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The V50 ThinQ has already started receiving Android 10 in South Korea. (Image source: @SomeGadgetGuy)

Dropping like flies: LG announces its LG UX 9.0 Android 10 roadmap

Two years ago, LG promised that it would start delivering updates faster and more frequently. While 2019 largely proved a bust in that regard, the company has already started pushing Android 10 to the V50 ThinQ. Now, the company h...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 24 Jan 2020 17:21:00 +0100
The Mi A2 Lite has only received one OS upgrade since launching in July 2018. (Image source: Frandroid)

Xiaomi fuels speculation that it has binned the Mi A2 Lite after just one OS upgrade

Xiaomi launched the Mi A2 Lite in mid-2018 running Android One, making it eligible for at least one more OS upgrade. However, the company has now sparked talk online about whether the device will even receive Android 10, with it s...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 24 Jan 2020 16:57:00 +0100
The RX 5600 XT, a card that comes in many guises. (Image source: AMD)

Opinion | AMD has messed up the release of the RX 5600 XT, but it still emerges victorious over NVIDIA

Paraphrasing Radeon VP Scott Herkelman, has AMD jebaited NVIDIA again, or has it pulled one on itself this time? The Radeon RX 5600 XT may be an excellent mid-tier desktop GPU, but the manner in which AMD has released it is nothin...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 24 Jan 2020 13:39:00 +0100
Thunderbolt 3 functionality is failing across multiple ThinkPad variants.

ThinkPad Thunderbolt 3 failure: What's happening, why it's happening, and how to fix it

Nearly 40 ThinkPad models have a problem - the Thunderbolt 3 ports in them randomly stop working. Lenovo has pushed out a fix to users, but what does it do? Does it actually solve the problem? If it doesn't, are the devices even repairable, and will Lenovo repair your device for free?
Loki Rautio, Fri, 24 Jan 2020 00:57:00 +0100
The S20 Ultra, so big it could have its own postcode. (Image source: 91mobiles & @ishanagarwal24)

Opinion | The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra looks worse than could have been imagined

A new day, and a new set of leaks about the Galaxy S20 series. These, as most tend to, purport to be the most accurate yet, and they do not show the S20 Ultra in a good light. Who knew that Samsung could go bigger than Google and ...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 23 Jan 2020 23:23:00 +0100
AMD's Ryzen 4000 series mobile processors feature Radeon Graphics. (Image source: AMD)

AMD's Ryzen 7 4800H mobile APU spotted surpassing Intel's Core i7-9700K desktop CPU in Time Spy benchmark

A noted data miner has dug out an impressive result for AMD’s Ryzen 7 4800H in 3DMark’s Time Spy benchmark. The Ryzen 4000 series chip from the new Renoir family of APUs amassed a total of 8,350 points in the test, putting it ahea...
Daniel R Deakin, Thu, 23 Jan 2020 04:55:00 +0100
A look at the afflicted Galaxy S7 Edge. (Image source: Bangalore Mirror)

Woman's Galaxy S7 Edge explodes, Samsung denies any responsibility

An apparent "PR disaster has struck once again" for Samsung, after a report of a Galaxy S7 Edge handset exploding. While the owner claims that the device was unplugged from the mains at the time, Samsung denies any responsibility....
Alex Alderson, Wed, 22 Jan 2020 19:55:00 +0100
Recent Lenovo ThinkPad laptops have a problem with defective Thunderbolt Controllers

Recent Lenovo ThinkPad laptops have a problem with defective Thunderbolt Controllers

Since 2018, most ThinkPads bank on USB C as the sole charging connector. For users, USB C has many advantages over proprietary connectors. Right now though, Lenovo has some problems with the USB C connectors in the ThinkPads, as t...
Benjamin Herzig, Wed, 22 Jan 2020 13:32:00 +0100
Ubuntu 20.04 LTS "Focal Fossa" is killing off a long-standing pre-installed app. (Image via Canonical)

Ubuntu 20.04 LTS to drop pre-installed Amazon Web App

Ubuntu 20.04 LTS "Focal Fossa" will finally kill the pre-installed Amazon Web App. The move comes in the wake of Canonical's eliminations of the Ubuntu web launcher dependency. Many users hated the Amazon Web App, which was introd...
Sam Medley, Wed, 22 Jan 2020 05:12:00 +0100
Apple touts iPhone privacy as a key selling point on its website. (Source: Apple)

FBI pressure leaves iCloud, iPhone users vulnerable to unencrypted back door

Apple has found itself in another privacy related controversy, this time over a decision apparently made two years ago, but only coming to light now. According to Reuters, Apple abandoned plans to fully encrypt iPhone (and iPad) b...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Wed, 22 Jan 2020 03:20:00 +0100
Biometrics were more of a thing back in the Exynos 8895's day. (Source: Samsung)

A hugely dubious leak alleges the Pixel 4a will rock an old Exynos SoC

A new leak posted to the Geekbench 5 database purports to spill some of the upcoming Google Pixel 4a's specs. However, this "leak" is particularly unreliable, not the least as it makes the bold claim that the OEM will switch from ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 21 Jan 2020 19:03:00 +0100
Huawei Mate X is not as reliable as expected according to users

Post-release failure: The Huawei Mate X turns out to be just as bad as the Galaxy Fold

After selling more than 100,000 Mate X units, Huawei is already headed towards the release of its second iteration. Sadly, the display of this innovative piece of technology seems to be just as frail as that of its main competitor...
Codrut Nistor, Mon, 20 Jan 2020 15:22:00 +0100
A Mi Mix Alpha-inspired fan render of the Mi 10. (Image source: Unknown - via @Piunikaweb & @xiaomishka)

Nope, this is another fake Xiaomi Mi 10 leak

The latest "leak" doing the rounds about the Xiaomi Mi 10 certainly paints the picture of an exquisite-looking device, but is it real? Despite calls to the contrary, one respected leaker of Xiaomi hardware says no. We are digging ...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 17 Jan 2020 18:48:00 +0100
Image via CD Projekt Red

Cyberpunk 2077 delayed to September, multiplayer delayed until after 2021

After announcing that Cyberpunk 2077 would be delayed until September, CD Projekt Red later disclosed on an investment call that the multiplayer component of the game likely won't be ready until after 2021. While the wait is disap...
Sam Medley, Fri, 17 Jan 2020 16:07:00 +0100
The LG G9 ThinQ, or is it? (Image source: @OnLeaks)

LG repudiates G9 ThinQ renders

Few OEMs get involved in the work of leakers, but then LG is not just any Android OEM. The company that seems perennially behind the curve has also denounced the work on OnLeaks, specifically, his recent LG G9 ThinQ renders. This ...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 16 Jan 2020 19:04:00 +0100
There will be no 3.5mm headphone jack on the Samsung Galaxy S20 phones. (Source: XEETECHCARE)

Opinion | No 3.5mm headphone jack for the Samsung Galaxy S20 phones

Samsung removed the 3.5mm headphone jack on the Galaxy Note 10 phones last year and that decision has carried over to the company's upcoming flagships. Yes, the Samsung Galaxy S20 phones will not feature headphone jacks, but what ...
Ricci Rox, Wed, 15 Jan 2020 19:51:00 +0100
How about a more colourful version of the PS5 logo? (Image source: Twitter)

The internet has been having fun with the PlayStation 5 logo

CES 2020 marked the arrival of the PlayStation 5, in logo form at least. Unsurprisingly, it looks like the one that the company used for the PS4, and the internet has reacted in particularly humourus fashion.
Alex Alderson, Wed, 15 Jan 2020 19:27:00 +0100
The Mi A3 is one of Xiaomi's few Android One-branded smartphones. (Image source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi falls short of expectations with confirmation of Android 10 for the Mi A3

A crisis of its own making? Last year, Xiaomi had promised that the Mi A3 would be one of the first devices in the world to receive Android 10, but even its predecessor has been graced by Google's latest OS before it has. There ha...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 15 Jan 2020 14:18:00 +0100
The LG G6 started receiving Android 9.0 Pie in October. (Image source: Droidlife)

LG is yet to finish rolling out Android 9.0 Pie to the LG G6

It has been almost two years since LG opened a Software Upgrade Center to speed up the release of software upgrades. However, the South Korean company has still yet to finish bringing the LG G6 onto Android 9.0 Pie, with some peop...
Alex Alderson, Mon, 13 Jan 2020 18:23:00 +0100
The Mi 9 SE scored 88% overall in our review last year. (Image source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi Mi 9 SE owners awake to another ludicrous MIUI 11 update

While we have previously argued that Xiaomi's approach to MIUI 11 is disingenuous, its latest round of updates for the Mi 9 SE borders on the farcical. While the wait for Android 10 goes on for most Mi 9 SE owners, some have alrea...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 10 Jan 2020 22:14:00 +0100
Smart assistant activation can result in embarrassing situations. (Source: The Manifest)

Up to 64% of users have activated a smart assistant by accident

A new study of those who use voice-activated searches have found that 64% of this group set the assistant in question off by mistake during December 2019. An accidental press of a hardware button was found to be the culprit in 49%...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 08 Jan 2020 21:46:00 +0100
The OnePlus 6 and 6T, never settle for a dodgy notch. (Image source: OnePlus)

Oxygen OS 10.3.0 breaks notch-hiding feature for the OnePlus 6 and 6T, but there is a workaround

Oxygen OS 10.3.0 addressed multiple issues for the OnePlus 6 and 6T, but it also broke the notch hiding feature that had been present in Android 9.0 Pie builds. While OnePlus is yet to fix the problem, there is a workaround that m...
Alex Alderson, Tue, 07 Jan 2020 01:04:00 +0100
The PS5 will be launched in Holiday 2020. (Image source: Reddit)

New images of the PlayStation 5 devkit and DualShock 5 controller leaked

More images of the PlayStation 5 devkit and a possible DualShock 5 controller have been leaked. This time, a cleaner working for a developer involved with Sony’s next-generation console decided to upload the pictures while giving ...
Daniel R Deakin, Tue, 07 Jan 2020 00:31:00 +0100
Does the Mate X repeat the Galaxy Fold's mistakes? (Image source: CNET)

Weibo video indicates that Mate X might be another fragile foldable

A video on Weibo raises concerns about the durability of the Huawei Mate X. A plastic display coupled with an outward-folding design imply that the Mate X might be just as, if not more fragile than, the Galaxy Fold.
Arjun Krishna Lal, Thu, 26 Dec 2019 19:38:00 +0100
Official HP Spectre x360 13 specifications were off by 300 grams, now fixed

Update | Official HP Spectre x360 13 specifications were off by 300 grams, now fixed

No, the latest Ice Lake-powered Spectre x360 13 does not weigh just 930 grams despite what the HP Customer Support Knowledge Base is affirming. Our own measurements show that the convertible is actually 33 percent heavier to be cl...
Allen Ngo, Thu, 26 Dec 2019 07:50:00 +0100
Did you hate the CGI in Cats? Don't worry! Universal is updating the visuals of the film. (Image via Universal)

In unprecedented move, Universal is rolling out day-one patch for the movie Cats

At the request of the director, Universal will roll out an update to the movie Cats, which released this past Friday. The "patch" aims to clean up some of the CGI in the movie, which has largely been panned by critics. The film sc...
Sam Medley, Tue, 24 Dec 2019 07:12:00 +0100
Facebook continues to struggle with security vulnerabilities (Image source: Microsoft)

Data breach at Facebook left nearly 270 million usernames, phone records visible

Facebook’s security troubles continue. In a recent security incident, the personal information of nearly 270 million people was leaked to a public server. This comes in the context of ongoing security and privacy concerns pertaini...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Sat, 21 Dec 2019 09:30:00 +0100
It's time for Microsoft to drop the Surface Connect port

Opinion | It's time for Microsoft to drop the Surface Connect port

There is no need for a Surface Connect port now that Thunderbolt 3 is becoming ubiquitous amongst mid-range to high-end laptops and tablets. There is nothing that Microsoft can't do with the more universal Thunderbolt 3 port that ...
Allen Ngo, Fri, 20 Dec 2019 08:09:00 +0100
Concept render of the Sony PlayStation 5. (Image source: Concept Creator)

Sony repudiates alleged PlayStation 5 release date and price leak that states figures ranging from US$600 to over US$1,000

Some new price tags for two variants of the Sony PlayStation 5 have made their way online but have rapidly been denied by the manufacturer of the next-generation console. It was claimed that a PS5 with a 4 TB SSD would cost the eq...
Daniel R Deakin, Wed, 18 Dec 2019 19:49:00 +0100
Staying up late's a problem, even if night mode is on (Image source: Healthysurvival)

New study claims "night mode" might keep you up longer

According to a University of Manchester study, your smartphone’s night mode might not let you fall asleep as previously thought. The warmer light transmitted may actually keep you awake for longer than with night mode disabled.
Arjun Krishna Lal, Wed, 18 Dec 2019 11:41:00 +0100
Fake news, but were you surprised? (Image source: PewDiePie via The Mirror)

PewDiePie deletes Twitter account, responds to claims that he is QUITTING YouTube

PewDiePie's levels of popularity have reached insane levels. Even national broadcasters have reported on him "taking a break" from YouTube next year, likely profiteering on his popularity. In response, PewDiePie has deleted his Tw...
Alex Alderson, Mon, 16 Dec 2019 19:09:00 +0100
Image via Microsoft

Microsoft extends support for Windows 10 Mobile to January 14, 2020

Windows 10 Mobile has been granted a small bit of life support. While the mobile OS was slated to enter end-of-life on December 10, Microsoft will support the operating system until January 14, 2020. This is the same day Windows 7...
Sam Medley, Mon, 16 Dec 2019 16:02:00 +0100
The illegal streaming websites iStreamItAll and Jetflicks have been shut down by the FBI and DoJ. (Image: iStreamItAll splash page)

FBI shuts down 2 illegal streaming sites, one of which is bigger than Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu combined

Two computer programmers were arrested by the FBI this month on charges of procuring and distributing pirated content. The two programmers ran subscription-based websites that illegally streamed copyrighted content without the kno...
Sam Medley, Mon, 16 Dec 2019 15:05:00 +0100
Image via Ring

Several Ring home cameras breached, recycled passwords likely to blame

Multiple families have reported their Ring cameras have been accessed by unknown third parties. The bad actors were able to access the video feeds and speakers of the cameras to frighten members of the affected households, includi...
Sam Medley, Mon, 16 Dec 2019 05:35:00 +0100
Chrome 79 for Android has a critical bug. (Image: Chrome logo w/ edits)

Bug in Chrome 79 for Android found to delete data in some apps

Chrome 79 for Android has a critical bug that can delete the locally saved data in other apps. The bug affects apps that rely on Chrome's WebView for webpage rendering. Google has paused the rollout of Chrome 79 for the time being...
Sam Medley, Mon, 16 Dec 2019 05:09:00 +0100
The Galaxy Fold. (Source: Notebookcheck)

Looks like Samsung didn't sell a million Galaxy Fold units like reports claimed

Samsung Electronics' President Young Sohn, a few days ago, announced that the company had sold a million units of its US$2000 Galaxy Fold. Apparently, the Samsung executive was wrong. The company did not, in fact, sell a million u...
Ricci Rox, Sun, 15 Dec 2019 19:02:00 +0100
The Communication Limits feature in iOS 13.3 can easily be bypassed. (Image via Apple)

New bug in iOS 13.3 allows kids to circumvent Communication Limits parental controls

A bug in iOS 13.3 allows users to easily circumvent the Communication Limits feature. While Communication Limits is supposed to block users (specifically children) from communicating with or adding unknown or unapproved numbers, s...
Sam Medley, Sat, 14 Dec 2019 20:30:00 +0100
The iPhone has struggled in China this quarter. (Image via Apple w/ edits)

iPhone shipments in China fell 35% in November

The iPhone may be doing well in Western markets, but the handset saw a massive 35% year-over-year drop in shipments in China last month. This news from Credit Suisse analysts flies in the face of prior predictions from Apple and o...
Sam Medley, Thu, 12 Dec 2019 18:48:00 +0100
Are the Mac Pro's wheels worth $400? (Image via Apple)

Haven't spent enough on your Mac Pro? Add wheels for an extra $400

Apple's new Mac Pro is expensive, but most of the components seem worth the asking price (for the most part). But what about the wheels? At its asking price of $400, Apple is pushing the limits of supply and demand.
Sam Medley, Thu, 12 Dec 2019 17:02:00 +0100
The ThinkPad X1 Extreme. (Image source: Lenovo)

Lenovo resolves ThinkPad P1 and X1 Extreme's second screen low framerate bug, then pulls the update that fixes it

If you own a ThinkPad P1 or X1 Extreme and connect it to an external monitor on Windows 10, then the chances are that you have experienced sluggish performance with your device set to "Second screen only". Lenovo finally released ...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 12 Dec 2019 15:09:00 +0100
One of the founders of Nuvia Inc. is the target of a lawsuit filed by Apple. (Image via Nuvia)

Apple files suit against one of the founders of chip design startup Nuvia

Apple is suing Gerard Williams III, one of the founders of Nuvia, for breaching an intellectual property contract and soliciting Apple employees to leave Apple and work at Nuvia. Williams denies that he actively recruited Apple em...
Sam Medley, Tue, 10 Dec 2019 17:36:00 +0100
Fortnite may come to the Play Store, but only if Epic gets special treatment. (Image via Epic)

Epic seeks special treatment from Google on Play Store revenue, Google says no

Epic, the developer of the smash hit arena shooter Fortnite, has reignited an argument with Google over the revenue share practices of the Play Store. Epic is reportedly hoping to bring Fortnite to the Play Store but has requested...
Sam Medley, Tue, 10 Dec 2019 16:30:00 +0100
Intel claims that its midrange processors are faster than Ryzen (Image Source: Intel)

Intel claims that i3-9350K is faster than the entire Ryzen 5 lineup in fresh PR slipup

Intel's Asia Pacific marketing team claimed in China that the Intel Core i3-9350K is faster than the entire Ryzen 5 lineup. Is this a simple PR mixup or a sign of worse to come as Intel faces eroding market share, securities issue...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Sun, 08 Dec 2019 13:10:00 +0100
Even with location services turned off, your iPhone 11 still tracks where you are. (Image: own)

Apple openly admits to iPhone 11 location tracking, offers reason

Apple has finally admitted to secretly tracking the location data of iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max users. The company stated that the tracking was necessary for the Ultra Wideband (UWB) hardware in the 2019 iPhon...
Sam Medley, Fri, 06 Dec 2019 17:56:00 +0100
Does your MacBook Pro 13 2019 turn off seemingly at random. (Image source: Oliur & Unsplash)

MacBook Pro 13 2019: Apple confirms random shutdown issue, its response may leave people reeling

The smallest MacBook Pro released this year has an issue and one that could seemingly strike at any time. Apple has acknowledged that many MacBook Pro 13 machines released from July onwards this year are experiencing random shutdo...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 06 Dec 2019 00:12:00 +0100
Pablo Escobar Fold 1: The world's cheapest foldable? (Source: Escobar Inc)

Pablo Escobar's brother launches $349 Fold 1 smartphone

Pablo Escobar's brother just unveiled the Fold 1, a $349 foldable phone with flagship specs, available to pre-order right now. But the too-good-to-be-true price and uncanny similarities with the Royole FlexPai cast doubts. Is this...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Thu, 05 Dec 2019 19:51:00 +0100
That has to be the sketchiest-looking "under-display" selfie camera setup we've ever seen. (Source: Slashleaks)

Xiaomi calls out yet another mouth-watering Mi Mix 4 leak as fake

Yet another leak has surfaced, painting an extremely attractive picture of the supposed upcoming Mi Mix 4. Some major touted features include a variable 120 Hz display with a QHD+ resolution, a 108 MP main shooter, quad rear camer...
Ricci Rox, Tue, 03 Dec 2019 11:06:00 +0100
No Android 10 love for the Galaxy Note 8 or S8. (Image source: Android Authority)

Samsung snubs the Galaxy Fold, while dropping the Galaxy S8, S8+ and Note 8

The Galaxy S10 series may have already started receiving Android 10 in some regions, but Galaxy Fold owners are not so fortunate. One UI 2.0 roadmaps state that the device still has another four months to wait before it sees an OS...
Alex Alderson, Sun, 01 Dec 2019 15:20:00 +0100
The OnePlus 6 and 6T will soon be rocking Android 10. (Image source: goandroid.co.in)

OnePlus 6 and 6T receive a fresh Android 10 beta update ahead of imminent release

OnePlus' Android 10 rollout to the 6 and 6T has been beset by issues, but things could be on the up. Having pulled the update earlier this month, the company has now pushed out a new beta build to both handsets. OnePlus was hopefu...
Alex Alderson, Sat, 30 Nov 2019 00:50:00 +0100
Take care when opening any recent MacBook Pro, not just the new 16-inch model. (Image source: Notebookcheck)

We damaged our 16-inch MacBook Pro, so you don't have to

The 16-inch MacBook Pro may have pleased fans and reviewers alike with its scissor-switch keyboard, Apple's latest laptop remains just as difficult as ever to disassemble. Even a mundane task like cleaning the fans poses the risk ...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 29 Nov 2019 18:38:00 +0100

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