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Do not install the One UI 2.0 update on your Samsung Galaxy A70

Android 10 update for Galaxy A70 reportedly bricks some variants of the phone

The Android 10-based One UI 2.0 update for the Samsung Galaxy A70 reportedly causes some variants of the phone to stop working. You can get around the problem by sideloading Android 9 Pie on to your phone. If that isn't an option,...
Anil Satyanarayana, Thu, 09 Apr 2020 18:18:00 +0200
Firefox 75 is collecting data from you by default, and you may not know it. (Image via Firefox w/ edits)

Firefox 75 includes telemetry that sends data about your default browser settings to Mozilla every day

The latest version of Firefox for Windows, Firefox 75, includes a default telemetry practice that sends users' default browser settings to Mozilla once a day. The data is sent via a Windows scheduled task. While disabling this tel...
Sam Medley, Thu, 09 Apr 2020 16:20:00 +0200
Lenovo ThinkPad T14, T14s & X13: AMD Ryzen 4000 versions do not feature Thunderbolt after all

Lenovo ThinkPad T14, T14s & X13: AMD Ryzen 4000 versions do not feature Thunderbolt after all

When Lenovo announced the new 2020 ThinkPad lineup in late February, the addition of Thunderbolt 3 to the AMD versions of the new ThinkPad T14, ThinkPad T14s and ThinkPad X13 was big news. Two months later and close to the release...
Benjamin Herzig, Thu, 09 Apr 2020 16:12:00 +0200
Lenovo has now acknowledged its mistake. (Image source: Lenovo)

Lenovo caught silently downgrading the ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2 to a GTX 1650 Max-Q

Lenovo has finally admitted that the X1 Extreme Gen 2 has a GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q GPU, not the full GTX 1650 that it has been advertising the laptop as having in some regions. Albeit tacitly and over six months late, it is encour...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 09 Apr 2020 15:25:00 +0200
When 8th gen Core i5 is faster than 10th gen Core i7: LG Gram 14 drops the ball on performance (Image source: LG)

Fail | Apparently, LG thinks it's okay to sell a 10th gen Core i7 laptop that's slower than the 7th gen Core i5 model

The latest LG Gram 14 drops the ball on performance when even its previous generation Core i5-8250U configuration can outperform the newer Core i7-10510U config...
Intel Core i7-10510U | Intel UHD Graphics 620 | 14" | 1.2 kg
Allen Ngo, Thu, 09 Apr 2020 04:26:00 +0200
Fancy spending several thousand US dollars on an RTX 2080 Ti? (Image source: NVIDIA)

NVIDIA RTX 2080 Ti Cyperpunk 2077 Edition GPUs are fetching crazy amounts of money online

Having given 77 of 200 units away to fans, NVIDIA does not plan to sell the RTX 2080 Ti Cyberpunk 2077. However, several have appeared online and are fetching prices upwards of US$6,152. Act now if you want an over-priced piece of...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 08 Apr 2020 22:53:00 +0200
Several MediaTek phones have been found to be cheating in benchmarks

MediaTek allegedly cheated on a host of popular mobile benchmarking tests

MediaTek has been accused of artificially inflating benchmark scores on some of their devices. The shortcoming came to light when a reviewer found that a Helio P95 chip outperformed a Dimensity 1000L in PCMark. Some digging reveal...
Anil Satyanarayana, Wed, 08 Apr 2020 19:55:00 +0200
Atari has still not paid the designer behind its latest game console for his work. (Image source: Atari)

Atari VCS: The console's designer is suing Atari for US$260,000 following the console's indefinite delay

While Atari is still struggling to manufacture its latest game console and ship it to Indiegogo backers, the system architect is suing the company for US$260,000, the salary that he claims the company still owes him.
Alex Alderson, Tue, 07 Apr 2020 14:50:00 +0200
The Mi A3 received its first Android 10 update in February. (Image source: Xiaomi)

Android 10 hits the Xiaomi Mi A3 again, but fans continue to complain about unaddressed bugs and no update for EU handsets

Xiaomi just cannot get Android 10 right on the Mi A3. The device is now on its third Android 10 build, but Xiaomi has neglected to fix the bugs that have been affecting some handsets since February. V11.0.11.0.QFQMIXM is live now ...
Alex Alderson, Tue, 07 Apr 2020 14:46:00 +0200
Samsung's Exynos team apparently feels humiliated by Samsung releasing the Snapdragon variant of the Galaxy S20 series in South Korea. (Image source: Samsung)

Opinion | Samsung's Exynos 990 snub in South Korea could be the final nail in the coffin for its beleaguered chipset subdivision

The Exynos 990 has come in for a lot of criticism internationally. As we have discussed in our reviews of the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+ and Galaxy S20 Ultra, the Exynos 990 is a bit of a stinker. Samsung even dropped its in-house ch...
Alex Alderson, Sun, 05 Apr 2020 00:36:00 +0200
The Samsung Galaxy S20 trio.

Opinion | Samsung refutes reports of performance disparities between the Exynos 990 and Snapdragon 865

The Exynos 990 being a significantly worse chipset than the Snapdragon 865—or even last year's Snapdragon 855—may as well be fact at this point. Samsung appears to disagree, though, for what it's worth.
Ricci Rox, Sat, 04 Apr 2020 23:53:00 +0200
The Huawei Mate 10 Pro was released in late 2017. (Source: Slickdeals)

Opinion | Huawei Mate 10 Pro, P20 Pro snubbed in EMUI 10.1 update roadmap

Huawei released the Mate 10 Pro in late 2017 and the P20 Pro about two years ago. The phones have received two major updates—although the EMUI 10 rollout is still ongoing—and while one would expect them to also get the EMUI 10.1 u...
Ricci Rox, Sat, 04 Apr 2020 11:01:00 +0200
The Mi A2 Lite has received another disappointing update. (Image source: Geekyranjit)

Mi A2 Lite goes the way of the Mi A3 with latest update, and fans aren't happy about it

Still waiting for a fixed Android 10 build on your Mi A2 Lite? Well, the device has lucked out once again, as Xiaomi has pushed a new frustrating update to the Android One handset. Android 10 may be on the horizon, but this certai...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 03 Apr 2020 20:29:00 +0200
There is a growing rumor that Sony might have to redesign the PS5 console. (Image source: ADSLZone)

Rumor | Incendiary post infuriates PlayStation 5 fans with claims that Sony may have to delay and redesign the PS5 due to heating issues

A controversial post about the PlayStation 5 has rapidly spread across social media and forums due to its content. Although the claims made are currently unverifiable and the poster has made previous desultory comments about PlayS...
Daniel R Deakin, Fri, 03 Apr 2020 11:34:00 +0200
Huawei's P40 series has been praised for its excellent cameras. (Image source: Huawei)

Alleged domestic prices for the Huawei P40 series will frustrate buyers of the global variants

The alleged domestic prices for the Huawei P40 smartphones have been leaked online, and they are considerably lower than the prices customers will have to pay for the flagship smartphones in the European and UK markets. It has bee...
Daniel R Deakin, Thu, 02 Apr 2020 12:49:00 +0200
Will we see a redesigned XPS 15 this year, or another XPS 15 9550 rehash? (Image source: Dell)

Discussion | The XPS 15 has grown stale, and UserBenchmark listings for the 2020 edition suggest that Dell is happy with it remaining that way

It seems that Dell has forgotten about the XPS 15. While we continue to award the device top marks year on year, Dell has essentially been releasing minor revisions of the same machine since 2015. Now, several UserBenchmark listin...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 01 Apr 2020 17:33:00 +0200
This render based on a PS5 devkit features the now familiar V-shaped design. (Image source: LetsGoDigital)

New video of a PlayStation 5 devkit in action showing the main menu looks great - but sorry, PS5 fans, it's fake

A video clip of a supposed PlayStation 5 devkit in action has been recently uploaded to YouTube. There is a brief glimpse at the hardware and then the camera moves to a large monitor where we get a great look at the main menu and ...
Daniel R Deakin, Wed, 01 Apr 2020 15:20:00 +0200
Xiaomi Redmi fans in India will soon have to pay more for their mobile phone of choice. (Image source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi and POCO announce mobile phone price increases in India due to raised GST

Both Xiaomi and POCO have revealed plans to raise the prices of their smartphone products in India due to the increase in Goods and Service Tax on mobile phones. The rate has gone from 12% to 18% and Xiaomi and POCO will soon be u...
Daniel R Deakin, Wed, 01 Apr 2020 13:20:00 +0200
Today is World Backup Day, so you might want to ensure your essential digital assets are safe (Source: World Backup Day)

Are your files safe? Today is World Backup Day

Since almost 20 percent of computer users have been targeted by a malware attack in the last year and about the same percentage have never backed up their data, today is a great day to finally back up your files or refresh your ex...
Codrut Nistor, Tue, 31 Mar 2020 14:17:00 +0200
Huawei is not being entirely honest in its marketing renders for the P40 Pro. (Image sources: Huawei & Notebookcheck)

Opinion | The bezels of the Huawei P40 Pro underlines why you should not trust marketing renders

It turns out that Huawei got creative with the renders of the P40 Pro. That is a polite way of saying that Huawei duped people into believing that the P40 Pro has smaller bezels than it does in reality.
Alex Alderson, Mon, 30 Mar 2020 20:00:00 +0200
Apple: Retina Macbook Air suffers from the staingate-problem

Apple: Retina Macbook Air suffers from the staingate problem

The staingate has plagued Apple's laptops for years. Now the manufacturer has confirmed that yet another newer Macbook is exhibiting this problem: The Macbook Air with Retina screen does sometimes develop the typical staingate sym...
Benjamin Herzig, Sat, 28 Mar 2020 00:48:00 +0100
The new iPad Pro is just as fragile as its predecessor. (Image source: EverythingApplePro via Wccftech)

Bendgate 3.0: The iPad Pro is still as soft as butter

The new iPad Pro may not only feature essentially the same SoC as its predecessor, but it is just as fragile too. It seems that while Apple has been able to add improved camera hardware, it forgot to improve structural integrity. ...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 27 Mar 2020 12:59:00 +0100
What on earth is Xiaomi doing? (Image source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi Mi A3 owners awake to a bizarre new update

Hopeful that Xiaomi is planning to fix Android 10 for the Mi A3? Well, the company has other plans. Unsurprisingly, people are unhappy by this latest curveball as the wait for a fixed version of Android 10 for the Mi A3 continues.
Alex Alderson, Thu, 26 Mar 2020 20:16:00 +0100
No, most P20 Pro variants have not received EMUI 10, yet. (Image source: Gadgets Now)

Not received Android 10 on your P20 Pro yet? You're not alone

Supposedly released to the device last month, it seems that hordes of people are yet EMUI 10 on their P20 Pro. If you are one of them, then you're not alone.
Alex Alderson, Wed, 25 Mar 2020 23:29:00 +0100
Huawei will likely debut EMUI 10.1 on the P40 series. (Image source: Huawei)

Huawei announces EMUI 10.1 amid furious complaints about EMUI 10 rollout

Huawei is set to announce EMUI 10.1 alongside the P40 series tomorrow, with the new flagships likely candidates as the first smartphones to run the latest version of Huawei's OS. The announcement has been met with considerable cri...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 25 Mar 2020 19:21:00 +0100
PlayStation fans have been unhappy about some games losing their "Only on PlayStation" tag. (Image source: Sony)

Opinion | Another Horizon Zero Dawn? Rumours spread about God of War making the jump from PS4 exclusive to PC, but that is not the full picture

Perhaps fearing another Death Stranding or Horizon Zero Dawn fiasco, rumours are circulating that God of War may be headed to PC, too. While that may prey on the vulnerabilities of PlayStation fanboys, there is little evidence to ...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 25 Mar 2020 15:39:00 +0100
Coronavirus: Computex 2020 gets postponed to September

Coronavirus: Computex 2020 gets postponed to September

Yet another technology exhibition has to wave the white flag, as the Taiwanese tech-show Computex announced today that it will not happen this June. However, the exhibitors still hope that Computex will eventually happen this year...
Benjamin Herzig, Tue, 24 Mar 2020 18:56:00 +0100
The Redmi Note 7 series is yet to receive an OS upgrade following its release in January 2019. (Image source: Spider's Web)

Android 10 for the Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7 Pro is still in development, but there's no ETA for releasing the update

Waiting for Android 10 on your Redmi Note 7 or Redmi Note 7 Pro? Well unless you are willing to install builds, then Xiaomi will have you waiting for a while yet. That's right, the OS upgrade may be in development, but there is no...
Alex Alderson, Tue, 24 Mar 2020 15:41:00 +0100
It seems that more Mi A3 handsets are now receiving Xiaomi's latest buggy Android 10 build. (Image source: Xiaomi)

PSA: Do not upgrade your Mi A3 to Xiaomi's latest buggy Android 10 update

Xiaomi has extended the rollout of the latest Android 10 update for the Mi A3, despite there being seemingly endless reports of it being as buggy as the last update that the company was forced to pull. Ignore Xiaomi's recklessness...
Alex Alderson, Tue, 24 Mar 2020 15:00:00 +0100
The PS5 will almost certainly face a performance deficit against the Series X (Image source: Playstation UK)

No, the PS5 won’t offer anywhere near the graphics performance of Xbox Series X: Navi benchmarks prove it

Sony’s claim that high clockspeeds offset its meagre shader allocation on the PlayStation 5 doesn’t hold water when Navi overclocking results are factored in. Due to non-linear performance/clock scaling, the likely performance def...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Fri, 20 Mar 2020 17:24:00 +0100
Xiaomi is really struggling with Android 10 for the Mi A3. (Image source: Xiaomi)

The Xiaomi Mi A3 suffers from another suspension of its Android 10 rollout because of a buggy update; no new release in sight either

Déjà vu, Mi A3 owners. Xiaomi has now pulled the latest update for the device, which would have brought Android 10 to many devices. Seemingly as bug-ridden as the first Android 10 update, Xiaomi needs to get its act together.
Alex Alderson, Fri, 20 Mar 2020 17:03:00 +0100
Shambolic. (Source: Chong Liu)

The Exynos 990-powered Samsung Galaxy S20 series is not a good choice for smartphone gamers

When shelling out up to the equivalent of US$1600 for a new phone, one would expect it to be the class-leading in performance, or at least better than last year's releases. Not the Galaxy S20, though, as a new test has shown the E...
Ricci Rox, Thu, 19 Mar 2020 21:52:00 +0100
The Mi A2 is just receiving the March security update for the time being. (Image source: Xiaomi)

The Xiaomi Mi A2 follows the Mi A3 with a new disappointing update

Hoping that Xiaomi would release an update for your Mi A2 that would the numerous bugs that Android 10 introduced? Think again, as Xiaomi has opted for a different tactic instead.
Alex Alderson, Thu, 19 Mar 2020 18:57:00 +0100
Xiaomi released the Mi A1 in September 2017. (Image source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi Mi A1 receives another update, but no Android 10 incoming

The chances of the Mi A1 receiving Android 10 look increasingly slim, with Xiaomi issuing a new underwhelming update for its first Android One smartphone. Expect to see Xiaomi and Google abandon the Mi A1 altogether by the end of ...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 18 Mar 2020 13:29:00 +0100
A great phone blighted by a frustrating issue. (Image source: Xiaomi)

Some Xiaomi Mi Note 10 handsets are facing Bluetooth audio dropouts

While the Mi Note 10 series is an unashamed P30 Pro clone it has one thing that Huawei's flagship lacks, a glaring Bluetooth issue. Poor design or a software issue? It could be both.
Alex Alderson, Tue, 17 Mar 2020 20:37:00 +0100
NVIDIA has now changed the GPU name in its latest Game Ready driver (442.59). (Image source: Lenovo)

It's official, the ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2 has an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q GPU, not a GTX 1650 as advertised

Lenovo may continue to advertise the ThinkPad X1 Gen 2 with a GeForce GTX 1650 GPU in many regions, but that is simply not the case. While the device's GPU has always performed like a GTX 1650 Max-Q, an NVIDIA driver update confir...
Alex Alderson, Tue, 17 Mar 2020 20:29:00 +0100
The Mi A2 Lite may receive another Android 10 update before the end of the month. (Image source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi promises new Android 10 update for the Mi A2 Lite before the end of March; offers to fix units bricked by botched update too

Mi A2 Lite owners have had a bad time of things lately. With the device's Android 10 update causing bootloops on some units, Xiaomi has now urged people to bring their affected handsets in for repair. The company is hoping to rele...
Alex Alderson, Tue, 17 Mar 2020 20:19:00 +0100
Image via Apple (w/ edits)

Apple closes all physical retail stores due to coronavirus

In response to the growing spread of the novel coronavirus, Apple has decided to close all of its retail stores. Additionally, the company will allow office and corporate workers to pursue "flexible work arrangements." Apple has j...
Sam Medley, Tue, 17 Mar 2020 16:18:00 +0100
No Android 10 for the Redmi Note 8 this month. (Image source: Xiaomi)

Android 10 is not hitting the Redmi Note 8 this month

While the Redmi Note 8 Pro has already received Android 10, it seems that Xiaomi is putting the OS upgrade on hold for the Redmi Note 8 until at least next month. Released to handsets today, the latest MIUI 11 update remains on An...
Alex Alderson, Mon, 16 Mar 2020 19:08:00 +0100
The Motorola Razr will arrive on Flipkart on April 2nd (Image source: Motorola)

Motorola Razr launches in India, at Rs. 124,000 (US$1672): redefines inverse price-performance

The Motorola Razr is set to arrive in India on April 2nd. The phone maker's 2005-ain't-dead clamshell foldable will sell on Flipkart for Rs. 124,000 (US$1672).
Arjun Krishna Lal, Mon, 16 Mar 2020 12:57:00 +0100
Intel chips now dominate the latest version of the PerformanceTest single-thread list. (Image source: PassMark/edited)

AMD obliterated from PassMark's single-thread performance chart as Intel claims top 34 places thanks to version 10 update

The PassMark site has recently introduced version 10 of its PerformanceTest benchmark, with the result being that Intel processors now utterly dominate the single-thread performance chart. The Intel Core i9-9900KS tops the list wi...
Daniel R Deakin, Sat, 14 Mar 2020 11:55:00 +0100
The ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2 has a GTX 1650 Max-Q, despite what Lenovo may have you believe. (Image source: Lenovo)

ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2: NVIDIA confirms that Lenovo's multimedia laptop has a GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, not a regular GTX 1650

While Lenovo remains unsure about which GPU it has included in the ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2, NVIDIA has confirmed that it is not the regular GeForce GTX 1650. As expected, Lenovo has included a GTX 1650 Max-Q instead. While NVIDI...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 12 Mar 2020 20:09:00 +0100
Image: stock photo w/ edits

Facebook and Google ban ads selling medical face masks

Google and Facebook are responding to price gouging surrounding the sales of medical face masks by banning ads for face masks. The bans are efforts to fight against the exploitative sale of medical supplies amidst growing fears su...
Sam Medley, Thu, 12 Mar 2020 04:07:00 +0100
Android 10 is probably the last OS upgrade that the Mi A2 Lite will receive. (Image source: Xiaomi)

Mi A2 Lite: Xiaomi halts Android 10 rollout for another of its Android One handsets amid claims that rolling back to Android 9.0 Pie causes system instabilities

Xiaomi is having a torrid time with Android One updates lately. The company has now pulled the second Android One OS upgrade in as many weeks, with the Mi A2 Lite the latest handset to receive a bug-ridden Android 10 build. The ne...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 11 Mar 2020 23:20:00 +0100
Image via E3 (with edits)

E3 2020 | E3 2020 officially cancelled due to coronavirus fears

E3 2020 has been canceled over concerns of the coronavirus. This marks the first time that the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) has been canceled since its inception in 1995. E3 is the largest gaming event every year.
Sam Medley, Wed, 11 Mar 2020 16:26:00 +0100
The Mi Note 10 and Mi Note 10 Pro remain on Android 9.0 Pie for the time being. (Image source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 and Mi Note 10 Pro owners awake to another frustrating round of MIUI 11 updates

The Mi Note 10 and Mi Note 10 Pro are oddities. Essentially rip-offs of the P30 Pro, the Mi Note 10 series are neither flagships nor mid-range handsets. Xiaomi's software support for the two devices reinforces that they are more t...
Alex Alderson, Tue, 10 Mar 2020 18:17:00 +0100
SETI@home Water World custom graphics interface (Source: SETI@home graphics)

Two-decade old [email protected] project going down at the end of the month

This might have passed under the radar of many people, but the fact that the volunteer computing part of the 21-year-old [email protected] project will go into hibernation is quite big news, especially since this amazing effort did not ma...
Codrut Nistor, Mon, 09 Mar 2020 14:25:00 +0100
It has been a rocky start for the Mi A3 on Android 10. (Image source: Xiaomi)

The Xiaomi Mi A3 starts receiving a fixed version of Android 10 amid warnings of rolling back to Android 9.0 Pie causing errors and defects

Reports are that Xiaomi has fixed the bugs that affected last weekend's Android 10 upgrade for the Mi A3. However, the company also warns that rolling back to Android 9.0 Pie from Android 10 can cause system instabilities, which i...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 06 Mar 2020 17:14:00 +0100
Huawei released the original P20 Lite in March 2018. (Image source: Huawei)

Rumour | Huawei fuels speculation that it has binned the P20 Lite after one software update, and thousands of people are not happy about it

It seems that the P20 Lite may forever remain on EMUI 9.1. Android 10 and EMUI 10 are not on the way despite the P20 Lite only having received one OS upgrade. Unsurprisingly, fans and owners of the device are unhappy about the new...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 06 Mar 2020 13:08:00 +0100
PS5 or goldfish bowl with handy connectivity? (Image source: Reddit/CCN)

Updated | PlayStation 5 or goldfish bowl with surprising connectivity? "Leaked" design will keep expectant fans smiling until the real PS5 is unveiled

Sony is still withholding the final design of the PlayStation 5, leaving console fans little else to do than scour the Internet in the hope of finding a clue or a leaked image. A new “leaked” design looks nothing like the numerous...
Daniel R Deakin, Fri, 06 Mar 2020 11:10:00 +0100

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