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The Patchwall 3.0 update is now rolling out to a host of Mi TV models

Several Xiaomi Mi TV models in India get Patchwall 3.0 update with Disney+ Hotstar integration, new UI and more

Mi TV owners in India will be pleased to know that Xiaomi has released the Patchwall 3.0 update for their TVs. The update brings forth a host of changes such as Hotstar Disney+ integration, the ability to scroll horizontally, and ...
Anil Satyanarayana, Mon, 06 Apr 2020 20:06:00 +0200
The Honor 20 Pro is to get a new generation soon. (Source: Honor)

A possible Honor 30 Pro surfaces on Geekbench, Kirin 990 and all

A device styled as a heretofore-unknown Huawei phone has appeared on Geekbench 4. Based on its 8GB of RAM, Android 10 OS and probable Kirin 990 SoC, it is likely to be of the upcoming Honor 30 series - perhaps the anticipated Pro ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 06 Apr 2020 19:03:00 +0200
The original Galaxy A51. (Source: Samsung)

The Samsung Galaxy A51 5G gains more evidence of its existence

Recently, a benchmarking leak pointed to a 5G variant of a popular early-2020 phone, the Samsung Galaxy A51. Now, the phone in question has been certified as a Wi-Fi device. This appears to verify the initial rumor and to suggest ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 06 Apr 2020 18:22:00 +0200
AMD has decided to EOL the StoreMI feature but will soon come up with a replacement. (Image Source: AMD)

AMD discontinues StoreMI, replacement version with new features being planned for Q2 2020

AMD has EOL'd the StoreMI feature that was offered as a part of X470 and above chipsets. StoreMI allowed for combining up to 256 GB of SSD storage and RAM with traditional hard drives to speed up data access. AMD originally licens...
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, Mon, 06 Apr 2020 14:11:00 +0200
The paid music-streaming market breakdown for 2019. (Source: Counterpoint Research)

Subscription-based music-streaming increased by 32% in 2019

According to a new Counterpoint Research report, music-streaming service subscriptions have increased in 2019 compared to 2018. Spotify has retained the top spot in this market year-on-year (YoY), also other popular platforms such...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 05 Apr 2020 21:33:00 +0200
The average weekly gaming-app download counts shot up in 1Q2020. (Source: AppAnnie)

A new report details the time (and money) spent on apps in 2020 so far

A research group has released its report on app use and purchasing for the first quarter of 2020 (1Q2020). It has concluded that the average amount of time spent on them per week increased by 20% year-on-year (YoY). In addition, a...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 05 Apr 2020 20:30:00 +0200
The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus. (Source: AndroidPit)

Hands on with One UI 2.1 on the Samsung Galaxy S10 series

Samsung launched the Galaxy S20 series with an improved version of its UI—One UI 2.1. The Galaxy S10 series is now also receiving the One UI 2.1 update with all the software features that debuted on the Galaxy S20 phones.
Ricci Rox, Sun, 05 Apr 2020 11:55:00 +0200
The new Mi Full Screen TV Pro. (Source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi launches a new, 75-inch 4K TV

Xiaomi has launched a new addition to a premium line of its TVs. This Mi Full Screen Pro is a 75-inch model with an aluminium mid-frame and a custom 1.9GHz processor from Amlogic. The Patchwall UI device has a 4K resolution, and ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 04 Apr 2020 23:39:00 +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
Future iPhones may function better around water. (Source: Pxhere)

The iPhone of the future may work underwater and have advanced auto-rotation

Apple has filed patents that would allow a device's screen to respond to the user while immersed in water and that allow for rotation that adapts to a human face's orientation. These documents' images suggest that they are intende...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 03 Apr 2020 23:10:00 +0200
Project Tempo is Amazon's upcoming game streaming service

Amazon reportedly working on a game streaming service called Project Tempo to take on likes of Stadia, GeForce Now and Project xCloud

Project Tempo is Amazon's upcoming game streaming service. It was expected to make its debut later this year, but got delayed due to the ongoing crisis. We can expect to know more about Project Tempo and the games that will be ava...
Anil Satyanarayana, Fri, 03 Apr 2020 22:42:00 +0200
The new Redmi Band. (Source: MyDrivers)

The Redmi Band: a fitness tracker pitched even cheaper than the Mi Band in China

Redmi has launched its first wearable: a smart band quite like that of Realme's initial foray into this market. It will be only 99 yuan (~$US14) when it goes on sale in China - or even cheaper during a crowd-funding event to be he...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 03 Apr 2020 22:11:00 +0200
Microsoft releases optional patches for Internet connection problems on Windows 10. (Image source: Pixabay)

Microsoft releases optional patches for Internet connection problems on Windows 10

The big February update brought some internet connection problems for some users, especially when using a VPN. An unfavourable mistake in the age of the home office, in our opinion. Microsoft confirmed the bug and promised a quick...
Alex Alderson, Fri, 03 Apr 2020 21:22:00 +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
The Huawei Atlas 900. (Source: Huawei)

The Huawei Atlas 900 is a 2020 Red Dot Design Award-winning AI cluster

Huawei's Atlas series is this OEM's take on the AI cluster, which delivers extremely high-volume processing for this area of computing. One of its latest variants, the 900, has just won a Red Dot Design Award for 2020. This group ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 03 Apr 2020 18:43:00 +0200
The smartwatch market may continue to grow until 2024. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

The smartwatch market could break 100 million units shipped by 2024: new market research

The market for smartwatches is associated with an estimated 43.87 million unit shipments in 2018. However, this number is now thought to reach a possible total of 108.91 million by 2024. This growth may be driven by an increased d...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 03 Apr 2020 18:05:00 +0200
Android 10 update for Galaxy Tab S6 is now available

Galaxy Tab S6 gets stable Android 10 update in Germany

Android 10-based One UI 2.0 update is now making its way to Galaxy Tab S6 owners. It brings forth all the standard One UI 2.0 and Android 10 features, and is bundled with the March 2020 Android security patch. Currently, it is onl...
Anil Satyanarayana, Fri, 03 Apr 2020 11:15:00 +0200
VPN use was found to increase in March 2020. (Source: Flickr)

Global VPN use spiked during March 2020, study finds

Virtual private networks (VPNs) are popular tools among those who want to safeguard their internet usage and the data involved. The sudden and widespread need to work from home has given them a new dimension of necessity, however....
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 02 Apr 2020 22:14:00 +0200
The new Sony WH-CH710N wireless headphones. (Source: Sony)

Sony releases new noise-cancelling wireless headphones

Sony has unveiled the WH-CH710N completely wireless headphones. They are equipped with Automatic Artificial Intelligence Noise Canceling (AINC), which excludes ambient sounds in a way that adapts to the wearer's environment. They ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 02 Apr 2020 20:33:00 +0200
The Mi Band 4. (Source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi updates the Mi Band 3 and 4 with a laptop-unlocking function

The Mi Bands 3 and 4 have a new firmware update that fixes several UI-related bugs. It also introduces a first-party notebook-unlocking facility to these fitness trackers. They also now support Apple ID logins for the first time.
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 02 Apr 2020 19:50:00 +0200
The ROG Keystone 2. Image via Asus

Asus announces new ROG Keystone 2

Asus announced the new ROG Keystone 2 today. The device, which is a proprietary NFC key, allows users to easily transfer system and game profiles between supported ROG machines. The Keystone 2 also includes a hidden encrypted stor...
Sam Medley, Thu, 02 Apr 2020 09:01:00 +0200
ROG Boost, courtesy of Asus

Asus' ROG Boost grants performance bump with the push of a button

Asus' ROG Boost feature pushes more power to a compatible machine's GPU, bumping performance by a small but noticeable amount. In addition to covering this feature, Asus also shared demographic statistics showing how gaming is for...
Sam Medley, Thu, 02 Apr 2020 09:01:00 +0200
The new Sony WF-XB700s. (Source: Sony)

Sony announces new TWS earphones with EXTRA BASS

Sony has released the WF-XB700 earphones: TWS devices designed to incorporate this OEM's EXTRA BASS technology. They also have an IP4 rating against sweat and water-splashes and ergonomics that may help them stay in the user's ear...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 01 Apr 2020 22:20:00 +0200
IS OPPO preparing the Reno3 Pro 5G for launch again? (Source: OPPO)

OPPO's Reno3 Pro 5G is cleared for launch in the US

OPPO has released 4G variants of its Reno3 series outside of its native China. Now, it seems it is letting the original, 5G versions of these phones out into the wider world too. It has been certified by the Federal Communications...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 01 Apr 2020 21:28:00 +0200
The new Fitbit Charge 4. (Source: Fitbit)

Fitbit launches the Charge 4 and 4 Special Edition

Fitbit has unleashed its latest Charge 4 and 4 SE band-style wearables. These devices look much like their predecessors, but now pack advanced features such as on-board GPS. The OEM also claims that they are rated for up to 7 days...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 01 Apr 2020 20:48:00 +0200
Space Thunder now live official teaser (Source: War Thunder)

April Fools' Day 2020: War Thunder goes to space

This year's April 1st special takes Gaijin's game to space, but also come with a special event that can end up with a very rare piece of military hardware, namely the Object 279 heavy tank. Back in 2016 and 2017, these special eve...
Codrut Nistor, Wed, 01 Apr 2020 20:07:00 +0200
Multi-device support will come to a future version of WhatsApp

Future version of WhatsApp could let you run the application on multiple devices

Users will soon be able to use a single WhatsApp account across multiple devices. The feature was first spotted in the beta version of WhatsApp, and is expected to make its way to a stable release in the near future. The chances o...
Anil Satyanarayana, Wed, 01 Apr 2020 17:59:00 +0200
Huawei has released its earnings report for 2019. (Source: Huawei)

Huawei reports that it made US$123 billion in 2019

Huawei has released its financial performance report for 2019, which outlines its takings worldwide from all its business, consumer electronics included. They show that overall revenues have increased year-on-year (YoY). However, ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 01 Apr 2020 16:56:00 +0200
Android 10 is now available for Nokia 7.2 users

Android 10 update for Nokia 7.2 now rolling out globally

HMD Global just announced that the Nokia 7.2 will receive the Android 10 update starting today. You may have to wait a few days to get it, though, as it is a staged rollout. Head over to your devices' Settings app to try and trigg...
Anil Satyanarayana, Wed, 01 Apr 2020 16:35:00 +0200
EMUI 10.1 has already started rolling out to Chinese devices in beta form. (Image source: Huawei)

Updates for all: EMUI 10.1 roadmap published with over 30 eligible devices

Launched alongside the P40 series, Huawei has announced plans to upgrade over 30 devices to EMUI 10.1. While still based on Android 10, EMUI 10.1 refines upon EMUI 10 in many areas, including smoother animations, along with multi-...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 01 Apr 2020 16:25:00 +0200
The Redmi Note 8 Pro. (Source: AndroidPit)

Stable global Android 10 update for the Redmi Note 8 Pro removed Netflix HDR support

Xiaomi is still sending out the stable global Android 10 update to the Redmi Note 8 Pro but the update appears to have removed Netflix HDR support. Complaints have also been made over the lack of HD streaming support on Amazon Pri...
Ricci Rox, Wed, 01 Apr 2020 08:55:00 +0200
A Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite render. (Source: Android Headlines)

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite: Amazon.de reportedly lists its specs and release date

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 is thought to gain a Lite version soon. This appears to have been confirmed by reports that this device had appeared on Amazon Germany ahead of its launch on this platform. This possibly accidental listin...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 31 Mar 2020 23:18:00 +0200
The new Samsung AKG N400 TWS earbuds. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung releases new AKG-tuned TWS earbuds with the ANC the Galaxy Buds+ lack

Samsung has launched the AKG N400, a new pair of true-wireless stereo (TWS) earbuds. These accessories, unlike the Galaxy Buds+, have active noise cancellation (ANC). They also hold an IP rating and different color options over th...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 31 Mar 2020 19:05:00 +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
The Honor Play 9a. (Source: Honor)

Honor launches a new addition to its Play series alongside the 30S

Honor formally unveiled the 30S 5G online in China today. It was less expectedly joined by the Play 9a, a decidedly budget alternative. Quite unlike the new Kirin 820 device, it is a dual-rear-camera phone with 4GB of RAM.
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 30 Mar 2020 23:50:00 +0200
The CTL VX11 Chromebook. (Source: CTL)

CTL launches its new VX11 Chromebook

CTL has unveiled the latest addition to its series of affordable Chrome OS devices. The VX11 is powered by the Intel Celeron N4020 chipset, thus boosting the Wi-Fi speeds and performance of this 11.6-inch convertible. It also has ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 30 Mar 2020 23:00:00 +0200
An infograph on the US phone-call attitudes study. (Source: HighSpeedInternet.com)

Phone...calls?...what are those?: Most US millennials are found to be more comfortable with texting

A study conducted by a broadband internet research group has found that millennials are more likely to develop anxiety at the thought of a voice-call compared to boomers. 50% of the former group also reported getting their parents...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 30 Mar 2020 21:45:00 +0200
The new Jabra Evolve2 series. (Source: Jabra)

Jabra launches the Evolve2 enterprise-grade headsets

Jabra has announced new editions to its collaboration- and co-working-focused Evolve series of headsets. They are compatible with the Unified Communications (UC) platforms typically used in offices, and may block a greater degree ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 30 Mar 2020 21:07:00 +0200
Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) gets Android 10 with One UI 2.0 as of late March 2020

Quad-rear camera Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) gets Android 10

Samsung's first phone to sport four rear cameras has just received its second major update. The Android 10/One UI 2.0 update arrives one year after the Galaxy A9 (2018) got the Android 9.0 Pie update. The changelog is not official...
Codrut Nistor, Mon, 30 Mar 2020 13:09:00 +0200
Several Sony businesses are to be restructed. (Source: Sony)

Sony will consolidate 3 areas of its business into a new corporation

Sony has announced a plan to take its existing Electronics Products & Solutions (EP&S) divisions, which includes its Mobile Communications business, and combine them into 1 intermediate holding entity. This new corporation is inte...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 29 Mar 2020 23:32:00 +0200
The full gamut of leaked new OnePlus color options. (Source: WinFuture)

OnePlus 8 Pro: full camera specs & new features leak out, along with more color options

The Pro variant of the upcoming OnePlus 8 series may already have been revealed to be a quad-camera flagship in prior leaks. Now, some eminent tipsters have teamed up to unleash the nature of all 4 sensors. The main shooter here i...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 29 Mar 2020 18:18:00 +0200
World War Z was released in April 2019 for Windows, PS4, and Xbox One. (Image source: Epic Games Store)

World War Z free until April 2 on the Epic Games Store; refunds being issued for those who bought the game after February 13

World War Z is currently available to be had for free at the Epic Games Store for a limited time only. Other games that are free at the moment include Drawful 2, Figment, and Tormentor x Punisher. If you paid full price for World ...
Daniel R Deakin, Sun, 29 Mar 2020 13:38:00 +0200
Logic Pro X gets a free three-month trial. (Source: Apple)

Apple Logic Pro X and Final Cut Pro X go free to use for 90 days

Apple is giving creative pros and others the opportunity to use the full versions of Final Cut Pro X and Logic Pro X to users for 90 days. Final Cut Pro X had previously been available for a 1-month trial period while this is the ...
Sanjiv Sathiah, Sun, 29 Mar 2020 10:47:00 +0200
Xiaomi started rolling out Android 10 to the Redmi Note 8 Pro in January. (Image source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi extends Android 10 rollout for the Redmi Note 8 Pro

Have you been waiting for Android 10 to reach your Redmi Note 8 Pro? Well, the wait should now be over as Xiaomi has issued new updates for three more variants. Released as OTAs, the updates are available to download manually too.
Alex Alderson, Sat, 28 Mar 2020 20:20:00 +0100
The new 27-inch LG UltraGear. (Source: LG USA)

LG announces US pricing and availability for the latest 27-inch UltraGear gaming monitor

The LG 27GN750 is a CES Award-winning monitor of the UltraGear series. Its almost-bezelless IPS panel has a 1 millisecond (ms) response time, has HDR10 and is compatible with NVIDIA G-SYNC. The OEM has released it for sale at US$3...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 28 Mar 2020 20:04:00 +0100
The Motorola One. (Source: Motorola)

The Motorola One starts updating to Android 10

Motorola introduced its latest entry- to mid-range One series of phones in late 2018 with an eponymous variant. Therefore, it may have disappointed many of its fans that it has taken it this long to get a build of Android 10. This...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 28 Mar 2020 18:30:00 +0100
Realme X2 gets Android 10-based Realme UI update

Android 10 update for Realme X2 is now available for download

Realme X2 owners will be pleased to know that they'll receive the much-awaited Android 10 update soon. It comes to the Realme X2 in the form of Realme UI and brings forth a host of new features such as a three-finger screenshot ge...
Anil Satyanarayana, Sat, 28 Mar 2020 16:33:00 +0100
OnePlus may also be working on cases in new materials. (Source: Twitter)

OnePlus hints at an Always On Display and new case types for its upcoming flagships

An always-on display is often a sought-after software feature in Android phones. The increasingly popular OEM OnePlus has classically resisted this trend, offering a less consistent Ambient mode instead. However, it has announced ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 27 Mar 2020 22:44:00 +0100
The Galaxy Watch Active 2. (Source: Samsung)

The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 will get ECG support, but it will be delayed

Samsung's latest smartwatch has an electrocardiography (ECG) sensor, but it is deactivated at present. The OEM had projected that it would be working via a firmware update in the first quarter of 2020 (1Q2020). However, it now see...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 27 Mar 2020 20:51:00 +0100
The Mi A2 Lite has suffered the same fate as the Mi A3 when it comes to Android 10 updates (Image source: Frandroid)

"Fixed" Android 10 update arriving very soon for the Mi A2 Lite, but there is a caveat

The Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite may be on the verge of receiving a new Android 10 update. Apparently also including the March security patch update, the update will redress the bugs that the first Android 10 update introduced to the device....
Alex Alderson, Fri, 27 Mar 2020 12:16:00 +0100

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