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Note 20 screens may not be that big a step up from the Note 10+. (Source: Samsung)

No QHD+ at 120Hz for the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series: new leak

A Twitter tipster has claimed that the upcoming Galaxy Note 20 series will not be capable of a 120 hertz (Hz) refresh rate when their displays are set to a QHD+ resolution, according to someone currently in possession of these dev...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 08 Jul 2020 20:26:00 +0200
The planned arrival of Android 11 is on September 8. (Image source: Google)

Global Android 11 release date confirmed; headed to Pixel smartphones on September 8

Google has revealed the planned launch date for Android 11, its next-generation OS. Currently undergoing public beta tests, Android 11 will arrive "everywhere" on September 8. This is probably only true for Pixel smartphones thoug...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 08 Jul 2020 18:45:00 +0200
The eufyCam 2 Pro. (Source: Anker)

Anker's eufyCam 2 Pro is a new 2K, 100% wireless security camera system

The eufyCam 2 Pro improves on its previous generation in that its image sensor's resolution steps up to 2048x1080 (or 2K). It also incorporates night vision (color and IR), 2-way audio and a battery life of up to 12 months. This n...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 08 Jul 2020 18:16:00 +0200
The Lytte HarmoniQ TWS earbuds. (Source: HarmoniQLabs)

HarmoniQ Labs' upcoming TWS earbuds are 3D-printed for their comfort- and acoustics-focused features

HarmoniQLabs is a company that has an in-house 3D-printing process to make its new TWS earbuds. The OEM claims that the resulting unique shape created is better for prolonged wear and for passive noise cancellation. These new acce...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 08 Jul 2020 17:47:00 +0200
Xbox Series X owners may get free next-gen upgrade DLC (Image source: Microsoft/Reddit/edited)

Rumoured Xbox Series X guidelines ban publishers from selling next-gen upgrades as paid DLC

In what looks to be a pro-consumer move, purported Microsoft guidelines prevent publishers from selling “next-gen upgrades” as paid DLC. This means that Xbox Series X owners might not have to double-dip on cross-gen titles to get ...
Arjun Krishna Lal, Wed, 08 Jul 2020 17:15:00 +0200
The Redmi K30i 5G is the latest smartphone to receive MIUI 12. (Image source: Xiaomi)

Stable MIUI 12 updates lands on the Xiaomi Redmi K30i 5G

MIUI 12 has arrived on the Xiaomi Redmi K30i 5G. The device, which most people would struggle to tell apart from the regular Redmi K30 5G, is the latest smartphone to receive Xiaomi's new OS. The company has already pushed MIUI 12...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 08 Jul 2020 16:36:00 +0200
The MIUI 12 update will be available for Redmi 8A users in August

Redmi 8A likely to get stable MIUI 12 update in August

Redmi 8A users will be pleased to know that they don't have to wait long for the MIUI 12 update. A Mi Community Forum moderator has stated that the device will get the software in August. It shouldn't be long before Xiaomi makes a...
Anil Satyanarayana, Wed, 08 Jul 2020 16:35:00 +0200
The LG V50 ThinQ has received a hefty new update. (Image source: Android Authority)

LG adds the ability to hide the navigation bar among other changes in a sizeable new V50 ThinQ update

LG has brought a host of changes to the V50 ThinQ. The new update follows the introduction of a desktop mode to the dual-screen device earlier this year.
Alex Alderson, Wed, 08 Jul 2020 14:48:00 +0200
Single Take is now available to the Galaxy A71 and A51. (Source: Samsung)

The Samsung Galaxy A51 and A71's new updates add more S20-series features

Samsung has announced that the latest firmware updates for the Galaxy A51 and A71 port some features that had heretofore been exclusive to the OEM's flagships to these mid-rangers. They mainly consist of camera-app upgrades such a...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 07 Jul 2020 22:56:00 +0200
A collection of new Vizio soundbars. (Source: Vizio)

Vizio's latest line in soundbars includes the innovative, CES award-winning Elevate 5.1.4

Vizio has announced new additions to its collection of soundbars, which are available either now or later in 2020. They are headlined by the Elevate 5.1.4, which stood out in its category at CES 2020 due to its Adaptive Height Spe...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 07 Jul 2020 18:30:00 +0200
EMUI 11 will start rolling out in Q3 2020

Alleged list of devices eligible for the EMUI 11 update surfaces online

Huawei will reportedly start making the EMUI 11 update available to eligible devices in Q3 2020. Owners of the Huawei Mate 30, P30, P40, and Nova 5 series will receive it first. Alternatively, it is also expected to make its way t...
Anil Satyanarayana, Tue, 07 Jul 2020 16:46:00 +0200
The PlayStation 4 is set to get a new jailbreak. (Source: Sony)

PlayStation 4 firmware 7.02 kernel exploit surfaces; jailbreak back on the cards

Be glad, PlayStation 4 owners; a new jailbreak is on the way. Developer @theflow0 has now announced the existence of a kernel exploit on PS4 running firmware 7.02 or older. The kernel exploit currently has to be chained with a fir...
Ricci Rox, Tue, 07 Jul 2020 09:47:00 +0200
The Mi A2. (Source: Xiaomi)

Will the Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite receive Android 11? No, it seems

The Mi A2 and Mi A2 Lite are two-years-old now and have both received two major OS updates. While owners of the phones may reserve some hope over their prospects of getting Android 11, new information clarifies that such hopes are...
Ricci Rox, Mon, 06 Jul 2020 23:33:00 +0200
iQOO confirms the Z1x's SoC. (Source: Weibo)

New Master Lu benchmarking results may confirm 8GB of RAM for the iQOO Z1x

The iQOO Z1x is set to launch on July 9, 2020 and to rock the Snapdragon 765G processor on this date. However, the OEM has yet to confirm any more details on the new phone's internals. A new Master Lu listing for a device with an ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 06 Jul 2020 23:28:00 +0200
Covid-19 workplace restrictions might be about to ease for many workers. (Source: Flickr)

66% of professionals surveyed still don't know when going to the office will be a thing again: new study

A new study conducted in June 2020 by the company TeamBlind indicates that 33% of the workers who participated in it have been given a date on which they can resume office work. This figure varied when corrected for location or co...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 06 Jul 2020 22:39:00 +0200
MIUI 13 Update Download (Early Access) (Source: Google Play)

MIUI 13 Update Download (Early Access) available on Google Play, but not exactly what you'd expect

Advertised as "the only app to download MIUI 13 on your device" and apparently updated on June 23, the app created by Madhav Developers looks like a piece of code — possibly malignant — that should not have been allowed on Google ...
Codrut Nistor, Mon, 06 Jul 2020 20:13:00 +0200
EMUI 11 will arrive this August. (Image source: Huawei Central)

EMUI 11: Open-source Android 11-based OS arriving in August, beta testing to start with Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro

Huawei has confirmed that its next OS, EMUI 11, will be arriving in August. Based on open-source Android 11 without any Google apps or services, EMUI 11 will land on the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro this quarter before making its full ...
Alex Alderson, Mon, 06 Jul 2020 17:53:00 +0200
Xiaomi has already started issuing MIUI 12 to some devices. (Image source: Xiaomi)

MIUI 12 may gain a Google Pixel exclusive camera feature

Recent China Beta versions of MIUI 12 suggest that Xiaomi is developing its answer to Top Shot, Google's machine-learning photography tool. Called AI shutter, the feature appears to have similar functionality to Top Shot and may e...
Alex Alderson, Mon, 06 Jul 2020 17:45:00 +0200
The new Panasonic M-series headphones. (Source: Panasonic)

Panasonic releases its latest M-series wireless headphones

Panasonic has announced pricing and availability data for its new RB-M500B and RB-M700B wireless headphones. Both feature 40 millimeter (mm) neodymium drivers housed in ergonomically-designed ear-pads, although only the latter fea...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 06 Jul 2020 17:21:00 +0200
The Mi Mix 3 may not receive MIUI 12 until September. (Image source: Xiaomi)

Stable MIUI 12 update may not arrive on the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 until September

The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 may not receive MIUI 12 until September. The device, which Xiaomi released in October 2018, is on Round 2 of the company's MIUI 12 Release Schedule. However, it is not eligible for its fledging Mi Pilot progam.
Alex Alderson, Mon, 06 Jul 2020 14:39:00 +0200
Intel launches XBox Game Bar widget alongside latest Graphics Command Center update (Source: Intel)

Intel launches its first XBox Game Bar widget alongside latest Graphics Command Center update

The widget is lacking at the moment, but it's at least easy on the eyes with direct controls for brightness, colors, power plan, and live recording or streaming. A more fully-featured version of the widget is expected to come late...
Allen Ngo, Mon, 06 Jul 2020 09:26:00 +0200
Owners of the Redmi Note 8 Pro in India should soon be enjoying MIUI 12. (Image source: Xiaomi)

MIUI 12 India ROM for the Redmi Note 8 Pro will be "released shortly" according to Xiaomi

MIUI 12 firmware for owners of the Redmi Note 8 Pro in India has been restricted to official testers who were part of the Mi Pilot program so far. However, it appears that Xiaomi is expecting the testing period to be completed soo...
Daniel R Deakin, Mon, 06 Jul 2020 09:13:00 +0200
Google investigating new ways to reduce Chrome CPU hogging. (Image: Notebookcheck)

Upcoming Chrome browser feature promises to deliver big battery gains for laptops

A new feature update coming to Chrome 86 looks set to make serious reductions in its resource usage. The experimental feature could extend battery life considerably on laptops by shutting down certain background tasks in open tabs...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Mon, 06 Jul 2020 07:10:00 +0200
The new LG XBOOM Go speakers. (Source: LG)

LG announces new additions to its XBOOM Go series of portable speakers

LG has updated the portable variants of its XBOOM speaker line-up. These new PL7, PL5 and PL2 models feature an equally renewed design that incorporates Meridian technology for their audio clarity. They can also be controlled via ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 05 Jul 2020 22:45:00 +0200
MIUI 12 may have an even more staggered rollout than anticipated. (Image Source: Beebom)

Alleged MIUI 12 Phase 2, Phase 3, and Phase 4 roadmap raises further questions on update timelines; here's a list of all purported Xiaomi and Redmi devices under each phase

An alleged roadmap was posted on the Mi Community forums detailing Phase 2, Phase 3, and Phase 4 rollout of the MIUI 12 stable ROM in China. While this does list all the Xiaomi and Redmi devices likely to be covered in each phase,...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Sun, 05 Jul 2020 20:09:00 +0200
The new Panasonic RZ-S300W TWS earbuds. (Source: Panasonic)

Panasonic launches its latest TWS earbuds, complete with noise-cancelling variants

The Panasonic RZ-S300W are new TWS earbuds with a non-AirPod-clone form-factor and a unique finish. A further variant of the same (the RZ-S500W) have "Dual Hybrid Noise Cancelling Technology" with an ambient mode for "best-in-clas...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 05 Jul 2020 17:53:00 +0200
The Redmi Note 8. (Source: Xiaomi)

Android 10 update for the Redmi Note 8 gets a tentative ETA

Nine months after release, the Redmi Note 8 is yet to receive a major OS update, even though the Redmi Note 8 Pro got its Android 10 update months ago. That is set to change, however, with new information giving Redmi Note 8 owner...
Ricci Rox, Sun, 05 Jul 2020 17:00:00 +0200
The latest Chrome Dev for Android 10 is 64-bit.

Chrome for Android upgrades to 64-bit in its latest few versions

Android has been a 64-bit OS for some time now. However, this transition has not resulted in a wholesale switch to the same in all apps. Nevertheless, Chrome has finally shown signs of migrating to this platform, starting with its...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 04 Jul 2020 21:12:00 +0200
Some lucky owners of the Xiaomi Mi 9T in India will be testing out MIUI 12 ahead of the general public rollout. (Image source: Xiaomi)

MIUI 12 beta stable update made available to random Xiaomi Mi 9T/Redmi K20 devices in India ahead of planned public rollout

Xiaomi has officially announced that the MIUI 12 beta stable update (V12.0.2.0.QFJINXM) has started to roll out to some Xiaomi Mi 9T/Redmi K20 devices in India. The firmware has now been pushed OTA and users chosen by random shoul...
Daniel R Deakin, Sat, 04 Jul 2020 12:11:00 +0200
The Huawei P30 Pro. (Source: Notebookcheck)

Huawei expands the EMUI 10.1 rollout for the P30 Pro, P30, and Huawei Mate 20 X 5G

Huawei is now expanding its EMUI 10.1 rollout. The company is currently sending out the EMUI 10.1 update to owners of the Mate 20 X 5G in Europe, as well as owners of the P30 and P30 Pro in South Africa, North Africa, South-East A...
Ricci Rox, Sat, 04 Jul 2020 11:20:00 +0200
Owners of the Redmi Note 9 in Europe will have to wait longer for MIUI 12. (Image source: Xiaomi)

MIUI 12 update for Redmi Note 9 users in Europe apparently on hold as new MIUI 11 stable update rolls out

It seems likely that the MIUI 12 update for Redmi Note 9 smartphone users in Europe has been temporarily halted. A new MIUI 11 stable update has started rolling out for the Redmi Note 9 instead, which will bring the device up to d...
Daniel R Deakin, Sat, 04 Jul 2020 04:51:00 +0200
Image via ShutterStock (w/ edits)

What's old is new again: new iOS 14 features that were first seen on Android

Every year, Android and iOS get new features, and every year, the differences between the platforms diminish. The recent announcement of iOS 14 showcased a bevy of new features, and some of them will look quite familiar to Android...
Column by Sam Medley, Fri, 03 Jul 2020 21:34:00 +0200
The Redmi Note 7 Pro. (Source: Xiaomi)

MIUI 12 beta update lands for the Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 7 Pro in China

After sending out a global beta MIUI 12 update to the Redmi Note 8 Pro, Xiaomi has now also released a MIUI 12 update to the Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 7 Pro in China. The update bears the build designation "MIUI 12.20.7.3", and ...
Ricci Rox, Fri, 03 Jul 2020 21:04:00 +0200
Many S20-series phones are in line for this OTA. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung updates select newer phones with the July 2020 security patch

Some phones from 2019 and 2020 that bear the Samsung Galaxy name now have OTA updates that contain the latest Android security patch. They include the S20 series, as well as the Note 10s. Some higher-end Ax0 devices are also inclu...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 03 Jul 2020 18:04:00 +0200
4 of tech's biggest companys will send their CEOs to Congress. (Source: Wikimedia)

The CEOs of all 4 big tech companies are slated to attend a US Congress hearing in July 2020

The current chief executive officers (CEOs) of Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon are reportedly required to appear before the United States' Congress later in July 2020. These events are apparently tied to proceedings related to ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 03 Jul 2020 16:03:00 +0200
A new PS4 jailbreak looks unlikely. (Source: Digital Trends)

A new PlayStation 4 jailbreak looks increasingly unlikely

The hopeful PlayStation 4 homebrew scene has waited a long while for a new kernel exploit, after the release of the firmware 5.05 jailbreak back in 2018. That wait is unlikely to end anytime soon, in light of recent developments.
Column by Ricci Rox, Fri, 03 Jul 2020 00:06:00 +0200
The Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro and Mi 9T Pro are some of the first devices to receive MIUI 12. (Image source: Xiaomi)

Stable MIUI 12 update hits the Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro and Mi 9T Pro in India; MIUI 12 lands on the Redmi Note 9 and Redmi 10X 4G too

The stable MIUI 12 update has arrived for the Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro and Mi 9T Pro in India. The update, which is arriving as an OTA download, is live now. A corresponding OS upgrade has reached the Redmi Note 9 and Redmi 10X 4G too...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 02 Jul 2020 14:30:00 +0200
Honor unleashes the X10 Max. (Source: Honor)

Return of the big screen: Honor launches the 7.09-inch X10 Max

Honor has launched a pair of new Dimensity 800-powered phones today (July 2, 2020). Despite this, the 2 phones are quite different, particularly in terms of their displays. The 30 Youth Edition has a 6.5-inch 90 hertz (Hz) panel, ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Thu, 02 Jul 2020 13:08:00 +0200
Redmi Note 8 Pro owners should be wary of unofficially installing MIUI 12. (Image source: Xiaomi)

MIUI 12 global stable beta update warning issued by Xiaomi for Redmi Note 8 Pro users: Don't install the firmware if you're not part of the Mi Pilot program

Xiaomi has issued an important warning about the Redmi Note 8 Pro in regard to the current MIUI 12 global stable beta update rollout. The Chinese OEM is concerned that Redmi Note 8 Pro owners who are not part of the Mi Pilot progr...
Daniel R Deakin, Thu, 02 Jul 2020 09:24:00 +0200
The Redmi Note 8. (Source: Xiaomi)

MIUI 12 update for the Redmi Note 8T potentially months away; may be same for the Redmi Note 8

Previous information indicated that the Redmi Note 8 would get the Android 10 update with MIUI 12 shortly. That may be in doubt now, however, as word from the Mi Forums claims the MIUI 12 update for the Redmi Note 8T—essentially a...
Ricci Rox, Thu, 02 Jul 2020 08:36:00 +0200
The Samsung Galaxy A31. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung India issues a price cut for the Galaxy A31

Samsung launched the quad-camera Galaxy A31 less than a month ago (in June 2020). Nevertheless, the phone is getting a discount already. It is now INR 1000 less than its original price, which brings it down to the equivalent of US...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Thu, 02 Jul 2020 00:11:00 +0200
The Nintendo 3DS. (Source: Nintendo)

Nintendo 3DS bugs are no longer eligible for the HackerOne program

Nintendo had been promoting the security of its 3DS and Switch devices by soliciting bug reports through HackerOne's bounty initiative. Here, users are incentivized to find such discrepancies with financial rewards. However, the h...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 01 Jul 2020 23:01:00 +0200
Xiaomi has announced that MIUI 12 is coming to a broader audience for devices on Round 1 of its release schedule. (Image source: Xiaomi)

MIUI 12 full release for the Mi 9, Mi 9T, Mi 9T Pro, Redmi K20 and Redmi K20 Pro is "now starting to kick in", Xiaomi confirms

The release of MIUI 12 for the Mi 9T Pro, Mi 9T, Mi 9, Redmi K20 and Redmi K20 Pro is "now starting to kick in", according to Xiaomi. The statement, tweeted to its hundreds of thousands of followers on Twitter, appears to signal t...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 01 Jul 2020 20:38:00 +0200
The global version of the Mi 9 is the latest variant to receive MIUI 12. (Image source: Xiaomi)

Stable MIUI 12 update arrives for the global edition of the Xiaomi Mi 9

The stable MIUI 12 update has landed for the global version of the Xiaomi Mi 9. The update follows equivalent OS upgrades for the Chinese and EU editions of the device.
Alex Alderson, Wed, 01 Jul 2020 14:30:00 +0200
Xiaomi Mi A1 gets Android 10 thanks to LineageOS 17.1, but as a nightly build

Android 10-based LineageOS 17.1 is finally available for the Xiaomi Mi A1 and other handsets

After a long wait, the Android 10-based LineageOS 17.1 ROM is available for the Xiaomi Mi A1. The firmware is still a nightly status, unfortunately. Other handsets that got Android 10 support thanks to LineageOS 17.1 in the last f...
Codrut Nistor, Wed, 01 Jul 2020 12:39:00 +0200
The Redmi Note 8 Pro gets its first taste of MIUI 12. (Source: AndroidPit)

MIUI 12 Global Beta update lands for the Redmi Note 8 Pro

After sending out stable MIUI 12 updates to its premium phones, Xiaomi has now set its sights towards the mid-range. MIUI 12 is now in the second round of seeding, beginning with the Redmi Note 8 Pro—which has now received a limit...
Ricci Rox, Wed, 01 Jul 2020 09:57:00 +0200
The new Snapdragon Wear 4100+. (Source: Qualcomm)

Qualcomm launches the Snapdragon Wear 4100 platform, complete with a series-first Plus variant

The Snapdragon Wear 3100 was Qualcomm's latest dedicated SoC for smartwatches - until today. It has been supplanted by the new 4100 - as well as the 4100+. Both feature a new processor, paired with an ultra-low-power co-processor....
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 30 Jun 2020 23:49:00 +0200
PS5 backwards compatibility will extend to at least PlayStation 4 games. (Image source: PS5)

PS5 backwards compatibility focus is all on PS4 games as Sony has no answer about PS1, PS2, and PS3 games

A Sony spokesperson has made a somewhat cryptic comment about PS5 backwards compatibility that already has fans interpreting it from positive and negative viewpoints. Sony is focused on PS4 games, while there is no answer in regar...
Daniel R Deakin, Tue, 30 Jun 2020 21:16:00 +0200
The Redmi Note 7, Redmi Note 8 Pro and Poco F1 will soon be eligible to receive for MIUI 12 Global Stable beta updates. (Image source: Xiaomi)

MIUI 12 Global Stable beta pilot testers published; Redmi Note 7, Redmi Note 8 Pro and Poco F1 eligible for Round 2 updates with Redmi Note 7 Pro and Redmi Note 7S dropped

Xiaomi has published the pilot testers that have been selected to receive MIUI 12 Global Stable beta updates for Round 2 of the company's release schedule. The Redmi Note 7, Redmi Note 8 Pro and Poco F1 are eligible for the stable...
Alex Alderson, Tue, 30 Jun 2020 20:17:00 +0200
Xiaomi has extended the Android 10 rollout for the Redmi 7A. (Image source: DimaViper)

Stable Android 10 update lands on the Indian version of the Xiaomi Redmi 7A; MIUI 12 not ready for primetime on the entry-level device though

Xiaomi has delivered another update for the Redmi 7A, this time upgrading Indian handsets to Android 10. However, while the entry-level handset should soon be upgraded to MIUI 12, this latest update does not deliver on that.
Alex Alderson, Tue, 30 Jun 2020 20:00:00 +0200

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