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The Redmi Note 8, Note 9S, and Note 5 Pro have Android 11-based custom ROMs available for them. (Image source: Xiaomi - edited)

Redmi Note 8, Redmi Note 8T, Redmi Note 9S, and even the Redmi Note 5 Pro get special Android 11-based custom ROM treatment

Various new Android 11-based custom ROMs have been appearing for a number of Redmi devices, with the especially popular Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8T getting the unofficial Android 11 treatment. The custom ROM for the Redmi Note ...
Daniel R Deakin, Mon, 21 Sep 2020 11:12:00 +0200
MIUI is now in its 10th year as a ROM. (Source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi's international business may account for over half of its revenue, and it's all thanks to MIUI

Xiaomi's CEO, Lei Jun, reportedly estimated that his OEM's global operations represented 50% or more of its total revenue at this stage. Speaking at an innovation conference in China, the executive attributed this international su...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 21 Sep 2020 00:36:00 +0200
Turtle Beach's Stealth 700 and 600 Gen 2s. (Source: Turtle Beach)

Turtle Beach releases second-gen Stealth 700 and 600 headsets for the PS4/5 and Xbox

Turtle Beach has announced that the latest in its Stealth series of headsets for PlayStation or Xbox are available to purchase from today (September 20, 2020). These new variants of the "best sellers" in the wireless audio categor...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 20 Sep 2020 18:41:00 +0200
OPPO Watch: coming soon with ECG. (Source: Weibo)

An "ECG Edition" of the OPPO Watch will launch soon

OPPO has announced what it is calling a smartwatch with "professional"-grade electrocardiography (ECG) features. This is because it has been officially certified as such a device, albeit in China only. This wearable, which looks l...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 20 Sep 2020 17:43:00 +0200
The Poco F1 and the Mi A2 were both released in 2018. (Image source: Xiaomi - edited)

Poco F1 and Xiaomi Mi A2 owners can get a taste of Android 11 thanks to updated custom ROMs

Updated custom ROMs based on Android 11 have become available for both the Poco F1 and Xiaomi Mi A2 smartphones. It has already been revealed that neither of these devices was on the list for official OEM support to Android 11, bu...
Daniel R Deakin, Sun, 20 Sep 2020 09:23:00 +0200
Xiaomi may already be testing Android 11 builds of MIUI 12 for multiple devices internally. (Image source: Xiaomi)

The Xiaomi Redmi K20, Mi CC9 Pro and Redmi K30 may be next in line for Android 11-based MIUI 12 upgrades

Xiaomi may already be testing Android 11 builds of MIUI 12 for multiple devices internally, according to a new report. It seems that the Redmi K20, Redmi K30 and Mi CC9 Pro are next up for Android 11, as should the Mi Note 10, Mi ...
Alex Alderson, Sat, 19 Sep 2020 21:53:00 +0200
The new ViewSonic All-in-One Direct View LED Display. (Source: ViewSonic)

ViewSonic announces a new all-in-one LED display that goes up to 216 inches in size

Large-scale 'video wall'-style displays (or those that are about 100 inches diagonally or more) are often impressive and effective, particularly in a professional environment. However, they can pose several disadvantages, especial...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 19 Sep 2020 17:49:00 +0200
AirConsole claims to have attracted 7 million players since its inception. (Source: AirConsole)

AirConsole claims to be cloud-gaming but for Xbox, PS4 or Switch titles

Cloud gaming allows PC gamers to stream their titles via any device rather than load them on a high-powered rig. AirConsole is a company that claims to do much the same for console games. However, in its case, the user's smartphon...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 19 Sep 2020 01:33:00 +0200
The latest Chromecast device, according to a new leak. (Source: WinFuture)

Google's upcoming smart speaker and Chromecast device are allegedly leaked in full ahead of their launch

Google has indicated that it will launch new smart home products alongside the Pixels 5 and 4a (5G) at these smartphones' launch at the end of September. However, a leaks site may have spoiled any surprise left in conjunction with...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 19 Sep 2020 00:56:00 +0200
The Pocophone F1 has finally received its MIUI 12 update. (Image source: Xiaomi)

MIUI 12 update arrives for the Pocophone F1

The Pocophone F1 has started receiving MIUI 12, Xiaomi's latest OS. Based on Android 10, MIUI 12 for the Pocophone F1 is only being rolled out to Russian handsets for the time being, but it can be downloaded manually.
Alex Alderson, Sat, 19 Sep 2020 00:47:00 +0200
No MIUI 12 yet for the Redmi Note 8. (Source: Xiaomi)

New updates land on the Redmi Note 8 and Mi A2 Lite

Xiaomi is now sending out new updates to some of its phones, with the Redmi Note 8 and Mi A2 Lite getting OTAs. For the Redmi Note 8, two updates have been sent, to the global and Indian models of the devices. Owners of the global...
Ricci Rox, Fri, 18 Sep 2020 19:22:00 +0200
NVIDIA GeForce Game Ready Driver 456.38 - What's New (Source: GeForce Experience app)

NVIDIA's GeForce Game Ready Driver 456.38 comes with support for the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090, DLSS and ray tracing in Fortnite, and more

The latest Game Ready driver package from NVIDIA arrived yesterday and comes with day-one optimizations for Halo 3: ODST and Mafia: Definitive Edition, ray tracing and DLSS support for Fortnite, NVIDIA Reflex latency optimization ...
Codrut Nistor, Fri, 18 Sep 2020 09:37:00 +0200
The Xperia 5 II and Xperia 1 II. (Image source: Sony)

Xperia 1 II to receive Android 11 when the Xperia 5 II launches in Q4 2020

The Xperia 1 II will not receive Android 11 until the Xperia 5 II launches, according to a new report. The Xperia 5 II has multiple launch dates, so it may not be until December before the Xperia 1 II sees Android 11.
Alex Alderson, Thu, 17 Sep 2020 19:54:00 +0200
Huawei has now completed its EMUI 10.1 upgrade plan in Africa and the Middle East. (Image source: Huawei)

Huawei completes EMUI 10.1 upgrade plan in two more regions

Huawei has completed its EMUI 10.1 upgrade plan in two more regions. All Huawei devices in Africa and the Middle East should have now received EMUI 10.1, shortly before the company starts rolling out EMUI 11, its new in-house vers...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 17 Sep 2020 18:34:00 +0200
Lenovo now sells the Flex 5G in the US. (Source: Lenovo)

Lenovo releases the Flex 5G to the US market via its own site

The Flex 5G is Lenovo's premium 2-in-1 with the Snapdragon 8cx platform that allows it the same standalone connectivity as most 2020 flagship phones. It has been on sale in the US before; however, those units were locked to the Ve...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Thu, 17 Sep 2020 01:02:00 +0200
The new Vecnos IQUI. (Source: Vecnos)

Vecnos launches its new IQUI "pen-sized" 360-degree camera

Vecnos is a spin-off from Ricoh that is dedicated to making compact lifestyle cameras. It has finally unveiled its first 360-degree camera in full. The IQUI fits its 4 proprietary lenses and their controls into a laser-pointer for...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Thu, 17 Sep 2020 00:29:00 +0200
The new JAM Audio Travel ANC headphones. (Source: JAM Audio)

JAM Audio's latest wireless headphones offer ANC and a fold-away design for US$60

JAM Audio has launched the Travel ANC wireless headphones. The OEM claims that they are rated for up to 24 hours of battery life, or 18 with active noise-cancelling (ANC) on. Their design also allows for folding up or folding flat
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 16 Sep 2020 19:30:00 +0200
The Mi Mix 3 5G started receiving MIUI 12 earlier this month. (Image source: Xiaomi)

5G connectivity woes plague the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G on MIUI 12

There are reports that the first MIUI 12 build for the Mi Mix 3 5G has removed 5G connectivity for the device. The EU variant is the only one to have received Xiaomi's latest too, albeit one still based on Android 9.0 Pie. All oth...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 16 Sep 2020 14:30:00 +0200
Super Mario 3D All-Stars is set to launch on Friday, but the entire game has already leaked on the Internet. (Image via Nintendo)

Super Mario 3D All-Stars leaks in full online days before release, confirmed to use emulation

Just days before its release, Super Mario 3D All-Stars leaked onto the Internet in full. While a leak of the game is bad enough, an intrepid data miner reports that the game uses emulators to play the three retro Mario games withi...
Sam Medley, Wed, 16 Sep 2020 14:28:00 +0200
Armored Warfare 0.33 now available with major tier 7-10 rebalance and more (Source: Armored Warfare on YouTube)

The Spirithaven season comes to an end: Armored Warfare 0.33 is finally available

After a few updates that failed to at least touch this area, Armored Warfare 0.33 comes with a major rebalance of the high-tier vehicles (tiers 7 to 10). In addition to these adjustments, the list of improvements also includes imp...
Codrut Nistor, Wed, 16 Sep 2020 13:57:00 +0200
The Apple Watch Series 6 has new sensors. (Source: Apple)

Apple makes the Watch Series 6 and Watch SE official

The latest Apple Watch is here...and so is the latest Apple Watch. The Cupertino giant has released 2 variants of its iconic wearable for the first time. The flagship Series 6 has the latest watchOS 7 features, a new always-on alt...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 16 Sep 2020 00:29:00 +0200
Connected health in the home is on the rise. (Source: Parks Associates)

42% of US households with broadband internet now own at least one health-related device

Connected health devices are electronics that can provide links to organizations such as the Mayo Clinic or Electronic Caregiver so as to help monitor or even treat a patient in their own home. A new survey indicates that their ad...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 15 Sep 2020 19:36:00 +0200
The Razer Phone 2 has only received one OS upgrade. (Image source: Razer)

The Razer Phone 2 has not received an OS upgrade in almost 19 months

The Razer Phone 2 has only received one OS upgrade since its release in October 2018. The former flagship smartphone may still receive security patch updates, but it remains stuck on Android 9.0 Pie with no upgrade to Android 10 i...
Alex Alderson, Tue, 15 Sep 2020 19:20:00 +0200
Xiaomi released the Redmi Note 8 Pro on Android 9.0 Pie last year. (Image source: Xiaomi)

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro receives a new update

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro has received a new update. The update, which is rolling out globally now, brings the device onto the August 2020 set of Android security patches.
Alex Alderson, Tue, 15 Sep 2020 19:14:00 +0200
The new Sony a7c. (Source: B&H Photo Video)

The new Sony alpha a7c is now the world's most compact full-frame camera

Sony has broken ground with its latest mirrorless unit, as the OEM has packed a full-frame sensor into dimensions normally reserved for APS-C cameras. The alpha 7c (or a7c) also offers a flip-out LCD touchscreen and in-body image ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 15 Sep 2020 18:58:00 +0200
The new ROCCAT Elo headsets. (Source: ROCCAT)

ROCCAT unleashes its latest Elo series with 7.1 channel surround sound and Turtle Beach technology

The gaming headset maker ROCCAT has collaborated with its new parent, Turtle Beach, on its new Elo series. It comes in cross-platform stereo, USB and wireless varieties, all of which are rated for 7.1 surround sound. The Elos also...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 15 Sep 2020 18:12:00 +0200
The One UI 3.0 beta is now available for some Samsung phones

Here's what the Android 11-based One UI 3.0 update has in store for us

We finally have our first look at what Samsung has in store for us with One UI 3.0. For the most part, it is an incremental upgrade that improves upon existing One UI and One UI 2.0 features. The One UI 3.0 beta is only available ...
Anil Satyanarayana, Tue, 15 Sep 2020 16:04:00 +0200
The 460: coming to phones besides the OnePlus Clover soon(?). (Source: Qualcomm)

Realme's first Snapdragon 460 phone may have been spotted on Geekbench

The Snapdragon 460 is a new Qualcomm processor that has hit the headlines thanks to its putative role in OnePlus' first-ever entry-level smartphone. It seems the OEM Realme is also preparing a device based on the cost-effective ch...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Mon, 14 Sep 2020 23:38:00 +0200
The Redmi Note 8 remains without MIUI 12 but not for much longer. (Source: Xiaomi)

Redmi Note 8, Redmi Note 9S, Redmi Note 9 Pro billed to star the show in third phase of MIUI 12 rollout

After ending the second phase of its MIUI 12 rollout last week, Xiaomi is slated to set its sights towards the third phase, with phones like the Redmi Note 8, Redmi Note 9S, Redmi Note 9 Pro, and Redmi Note 9 Pro Max likely to fin...
Ricci Rox, Mon, 14 Sep 2020 21:19:00 +0200
The Realme Watch S Pro. (Source: FCC via MySmartPrice)

Realme's first round-faced smartwatch may launch in the US soon following a full FCC specs leak

The Realme Watch S Pro is a new product approved for use by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Unlike this OEM's first wearable, it has a circular AMOLED display and a relatively large 420mAh battery. These details are k...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 13 Sep 2020 18:53:00 +0200
Infinix may become better known in the future. (Source: Tecno)

The Infinix Note 8 leaks onto Geekbench 5 as a potential Poco M2/Redmi 9 rival

Tecno is a smartphone OEM that may be on the rise to challenge other, more readily recognizable names such as LG, OPPO or Realme. Its main brand is Infinix, which has been spotted on Geekbench 5 with a new phone called the Note 8....
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 13 Sep 2020 18:06:00 +0200
An original GTR teaser. (Source: Amazfit)

The Amazfit GTR 2 takes a trip to the Bluetooth SIG, possibly confirming it will launch soon

An earlier leak suggested that the increasingly popular wearables brand Amazfit had a second-gen GTR smartwatch in the works. Now, a device of this name has been approved to use Bluetooth 5.0. Therefore, it may not be far away fro...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 13 Sep 2020 17:25:00 +0200
Autonomous vehicles may be better and safer with network slicing. (Source: Ericsson)

The network slicing market may surpass US$600 million in 6 years

Network slicing refers to the process of sharing a single network (usually for mobile data) between different use-cases (e.g. IoT or VR) in a way that renders the same connectivity optimal for each one. Therefore, its market is li...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 13 Sep 2020 16:55:00 +0200
A leaker posts more evidence of 66W Huawei chargers. (Source: Weibo)

An EMUI 11 trailer video points to 66W charging for the Mate 40 series

Huawei unveiled its latest update to its Android skin, EMUI 11, at its 2020 Developer Conference. This involved a teaser video that contains a shot seeming to reference 66 watt (W) charging. This goes beyond the current upper limi...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 13 Sep 2020 01:00:00 +0200
Google Play Games' new filters. (Source: Google)

Google Play Games now has filters to exclude titles with ads or in-app purchases

Mobile gaming is a growing industry as it can be a fun way to pass the time. However, the enjoyment titles made to be played on your phone can be curbed by the need to complete micro-transactions to proceed, or to watch ads to avo...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sun, 13 Sep 2020 00:18:00 +0200
Windows 10 logo, Windows 1803 and 1904 support ending soon as of September 2020 (Source: Microsoft)

Windows 10 version 1903 support coming to an end in December

Although most Windows 10 users should be running at least the version labeled 1909 of Microsoft's operating system, those still stuck with the older version 1903 should be aware that the Redmond giant will stop supporting all its ...
Codrut Nistor, Sat, 12 Sep 2020 19:57:00 +0200
Google Duo and Meet move to bigger screens. (Source: Google)

Google Duo and Meet are coming to Android TVs

2020 may go down as the year of truly everyday video-calling and video-conferencing. Google has decided to facilitate this by adding support for its Meet and Duo apps to Android TVs. Therefore, these smart screens will be able to ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Sat, 12 Sep 2020 18:58:00 +0200
The FreeBuds Pro. (Source: Huawei)

Huawei claims its new FreeBuds Pro and FreeLaces Pro have "industry-leading" noise-cancellation

Huawei has also launched its latest hearables at its ongoing Developer Conference. The FreeBuds Pro have the AirPod form-factor; however, it is also claimed that they have "intelligent dynamic noise cancellation" and active noise ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 11 Sep 2020 20:45:00 +0200
The Watch Fit will be out worldwide soon. (Source: Huawei)

The Huawei Watch Fit sees an international launch with pricing and availability info

Huawei has introduced the Watch Fit, its first smartwatch with a rounded rectangular fact, to more markets at its Developer Conference (HDC 2020). It has many features in common with the equally new Watch GT 2 Pro, but is much mor...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 11 Sep 2020 19:53:00 +0200
The Watch GT 2 Pro. (Source: Huawei)

Huawei's Watch GT 2 Pro has a premium build and "pro-grade" health-tracking features

Huawei has launched its new range of wearables at this OEM's own Developer Conference (HDC 2020). Its flagship is unarguably the Watch GT 2 Pro, which has titanium and ceramic in its casing, as well as a "sapphire" display crystal...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Fri, 11 Sep 2020 19:18:00 +0200
EMUI 11 beta is currently available to download on 10 devices. (Image source: Huawei)

EMUI 11 launched as Huawei opens its beta program to 10 devices

Huawei has launched EMUI 11, its latest in-house OS. EMUI 11 is currently based on Android 10, but features numerous changes from EMUI 10 and EMUI 10.1. Huawei has opened its beta program to ten devices too, albeit only those in C...
Alex Alderson, Thu, 10 Sep 2020 17:22:00 +0200
Android Auto is typically wired. (Source: Google)

A developer's crowdfunding project for a wireless form of Android Auto beats its goal

Android Auto is an app that throws Google services such as Maps and the Assistant up onto a car's display from a USB-connected phone. However, its compatibility or stability can be variable sometimes. To this end, the developer Em...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 09 Sep 2020 23:05:00 +0200
Xiaomi has now finished the second round of its MIUI 12 rollout. (Image source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi announces the end of MIUI 12 Round 2 as the start of Round 3 seems likely

The second round of the MIUI 12 release schedule has been completed, Xiaomi has confirmed on Weibo. The second batch of OS upgrades has been completed ahead of schedule, but Xiaomi has not finished the rollout of MIUI 12 yet. Olde...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 09 Sep 2020 22:19:00 +0200
The Motorola Razr 2020 5G. (Source: WinFuture)

Update: Launched, leaks confirmed | The Motorola Razr 2020 5G has a full specs leak and an unboxing ahead of its official launch

Motorola is scheduled to launch its refreshed Razr 2020 later today (September 9, 2020). However, it is already out there in the form of YouTube hands-on and first impressions by prominent tech influencers. Furthermore, Roland Qua...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 09 Sep 2020 22:18:00 +0200
Xiaomi's Android 11 rollout will begin with the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro. (Source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi kicks off Android 11 rollout with updates to the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro

Xiaomi has now kickstarted the Android 11 rollout for its lineup, starting with its current flagship phones, the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro. Android 11 builds are now being rolled out to owners of the global Mi 10 model. There are some c...
Ricci Rox, Wed, 09 Sep 2020 20:49:00 +0200
The Xbox Series S looks like a fancy speaker and this is why. (Source: Microsoft)

Microsoft issues a full spec breakdown for the Xbox Series S (and X)

Microsoft has just introduced the concept of the Xbox Series S. Now, it has gone into greater detail on its upcoming, all-new digital-only console. The product also gets an AMD Zen 2-based CPU and an RDNA GPU, albeit not exactly t...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Wed, 09 Sep 2020 17:23:00 +0200
The Mate 8 continues to receive software updates almost five years after its release. (Image source: Huawei)

The Huawei Mate 8 receives a new update, almost five years after being released

The Huawei Mate 8 is still receiving software updates, nearly five years after its release in November 2015. The latest update brings the July 2020 set of security patches and a battery abnormality detection feature. The update is...
Alex Alderson, Wed, 09 Sep 2020 14:28:00 +0200
OnePlus has versions of Android 11 for the 8 series. (Source: OnePlus)

The OnePlus 8 series now has stable Android 11-based betas

Google has released the first stable build of Android 11 for the Pixel line of smartphones today (September 8, 2020). Now, OnePlus has announced that it too has such an update for its current flagships, the 8 and 8 Pro. They come ...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 08 Sep 2020 23:26:00 +0200
1More shows off some of its audio products. (Source: 1More)

1More announces that its ANC earbuds are the first TWS devices to be THX-certified

1More launched its first pair of true-wireless stereo (TWS) earbuds with active noise cancellation (ANC) in late 2019. Now, it has revealed that the same accessories have attained a certification from the audio authority THX. This...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 08 Sep 2020 17:27:00 +0200
The new Sony VPL-GTZ380 SXRD projector. (Source: Sony)

Sony's new series of projectors is headlined by a 4K SXRD laser model

Sony has launched its new line of home theater- and enterprise-grade projectors. It comprises laser- and lamp-enabled SKUs, although its flagship has the SXRD tech necessary for a micro-display unit to throw images in 4K. Their ma...
Deirdre O'Donnell, Tue, 08 Sep 2020 16:51:00 +0200

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