongst Steam users

The GTX 1060 is finally more popular than the GTX 750 Ti on Steam

The GTX 1060 has just jumped ahead of the GTX 750 Ti on Steam's latest hardware survey with a very high 1.1 percent month-to-month growth rate.
The GTX 1080Ti is the current king of consumer gaming cards. (Source: NewEgg)

Deal: GTX 1080 Ti with 11 GB RAM now available for US$634 with free shipping

Usually priced around US$800, Dell is currently offering a stellar deal on an 11GB PNY XLR8 GeForce GTX 1080 Ti: the card is available now for US$633.99 with free shipping.
Bright, Fast, Slim, and Dual: ISOCELL's "technological sub-brands" promise prioritized focus depending on the application. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung targets more markets with its ISOCELL brand

Unveiled last week at the 2017 MWC in Shanghai, ISOCELL, Samsung's new image sensor brand, looks to continue the legacy of its namesake technology. The company emphasizes the brand's versatility, and expects to see its adoption in a host of products.
Google Drive to become Backup and Sync in the coming weeks, June 28 launch postponed

Google delays Backup and Sync's release

Although Google Drive was supposed to be replaced by Backup and Sync on June 28, it looks like this change has been delayed by a few weeks and, sadly, there is no accurate launch date to talk about at this stage.
Will the Touch ID fingerprint scanner disappear from the next iPhone? A recent report claims that Apple has a new authentication technology in the works. (Source: Apple)

Rumor: Apple to scrap Touch ID with the iPhone 8

Seeing its debut on the iPhone 5S, Apple's Touch ID has become a staple feature across the company's lineup of devices. However, a recent report suggests that the company is looking to introduce a new form of authentication with the next iPhone.
The MK Player360 can add to the comfort of a hotel room and enhance the atmosphere. (Source: Broomx)

Broomx MK Player360 projects VR content on your walls

The MK Player360 is a VR projector that proves that users can enjoy immersive experiences without the need of a headset.
Android 8.0 confirmed to launch in Q3 2017, might be known as "Oreo"

Android 8.0 confirmed to arrive in Q3

Although the accurate launch date is still unknown and Android Oreo is still an unconfirmed name, Google revealed that the next major Android version is scheduled to arrive by the end of this year's third quarter.
Windows 10 users will be prompted to update to the latest version of the OS. Additionally, users are encouraged to review their privacy settings. (Source: Microsoft)

Users still running the first version of Windows 10 are encouraged to update

Microsoft announced in May that, having reached its end-of-life, the initial release of Windows 10 (version 1507) would no longer receive monthly quality updates. Users still running the outdated version of the OS will now be prompted to update via a desktop notification, according to a recent post to the company's blog.
Samsung is re-launching the year-old Galaxy Note 7 as the Galaxy Note Fandom Edition for US$600. (Source: Samsung)

Two months before the launch of the Galaxy Note 8, Samsung re-launches the Note 7 in Korea

Samsung is launching the Galaxy Note 7 again as the Galaxy Note Fandom Edition (FE) in South Korea. While the launch of the Note FE is only two months ahead of the launch of the Note 8, it looks like the Note 8 will be twice the price of the FE, so there will not be much cannibalization of sales.
From its completion in 2004 until 2009, Taipei 101 was awarded the distinction of being the world's tallest building. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Apple opens first store in Taiwan at base of landmark skyscraper Taipei 101

Apple has opened its first store in Taiwan at the base of one of the world's tallest buildings, Taipei 101.
Negotiations with Microsoft by the Indian Government may offer users a low cost upgrade option to Windows 10. (Source: Microsoft)

Microsoft pressured to offer Windows 10 upgrades at 75 percent off due to ransomware attacks

With many devices still languishing with older Windows versions, the Indian Government is pressing Microsoft for a one-time discount on Windows 10 to curb the proliferation of ransomware.
Microsoft acquires Cloudyn to help improve Azure

Microsoft acquires Cloudyn

This new acquisition aims to help the Redmond giant improve its cloud services, more precisely Microsoft Azure. Cloudyn's technology allows enterprise customers to optimize their cloud-related spending.
Microsoft Surface Pro 2017 (i5-7300U, 256 GB) Convertible Review

90% Microsoft Surface Pro 2017 (i5-7300U, 256 GB) Convertible Review

Olden but golden. Without a USB Type-C or Thunderbolt 3, the 2017 model of Microsoft's Surface Pro seems kind of dowdy. The fanless operation we have already seen in Acer's Alpha 12, and unfortunately the device throttles noticeably. Is the only benefit left really its decent battery life?
Intel Core i5-7300U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 12.3" | 1.1 kg
LG G6+ Android phablet hits South Korea next to cheaper 32 GB LG G6 flagship

LG G6+ launches in South Korea

Although it has the same processor, screen size, and the same amount of memory as the LG G6, the G6+ comes with 128 GB internal storage space. Next to the G6+, a cheaper 32 GB LG G6 arrives in Korea as well, both featuring LG Pay support.
Facebook hits 2 billion users in late June 2017 and launches Good Adds Up campaign

Facebook reaches 2 billion users

According to Mark Zuckerberg, there are no less than 2 billion people connecting to Facebook each month, while more than 800 million like something on Facebook each day. At last, more than 1 billion use Groups every month.
With its vast user base, a recently discovered security flaw in Skype could potentially put millions of users at risk. (Source: Microsoft)

Security exploit discovered in Skype

A recently discovered security flaw in Skype potentially allows remote attackers to execute malicious code. Microsoft has since fixed the vulnerability in a patch, and Skype users are urged to make sure their Skype application is up-to-date.
Toshiba Portégé X30 (i7-7600U, 256 GB) Laptop Review

88% Toshiba Portégé X30 (i7-7600U, 256 GB) Laptop Review

Featherweight champion? Toshiba's Portégé X30 packs tons of features in one of the lightest bodies currently available. Can the X30 compete with other thin-and-light heavyweights, or will it get knocked out?
Intel Core i7-7600U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 13.3" | 1 kg
Apple iPhone 7 Plus flagship, the iPhone has been around for a decade

Apple's iPhone is now 10 years old

After being announced earlier that year, the original iPhone arrived in stores on June 29, 2007, exactly a decade ago. More than a billion Apple flagships were sold since then, the latest major update arriving in mid-September 2016.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Android phablet to return as Samsung Galaxy Note 7 FE

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 FE might launch next week

The ill-fated Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is expected to return to the market in early July. This time, it will be sold as Galaxy Note 7 FE (Fandom Edition). The first country to get it would be South Korea, for a price tag of around $615 USD.
The new 96-layer BiCS 3D Flash chip will see mass production in 2018. (Source: Computerworld)

Toshiba announces 96-layer 3D Flash chips for SSDs

Toshiba and Western Digital counterattack Intel's affordable 64-layer 3D flash SSD launch with announcement of their upcoming 96-layer 3D Flash chips that are said to provide 40% more capacity per chip and cut down costs even more.
Samsung representative receives the "Best Smartphone" award at AMO 17 for the Galaxy S8 flagship

Latest Galaxy flagship named "Best Smartphone" at the Asia Mobile Awards

This award comes after all the entries have been assessed by a panel of journalists, analysts and influencers "based on a wide array of criteria ranging from physical design and UX (user experience) to performance, simplicity of use, value for money and sheer innovation."
Lexar's JumpDrive brand was once synonymous with USB storage. (Image source: Amazon)

Lexar memory cards and flash drives have been discontinued

Micron Technology, Inc., stated that they will discontinue the Lexar brand of removable storage devices in an effort to pursue "higher value markets."
While the price tag of $270 may not sound like a deal, it's the cheapest the 1TB SanDisk Ultra II SSD has been in a few months amid inflated prices. (Source: Amazon)

Deal: Save $50 on a 1TB SSD through Amazon

The 1TB SanDisk Ultra II SSD, a 2.5-inch SATA III drive, is currently on sale on Amazon. Customers looking for a high-capacity SSD at a relatively low price may want to act on this deal.
Google Home now shipping in Canada

Google Home starts shipping in Canada

In addition to its arrival in Canada, Google's smart speaker has finally received French language support. Sadly, there are only two languages supported by Google Home and Google Assistant right now - English and French.
The Asus Mining RX 470 is a card designed for the mining of cryptocurrencies. (Source: Asus)

Asus reveals mining cards for crypto enthusiasts

Asus announces the Mining RX 470 and P106 graphics cards, specifically designed for cryptocurrency mining, The cards should increse mining efficiency by up to 36%.
Valve's Steam Link allows users to stream their PC games to the living room. It's currently being offered for under $15. (Source: Valve)

Steam Link on sale for $15

Valve kicked off its annual Steam Summer Sale last week, slashing prices on games and software. Also on sale is the company's offering of accessories and hardware, including the Steam Link for $15.
Panasonic: Toughbook CF-XZ6 announced

Panasonic: Toughbook CF-XZ6 announced

Toughbook goes Business. With the new CF-XZ6, Panasonic has announced a particularly slim convertible for the first time, which is aimed at business users. The detachable with a total weight of about 1.2 kg (~2.6 lb) lacks prominent bumpers and features many interfaces. On top of that, it delivers a battery life of up to 14 hours.
Apple has acquired German eye-tracking company for an undisclosed amount (Source: SMI)

Apple has acquired German eye-tracking company for an undisclosed amount

What exactly Apple has in mind with its newly acquired patents and technology remains unknown.
Samsung Gear S3 smartwatch, Samsung leading the wearable market for the first time

Samsung has finally managed to beat Fitbit

According to Strategy Analytics, Samsung has finally managed to steal the silver crown of the wearable market from Fitbit, but Apple still owns more than half of the entire market.
The bug affects all Kaby Lake and Skylake chips with Hyperthreading. (Source: Intel)

Serious Hyperthreading bug affects Intel Skylake and Kaby Lake architectures

A serious bug in the microcode for Intel's Kaby Lake and Skylake CPUs has been found. The bug can cause misbehavior of software and loss of data. It affects all 6th and 7th-gen CPUs with Hyperthreading enabled.
Samsung Galaxy S8+ in Rose Pink finish coming to Taiwan in July 2017

Rose Pink Galaxy S8+ coming next month

Not long after rebranding to blue, gold, and gray color options of the Galaxy S8/S8+ flagships for the Taiwanese market, Samsung decides to launch a limited edition Rose Pink variant in the country. It will become available next month online, for a short period.
Samsung Pay receives support for Discover cards in late June 2017

Samsung Pay gets support for Discover cards

Although Discover promised its customers to bring the company's cards to Samsung Pay in early 2016, adding this functionality took far longer than expected. However, Discover cards can now finally be added to Samsung Pay.
Huawei P10 Android flagship full color range

Huawei opens R&D center in Brazil

The Chinese brand teamed up with a local government agency and opened a research and development facility in Santa Rita do Sapucai, in the state of Minas Gerais. Huawei invested $1.3 million in the center.
 Acer TravelMate P648 G2 M 7619

90% Acer TravelMate P648-G2 (i7, 256 GB) Laptop Review

The predecessor of Acer's TravelMate P648-G2 managed a very good fourth place among devices by Dell, Lenovo, and HP. The present test proves that Acer remains close to its competitors thanks to regular component updates and that it continues to establish itself as a manufacturer of high-performance business laptops.
Intel Core i7-7500U | Intel HD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.7 kg
The Galaxy Note 8 has a lot to prove after the disastrous recall of the Note 7, but will a US$1000 price tag help its cause? (Source: Samsung)

Samsung Galaxy Note 8's US$1000 price tag shows the trend for future flagships

Apple's iPhone 8 was tipped to cost north of US$1000 for its highest-end configurations back in May. Now, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has been tipped for a late-September release at an impressive €999. We can expect flagships to cost more and more as companies realize the benefits of higher-margin devices.

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Redaktion, 2013-05- 8 (Update: 2013-09-27)