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The new 18 Pro smartphone. (Source: Meizu)

The Meizu 18 Pro is the world's latest Snapdragon 888-, 50MP- and UFS 3.1-enhanced phone

Meizu has got the jump on the premium Android smartphone launch season with its new 18 and 18 Pro flagships. The OEM has revealed that the series offers specs such as 120Hz curved displays, 50MP main cameras and internal storage w...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 03 Mar 2021 14:12:00 +0100
Rosetta 2 logo, macOS 11.3 could come without it in some countries (Source: MacRumors)

The end for Intel-compatible x86 apps on M1 Macs? macOS 11.3 could drop Rosetta in certain countries

Although Apple still has to confirm this, it looks like macOS 11.3 will come with a nasty surprise for some users. Depending on the region, this update might remove Rosetta, so the users of M1-powered machines in those countries w...
Codrut Nistor, Wed, 03 Mar 2021 12:43:00 +0100
Realme unveils its first-ever 108MP camera. (Source: Realme)

The Realme 8 Pro will debut with the 108MP ISOCELL HM2 sensor

Realme has announced that it will launch its first 108MP camera phone in 2021. Not only that, but the top-end sensor in question is Samsung's latest CMOS of this resolution: the ISOCELL HM2. It has features such as 3x lossless zoo...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 02 Mar 2021 22:16:00 +0100
The first ever DevCon will take place in 2021. (Source: Razer)

Razer announces its first DevCon, scheduled for live-streaming in May 2021

Razer DevCon is a new event set to debut in 2021 via Twitch. It is slated to present discussions on the up-to-date innovation and technology that might most benefit the future of gaming across multiple platforms. Therefore, it mig...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 02 Mar 2021 18:26:00 +0100
Inner Mongolia on a map. (Source: Wikipedia)

Crypto mining's upcoming ban in Inner Mongolia may help explain Bitcoin's recent resurgence

Inner Mongolia is an autonomous region of China with an economy best known for cheap power. It has thus reportedly become a magnet for cryptocurrency miners. Apparently, the region does not appreciate this attention, having just o...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 02 Mar 2021 15:26:00 +0100
The new WP12. (Source: Oukitel)

Oukitel launches the WP12 as the "world's first Android 11 rugged phone"

Oukitel has announced that its latest rugged phone is the first of its kind to ship with Android 11 out of the box. The device is also touted as "lightweight", which, given its MediaTek Helio A22 SoC and 4GB of RAM, might be meant...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 02 Mar 2021 14:14:00 +0100
A laser TV. (Source: Hisense)

Hisense asserts laser TVs are the future as it claims to triple their sales in 2020

Laser TVs are devices much more like ultra-short-throw projectors than conventional big screens. Therefore, they can deliver larger display sizes with less harmful blue light, which is what customers want these days - according to...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 01 Mar 2021 23:31:00 +0100
OxygenOS 11 is finally here for the OnePlus Nord

Stable Android 11-based OxygenOS 11 update now rolling out for the OnePlus Nord

OnePlus has finally released the stable OxygenOS 11 update for the OnePlus Nord. Some of its features include a new UI, gallery, Ambient Display features, and more. Only a few users will receive it initially starting today (March ...
Anil Satyanarayana, Mon, 01 Mar 2021 21:08:00 +0100
World of Tanks 1.12 now live (Source: World of Tanks Europe on YouTube)

World of Tanks 1.12 is here with rebalanced tier VIII premiums, interface tweaks, and more

Without bringing any major changes to the gameplay or interface, World of Tanks 1.12 is now live and comes with (only four, unfortunately) rebalanced tier VIII premium tanks, interface improvements inspired by popular mods, a snea...
Codrut Nistor, Mon, 01 Mar 2021 20:46:00 +0100
The latest

A "Mi 11 Pro with Dimensity 1000+" Geekbench leak is debunked by an eagle-eyed tipster

The discovery of a Xiaomi phone with a model number rumored to be that of the Mi 11 Pro on Geekbench might normally be welcome news. However, the report proved more alarming in this case, as it alleged the device had the MediaTek ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 01 Mar 2021 17:18:00 +0100
Meet Zepp Health, formerly Huami. (Source: Zepp)

Huami officially changes its name to Zepp Health

Huami is a wearables OEM that has built a market leadership worldwide, mainly through the popularity of its Amazfit devices. Now, the company has announced that it will be known as Zepp Health from now on. This wholesale re-brand ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 27 Feb 2021 22:46:00 +0100
The Vivo X60. (Source: Vivo)

Vivo X60: a new leak hints at an international launch for the Zeiss-enhanced phones with the Snapdragon 870 SoC

The Vivo X60 and X60 Pro are premium mid-range smartphones that are only available in China at present. However, a new leak may suggest the OEM is preparing to bring them to additional markets. Furthermore, they may be new variant...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 27 Feb 2021 17:40:00 +0100
The LG V60 is the company's first device outside of South Korea to receive Android 11. (Image source: PCWorld)

The LG V60 becomes the first device to receive LG UX 10 and Android 11 outside of South Korea

The LG V60 has started receiving its first wave of Android 11 updates. Currently, the update, packaged as LG UX 10.0, has reached devices in the US locked to T-Mobile and Verizon.
Alex Alderson, Fri, 26 Feb 2021 22:06:00 +0100
The Neo5's new launch trailer. (Source: Weibo)

iQOO Neo5: March 2021 launch confirmed; new leak points to a Snapdragon 870 SoC for the phone

The smartphone brand iQOO has finally acknowledged the successor to its Neo3 flagship, following a slew of leaks hinting at its high-end specs. It will now launch on March 16, 2021 in China. There is now more evidence the allegedl...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 26 Feb 2021 21:18:00 +0100
Samsung released the Galaxy Watch in 2018 and the Watch Active in 2019. (Image source: Samsung)

The Samsung Galaxy Watch and Galaxy Watch Active receive new features with their latest updates

Newer smartwatches may have superseded the Galaxy Watch and Galaxy Watch Active, but that does not mean that Samsung has forgotten about them. On the contrary, the two smartwatches have received features that were previously found...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 26 Feb 2021 19:51:00 +0100
The PS5's onboard SSD can be rapidly filled by popular PS5 titles like Call of Duty and Demon's Souls. (Image source: Sony - edited)

PS5 pay to play: Summer-scheduled firmware update should ramp up fan speeds and activate the SSD expansion slot for pricey additional drives

Sony is reportedly going to activate the PS5’s SSD expansion slot at some point this summer, allowing owners to store more games onto an additional drive. At the same time, the firmware update for the PlayStation 5 will also enabl...
Daniel R Deakin, Fri, 26 Feb 2021 16:09:00 +0100
EMUI 11 has now reached the Mate 20 and P30 series in some regions. (Image source: Huawei)

Huawei updates its EMUI 11 rollout in six regions with OS upgrades for the Mate 20 and P30 series

Huawei has begun pushing EMUI 11 to more devices globally, including the Mate 20 and P30 series. The Nova 7 and Nova 5T are now eligible for EMUI 11 in some regions too.
Alex Alderson, Fri, 26 Feb 2021 14:54:00 +0100
Realme has 108MP phones in the works. (Source: Realme)

Realme will unveil its first 108MP camera at its upcoming Innovation Event in March 2021

Realme has confirmed that it will make a leap to phones with 108MP sensors in 2021. The phone most likely to be the first with this top-end spec is currently rumored to be one of the upcoming 8 series. Therefore, it might be unvei...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 26 Feb 2021 14:20:00 +0100
The

Rumor | The Sony IMX 800 will be the world's largest mobile image sensor on its April 2021 launch

The leaker RODENT950 has made some heavy allusions to an image sensor which, despite being intended for mobile devices, is exactly 1 inch in size. This would make the alleged Sony IMX 800 unprecedentedly large for its category. It...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Thu, 25 Feb 2021 22:55:00 +0100
The Watch GT 2 Pro should be replaced with the Watch GT 3 series this year. (Image source: Huawei)

The Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro can now respond to SMS directly

The Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro already has many compelling features, including a SpO2 sensor and up to two weeks of battery life, to name but a few. However, the smartwatch can now reply to SMS, thanks to a new app.
Alex Alderson, Wed, 24 Feb 2021 00:04:00 +0100
The Mi Band 6 is said to have 30 sports modes. (Source: Geekdoing)

The Xiaomi Mi Band 6 might launch soon, possibly in India and Indonesia to start with

Recent leaks have supplied possible evidence of a successor to the popular, affordable Mi Band 5. Now, a new tip asserts that the wearable has been registered with Indonesian and Indian authorities, suggesting it may debut soon in...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 23 Feb 2021 19:27:00 +0100
The Xiaomi Mi A3 has received another security patch, albeit a week before Google publishes another one. (Image source: Xiaomi)

The Xiaomi Mi A3 receives its February 2021 security patch with fixes for 23 high or critical CVEs

The Xiaomi Mi A3 has received another software update, following the release of V12.0.4.0.RFQMIXM last month. V12.0.6.0.RFQMIXM brings the Mi A3 onto the February security patch, which addresses 23 high or critical CVEs.
Alex Alderson, Mon, 22 Feb 2021 23:16:00 +0100
A video for Samsung's Glasses is allegedly out there. (Source: Twitter)

More details on Samsung's AR glasses leak out

More evidence of Samsung's foray into the augmented reality (AR) market has emerged, in the form of a new video that might be marketing material for its first-gen Glasses. They are apparently pitched at use-cases such as gaming an...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 22 Feb 2021 23:01:00 +0100
Several Samsung Galaxy-branded smartphones will receive four years worth of software support

Samsung promises to deliver up to four years of security updates to over 130 devices

Samsung has announced that (almost) every Galaxy-branded smartphone will receive at least four years worth of software support. The list includes several devices from the Samsung Galaxy S, Galaxy A, Galaxy Tab, and Galaxy Fold ser...
Anil Satyanarayana, Mon, 22 Feb 2021 18:44:00 +0100
Huawei launches the FreeBuds 4i. (Source: Huawei)

Huawei launches the FreeBuds 4i: new TWS earbuds with ANC and 10mm drivers

Huawei has introduced its latest TWS earbuds alongside its new Mate X2 foldable. The accessories are definitely the more affordable of the two; nevertheless, they have high-end specs such as active noise cancellation (ANC), wearer...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 22 Feb 2021 16:50:00 +0100
Bluepoint could potentially leverage its experience to produce further remakes of PlayStation 3 classics (Image source: Bluepoint games)

Demon's Souls Remake creator Bluepoint could be acquired soon by Sony: New ninth-gen remakes for PlayStation 5 appear likely

Rumors from early last year on the ResetEra forum appear to have been lent further credence by a forum moderator stating that tipster MarsipanRumpan's claim of a Sony's upcoming Bluepoint acquisition is accurate and "only a matter...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Mon, 22 Feb 2021 14:05:00 +0100
The Mi Note 10. (Source: The Verge)

The Mi Note 10 and Mi Note 10 Pro are now receiving the Android 11 update in Europe

After sending out the Android 11 update to the Mi 10T Lite and Redmi 10X 5G last week, Xiaomi is now blessing owners of the Mi Note 10 and Mi Note 10 Pro with the latest version of the OS. The update is currently rolling out to th...
Ricci Rox, Mon, 22 Feb 2021 07:52:00 +0100
The iQOO Neo5's retail packaging leak. (Source: Weibo)

iQOO Neo5: more details on the Snapdragon 870 phone reportedly emerge prior to its launch

The iQOO Neo5 has been touted as something of a flagship killer, as it has been rumored to launch with 88W charging and a punch-hole display in addition to its Snapdragon 870 SoC. Then again, its newest leaks hint that those specs...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 21 Feb 2021 16:55:00 +0100
The Realme GT might launch like this. (Source: Weibo)

The Realme GT leaks again with a racing-stripe finish and the AnTuTu score to match

Realme has recently confirmed that its next flagship smartphone will be called the GT and will launch on March 3, 2021. Now, one of its executives has posted what is claimed as an AnTuTu benchmarking score for the device. It appar...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 20 Feb 2021 19:32:00 +0100
The new Rollme Hero. (Source: Rollme)

Rollme's latest smartwatch boasts 4G/LTE, a bezel-free display and a relatively massive 1,600mAh battery

Rollme has just launched the Hero, its latest smartwatch with a completely bezel-free display. This is joined by a nano-SIM card slot for 4G/LTE connectivity in this wearable, not to mention up to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal s...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 20 Feb 2021 17:19:00 +0100
The Redmi Note 8. (Source: Xiaomi)

Android 11 update starts rolling out for the Redmi Note 8

After sending out the Android 11 update to phones like the Mi Note 10 Lite, Mi 10 Lite, and Mi 10T series, Xiaomi is now seeding the stable beta update to the ever-relevant Redmi Note 8, albeit only in China at the moment. The upd...
Ricci Rox, Sat, 20 Feb 2021 16:44:00 +0100
The Buds Air 2 hype-train has set off. (Source: Realme)

Realme hypes the launch of the Buds Air 2 with specs such as ANC and "diamond-class" drivers

Realme has announced that its second-gen Buds Air will launch in India on February 24, 2021. It has also confirmed multiple leaks about these TWS earbuds in teasing their specs prior to this event. They include the (expected) ANC,...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 19 Feb 2021 21:30:00 +0100
FPS Boost will be available on only five games at launch. (Image source: Microsoft)

FPS Boost uses Direct3D tweaks to deliver up to 4x higher framerates for the Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X

Microsoft's FPS Boost for Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X consoles uses Direct3D-level adjustments to deliver improved framerates, according to a new report. Digital Foundry has also shown that FPS Boost can improve framerates by ...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 19 Feb 2021 19:50:00 +0100
Google is promising big things for Chrome OS and Chromebooks in 2021. (Image: Google)

Google's Hiroshi Lockheimer promises big things for Chrome OS, Chromebooks in 2021

Google SVP Hiroshi Lockheimer has tweeted his excitement at the Chrome OS and Chromebook pipeline for 2021. It comes in the context of an IDC report showing that Chrome OS device sales surpassed macOS device sales in 2020 for the ...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Fri, 19 Feb 2021 11:19:00 +0100
The Find X3 might look like this. (Source: Voice)

The OPPO Find X3 makes its way onto Geekbench with the Snapdragon 870 SoC and 8GB of RAM

OPPO is slated to launch its 2021 flagship Find X3 smartphone series, in accordance with a slew of leaks that have proceeded in the mystifying absence of a vanilla variant. However, it may have just emerged in a recent tip that su...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Thu, 18 Feb 2021 21:17:00 +0100
A recent ROG Phone 5 leak. (Source: YouTube)

It's official: the next Asus ROG Phone will be the 5

The Asus ROG Phone has arguably been the benchmark for Android gaming-focused powerhouses since the debut of its series in 2018. Therefore, it will see its fourth generation in 2021. Despite this, the OEM has confirmed rumors that...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Thu, 18 Feb 2021 20:32:00 +0100
The Samsung Galaxy S20 series will start receiving One UI 3.1 from today depending on region and carrier. (Image source: Samsung)

Samsung rolls outs One UI 3.1 update for Galaxy S20 series, Galaxy Note20 range, and Galaxy Z lineup but not all the features found on the Galaxy S21 phones will be present

Samsung has started the roll-out of the One UI 3.1 update for the Galaxy S20 phones, Galaxy Note20 devices, and the Galaxy Z range. While these Samsung Galaxy smartphones will receive many of the features Samsung One UI 3.1 has to...
Daniel R Deakin, Thu, 18 Feb 2021 15:16:00 +0100
The first Apple M1-native running malware has been discovered. (Image source: Apple/PCRisk - edited)

Apple M1-native malware targets users of the new MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac Mini with unwanted Pirrit adware

Apple M1-native malware has been discovered by an independent macOS security researcher. The GoSearch22 Safari browser extension, which is linked to the infamous Pirrit adware family, can run on any M1 silicon-based device, such a...
Daniel R Deakin, Thu, 18 Feb 2021 13:15:00 +0100
Fitbit: now on the Google Store. (Source: Google)

Fitbit devices appear on the Google Store for the first time

Google made its acquisition of the health-tracking household name Fitbit official in January 2021. As if to provide more evidence of this, the Mountain View's online shop now lists products from this brand alongside those of Nest,...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 17 Feb 2021 18:42:00 +0100
Epic Games files more legal action against Apple. (Source: Epic Games)

Epic Games brings its "Free Fortnite" battle to European shores with a new EC antitrust complaint

Epic Games has stepped its dispute with Apple over developer remuneration by filing an official antitrust complaint with the European Commission (EC). It alleges that competition in the app-distribution and payment markets has bee...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 17 Feb 2021 16:19:00 +0100
Android 12 may feature a new UI, but Google is also bringing many features from other OEMs into its OS. (Image source: XDA Developers)

Android 12: Scrolling screenshots, a Game Mode and a one-handed mode will be just some of the highlights of Google's next OS

It looks like Google has borrowed heavily from the likes of Huawei, Samsung, Xiaomi and even Sony with some of the features that it has integrated into Android 12. From scrolling screenshots to a Game Mode and a one-handed mode, A...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 17 Feb 2021 16:00:00 +0100
LineageOS no longer supports version 16.0 of its OS or Android 9.0. (Image source: Quazwersxce X)

LineageOS leaves two-dozen devices adrift by ending Android 9.0 Pie support

LineageOS is one of the most popular custom ROMs out there, bringing newer versions of Android to devices that OEMs have abandoned. Unfortunately, support does not last forever with LineageOS either, as the company has dropped sup...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 17 Feb 2021 15:46:00 +0100
Is this a Realme Buds Air 2 teaser? (Source: Twitter)

The Realme Buds Air 2 leak out with a good chance of having ANC with a Transparency Mode

Realme is rumored to launch its second-gen Buds Air in India soon, in partnership with the Chainsmokers EDM group. These upcoming TWS earbuds have allegedly popped up on an OEM's app early, inadvertently revealing that they have a...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 16 Feb 2021 22:04:00 +0100
The Find X3 might look like this. (Source: Voice)

The OPPO Find X3 will launch as a Snapdragon 870-powered phone: new leak

Earlier leaks have seemed to confirm the existence of OPPO's upcoming Find X3 Pro, but not that of its vanilla variant. Now, a new SlashLeaks post alleges that, not only does the X3 exist after all, but that it will have the new S...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 16 Feb 2021 18:21:00 +0100
Google is moving on with its Stadia project. (Source: Google)

Google announces plan to bring 100 or more new games to Stadia in 2021, Far Cry 6 included

Google has effectively given up on making first-party games for its streaming service Stadia. However, it has committed to bringing more titles from external studios to the platform in the course of 2021. They are slated to includ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 15 Feb 2021 23:56:00 +0100
Matte is allegedly back again in the

The iPhone 13 Pro is slated to boast an always-on feature for its 120Hz ProMotion display

The next Pro-grade iPhones are currently tipped to get LTPO displays. They are also rumored to finally upgrade to 120Hz refresh rates – and to always-on displays, according to the latest leak. The successors to the 12 series are a...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 15 Feb 2021 23:03:00 +0100
WhatsApp faces opposition to its plans in India. (Source: WhatsApp)

India’s Supreme Court admonishes WhatsApp over user privacy

The WhatsApp privacy policy change, in which the company will oblige users to agree to hand the data they have given it to Facebook, has caused controversy and virtual boycotts worldwide. However, the EU market is effectively immu...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 15 Feb 2021 21:57:00 +0100
Microsoft Visual Studio Code hits the Raspberry Pi

Microsoft Visual Studio Code hits the Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi users can now enjoy coding with Microsoft Visual Studio Code on their single-board computers. Microsoft's free open source developer text editor was released for Windows, macOS, and x64 Linux. The Redmond giant is als...
Codrut Nistor, Mon, 15 Feb 2021 19:41:00 +0100
The Tab P11 Pro. (Source: Lenovo)

The Lenovo Tab P11 Pro becomes available in India for ~US$620

Lenovo offers a balance between high-end materials and mid-range internals in the Tab P11 Pro. Nevertheless, the OEM asserts that the user can get their work or gaming done on this 11.5-inch Android tablet in the manner suggested ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 14 Feb 2021 22:31:00 +0100
Quick Share is coming to a new platform soon. (Source: Microsoft)

Samsung Quick Share will also be a Windows 10 app soon

Samsung and Microsoft's efforts to form a joint Android/Windows ecosystem to rival that of Apple's has reached a potentially critical stage. The OEMs are working to bring Quick Share (an AirDrop counterpart found on Galaxy-series ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 14 Feb 2021 18:51:00 +0100

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