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Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 675 will start shipping in mid-range devices in early 2019. (Source: Qualcomm)

Qualcomm launches new Snapdragon 675 for mid-range smartphones

Qualcomm has taken the covers off the successor to its Snapdragon 670 for mid-range smartphones. The new Snapdragon 675 focuses on bringing features typically found in flagships to more affordable devices, particularly in the area...
Oct 22
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The Samsung Galaxy Book 2. (Source: PhoneArena)

5G could replace your laptop's hard-drive, according to tech executives

Companies such as Qualcomm and Samsung may believe that devices like the Galaxy Book 2 are the immediate future of the laptop. This is because they can leverage the power of 5G for data transfer and cloud functions. However, some ...
Huawei Mate 20 Pro colors, flagship not available in the US

No Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro for the US market

Google and Apple can celebrate because the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and its non-Pro sibling will not give them a hard time in the US. Unfortunately for Huawei's US fans, the Chinese company has just confirmed that these two devices will...
Could this technology spell the end of the notch? (Source: Twitter/Ice universe)

Leaked Samsung event image hints at a Galaxy S10 device without bezels or a notch

A leaked image from a private business event held by Samsung in China recently has shown off some of the display technologies that the South Korean company is working on. The four technologies mentioned in this instance are Finger...
Xiaomi Mi Max 3

84% Xiaomi Mi Max 3 Smartphone Review

Maximum display diagonal. The 6.9-inch Xiaomi Mi Max 3 offers even more display area to the users than its predecessor, and the hardware has also been slightly updated. We clarify in our review what the buyers of this Chinese import version can expect for a price of about 250 Euros (~$288; currently $250 to import to the US).
Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 | Qualcomm Adreno 509 | 6.9" | 221 g
Lenovo S5 Pro Android smartphone with dual camera setup with 2X optical zoom (Source: Android Authority)

Lenovo S5 Pro debuts in China, dual camera with 2X optical zoom in tow

With a 6.2-inch full HD+ display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor, the Lenovo S5 Pro also brings two dual camera setups (one on each side) in the sub-US$200 price range, something that no major brand managed to do so far. S...
China has been accused of installing spy chips in servers used by U.S. companies like Apple and Amazon. (Source: PCMag)

Supermicro to carry out internal review in Chinese spy chip case

Supermicro has sent out a letter to its customers to reassure them that the tech company will be carrying out a thorough internal review of its hardware in regard to allegations made by a Bloomberg article. The news item argued th...
Qualcomm working on Google Chrome port for Windows 10 ARM, launch expected for Q2 2019

Windows 10 ARM could get a native Google Chrome release in the second half of 2019

Google Chrome users who run the browser on Qualcomm Snapdragon-driven Windows 10 ARM laptops are facing performance problems due to the fact that these machines have to emulate this piece of code. Qualcomm has confirmed that an AR...
The GTX 1060 is being refreshed with better memory. (Source: NVIDIA)

GTX 1060s on sale now upgraded to GDDR5X

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 is still competitive at the sub-US$400 price bracket. It was originally released with 6GB of GDDR5 memory. A change to its product page on its maker's website now suggests that there are GDDR5X versions...
Digital Wellbeing app hits Android One handsets with Android 9.0 Pie (Source: Google Play)

The Digital Wellbeing app now available for testing on Android One handsets

Only available for Pixel devices until now, the Digital Wellbeing app is finally ready for Android One handsets. The problem is that it only works on Android 9.0 Pie, so only Nokia 7 Plus and Nokia 6.1 Plus users can enjoy this pi...
Dell XPS 15 9570 facing a DPC latency bug, problem should be fixed soon according to Frank Azor

Dell XPS 15 9570's DPC latency issue should be fixed soon

At first glance, the Dell XPS 15 9570 is a good choice for those who are looking for a powerful yet portable machine to use for music production. Sadly, a DPC latency issue makes it unsuitable for this task, but Frank Azor has jus...
Samsung wants to make a laptop that bends at points beside the hinges. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung is working on foldable laptops

Lee Min-cheol, who works as a vice president at marketing in Samsung's PC division, stated that the Korean giant is indeed working on a laptop with a bendy display. This move, as Min-cheol claims, is intended to keep PCs relevant ...
The Honor Magic 2. (Source: Weibo)

Honor Magic 2 spotted on Chinese web without visible fingerprint scanner

The Honor Magic 2 is likely to be released soon. It has been slated to come with an OPPO Find X-like sliding mechanism to hide its front-facing sensors behind a notch-free screen. Recent leaks and teasers from Weibo and TENAA indi...
The listing's image appears to refer to RDR2 for PC specifically. (Source: MediaMarkt)

Online listing for Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC posted, then yanked again

The second installment of Red Dead Redemption has been announced as launching soon. However, this news is not great for PC gamers, as the game is thought to be only available for consoles. A recent listing by an e-tailer appears t...
Razer Phone 2 gaming phone might get a Samsung-made competitor soon with custom GPU

Samsung's gaming phone with in-house GPU allegedly in the works

Although the technical details are shady at this stage, it seems that Samsung is working on an in-house GPU for its upcoming gaming handset. Sadly, there is no release date to talk about yet, but given the increasing popularity of...
The Samsung W2019 is expected to be released in December. (Source: SlashLeaks)

Images of Samsung's W2019 leaked online

Some pictures of Samsung’s clamshell phone, the W2019, have been leaked online. The images show a hefty-looking flip-phone that has two displays and dual rear cameras. Its high-end predecessor, the W2018, was only released in Chin...
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme (i5, FHD, GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q) Laptop Review

92% Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme (i5, FHD, GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q) Laptop Review

Anti-glare is better. The more expensive model of the ThinkPad X1 Extreme has been found to be a worthy competitor to the Dell XPS 15 in many respects. Today, the question is whether the same is true for the base model with the i5-8300H and the matte FHD screen. Find out which configuration of the X1 Extreme fares better in this comprehensive review!
Intel Core i5-8300H | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q | 15.6" | 1.7 kg
Oct 21
Huawei and Oppo devices caught cheating in benchmarks, 3DMark promptly delists them (Source: 3DMark)

Huawei and Oppo devices caught cheating in benchmarks, 3DMark promptly delists them

In-house tests by 3DMark show Oppo falsifying performance scores for its latest Find X flagship smartphone and more. The news further damages the reputations of Chinese smartphone OEMs at a time when the U.S. government is already...
Windows 10 may have a brand-new issue.

Windows has another new October update issue to fix

The newest Windows 10 update (1809, or October update) has been plagued with teething issues. Most recently, some users have documented one of them on Reddit. This bug results in the failure to bring up dialogs that prevent the lo...
The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. (Source: Daily Express)

The Pixel 3 XL may use a Samsung display but the smaller Pixel 3 sports an LG one

Last year, the Pixel 2 was hailed for its Samsung display while the Pixel 2 XL was heavily criticized for its LG panel. This year, though, it would appear that tables have turned, with the more expensive phone opting for the tradi...
The Xperia XZ2. (Source; CNET)

Sony announces exact dates for its Android Pie rollout

Sony sent out the Pie update to the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact and has gone a step further by announcing exact dates for the XZ1, XZ1 Compact, XZ Premium, XZ2 Premium and XA2 phones' Android Pie rollout.
Soulcalibur VI now available for consoles, Windows, and arcade (Source: BANDAI NAMCO)

Soulcalibur VI now available for arcade, consoles, and Windows

Even available for old-school coin-operated machines, Soulcalibur VI is now out for Windows PCs, as well as Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles. With a roster of returning fighters and newcomers, this title is set in the 16th cent...
Oct 20
Comparison of Laptop Graphics Cards

Comparison of Laptop Graphics Cards

Inclusive list of all graphics cards currently available for notebooks. Approximate 3DMark benchmarks results are provided in italic.
Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List

Mobile Graphics Cards - Benchmark List

Sort and filter through all currently available mobile graphics cards by performance or specification.
Computer Games on Laptop Graphics Cards

Computer Games on Laptop Graphics Cards

Benchmark list of all laptop graphics cards and their performance in real games. The list is divided in different settings and can be searched and restricted.
Some Pixel phones are failing to save some images taken with Google Camera. (Source: Android Police)

Some Pixel phones are not saving images taken using the Google Camera app

Some Pixel 2 and 2XL units do not save the pictures taken using Google Camera properly, so that they do not show up in Photos or in the phones' storage. This is now apparently happening to some newer Pixels as well. This issue may...
OnePlus appears to be squarely in Apple's crosshairs these days. (Source: GadgetsNow)

OnePlus has changed the 6T's launch date - because of Apple

OnePlus had announced some time ago that their next product launch would take place in New York on October 30th. However, Apple has just taken that same date to release their new Macs and iPad Pro. The Chinese company has responde...
The EU wants big tech to pay more taxes. (Source: Irish Independent)

France's finance minister gets 'EU Tech Tax' argument going again

The European Union (EU) have been planning legislation to curb the at-least perceived tax-dodging practices of big tech firms with bases within the union. It involves taxing revenues from online ads at the per-EU point of target. ...
Oct 19
43 percent of millennials check their phone once every 20 minutes (Source: KDM Engineering)

43 percent of Millennials check their smartphone once every 20 minutes

Most smartphone users know of his or her bad smartphone habits, but they just don't seem to care. More than half admit to texting while driving with many even pulling out the smartphone during job interviews.
The new Z Club service provides 4 distinct plans suited for particular creative professional groups.  (Source: HP)

HP introduces Z Club Device-as-a-Service hardware bundles for creative professionals

The new device-as-a-service program from HP is limited to select customers for the time being and it targets creative professionals like photographers, video editors, graphic designers, and CG artists. Each professional group gets...
Alienware m15 gaming notebook coming to the US October 25, 2018, confirms Frank Azor

The Alienware m15 coming to the US next week, confirms Frank Azor

With a lighter and thinner design than the Alienware 13, the new Alienware m15 is the brand's most compact gaming notebook so far. Frank Azor has just confirmed that this new machine for gamers on the go will hit the market on Oct...
MIT's DAWG could easily be integrated in OS updates, and it is said to be less taxing on the overall system performance. (Source: Bit-Tech)

MIT provides alternative solution for Spectre-like CPU bugs

Intel may be implementing in-silicon solutions against Spectre and meltdown attacks, but not all threat variants can be identified this way. MIT's DAWG solution can detect all variants plus similar speculative attacks, and it can ...
Google Android facing problems in Europe, licensing fees to drive handset prices up in 2019

Google app licenses for Android to reach US$40 per phone

As if the various taxes already in place are not enough, Android users in the EU will end up paying more for their phones starting next year due to the licensing fees that Google will start charging for devices that are activated ...
Samsung Family Square going down on October 22

Samsung Family Square shutting down next week

Samsung has shut down services in the past and will surely do the same in the future, so the fact that Family Square is going down is nothing out of this world. This app came with the 18.4-inch Galaxy View and its goal was to enab...
Ubuntu Linux 18.10 "Cosmic Cuttlefish" now available October 2018 (Source: Ubuntu blog)

Ubuntu 18.10 "Cosmic Cuttlefish" now available, new default theme and performance improvements in tow

As previously announced, the Ubuntu 18.10 release comes with the GNOME 3.30 desktop and Yaru — the new default theme that has been developed by the community. The new kernel and updated graphics libraries now support the Raspberry...
LG G7 ThinQ Android handset fails to enter DxOMark's top 10

DxOMark: The LG G7 ThinQ fails to get a top 10 score

Although this premium flagship sports quite a few attractive features, including a dual camera setup with OIS and specs that look great in theory, it failed to score more than 83 DxOMark points. While the test has shown that the G...
Windows 10 19H1 is currently available as an insider's preview. (Source: Windows Latest)

2019 Windows update may address Spectre patch-related performance issues

Windows 10 19H1, an update already being tested out by some users, is now expected to contain new adaptations to the Spectre-patch problem. These fixes for the more severe Spectre variant 2 vulnerability can reduce performance by ...
Huawei CEO Richard Yu confirms foldable 5G phone in the works October 2018 interview

Huawei confirms to be working on a 5G foldable phone, release date still unknown

During the Mate 20 Pro launch event, Huawei's CEO was asked about foldable handsets. Richard Yu confirmed that the company is working on foldable phones, also adding that these handsets feature 5G connectivity. Sadly, he did not r...
The iPhone XR adds blue to the Apple back-panel color gamut. (Source: Rogers)

iPhone XR now available for pre-order

The iPhone XR may be the be-notched version of the SE line of old. It offers many new Apple features in a slightly cheaper chassis. This alternative to the XS and XS Max may be attractive for those who like different colors, don't...
Vertu Aster P back cover, Vertu is back from bankruptcy October 2018 (Source: Android Central)

Vertu returns with the US$5,000 Aster P luxury smartphone

The brand once owned by Nokia is back with the Vertu Aster P, a luxury handset that is all about status. Available in China for a bit over US$5,000, this handset is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor and does not even ...
The Galaxy Book 2 is Samsung's first Windows on Snapdragon device. (Source: Samsung)

Samsung launches Galaxy Book 2 with WoS

Samsung has taken the covers off its successor to the Galaxy Book. The new Galaxy Book 2 also happens to be the rumored Windows on Snapdragon (WoS) device that Samsung has been said to be working on.
Dell Alienware Area 51 R6 gaming desktop PC (Source: Dell)

Dell and Alienware's gaming business is thriving

In a first-ever move, Frank Azor has just disclosed data related to the Dell and Alienware's gaming business and it is more than good. According to him, the gaming business that involves these two iconic brands is worth US$3 billi...
The jump form 12 nm to 7 nm should bring serious performance boosts for the Ryzen 3000 CPUs. (Source: AMD)

AMD's Ryzen 3000 CPUs to get outstanding performance bump over Ryzen 2000 models

The Ryzen 2000 series still delivered decent performance gains over the original Ryzen models, even if the shrinking process was minimal. With the jump from 12 nm to 7 nm, the IPC boost is expected to be almost 5 times greater, at...
A recent render of the Galaxy S10. (Source: TheNerdMag)

New Samsung patent may bring optical in-display fingerprint scanner to Galaxy S10 after all

A freshly-submitted patent for Samsung may shed new light on how the company plans to handle fingerprint authentication in 2019. The good news is: It is in the display. The bad news is that it may not be the more state-of-the-art ...
Project Warlock first person shooter for Windows now available late October 2018 (Source: GOG)

Project Warlock is a nostalgia-infused GOG exclusive first person shooter

Fans of old-school first-person shooters like Doom, Wolfenstein, or Duke Nukem can enjoy the brand-new Project Warlock, a game that features 60 levels, 5 worlds, 72 enemy types, 38 upgradeable weapons, 8 unlockable spells, as well...
Spotify has a refreshed Wear OS app. (Source: Spotify)

Spotify releases improved Wear OS app update

The music streaming service Spotify has finally pushed an update for the app used on Android smartwatches. This version takes on the functions users formerly had to turn to 3rd-party solutions for. For example, the new Spotify for...
Asus ROG smartphone now available for pre-order at $900 USD (Source: Asus)

Asus ROG smartphone now available for pre-order at $900 USD

A special launch event is taking place today at the 5th avenue Microsoft Store with games and guest appearances from the eSports scene. Attendees will get the chance to play with the smartphone and even pre-order one in person.
Oct 18
Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS

90% Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS Smartphone Review

Pure luxury? The name says it all: The Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS wants to offer pure luxury, which is reflected in the device’s exorbitant price. Find out in this review whether one of the world’s most expensive smartphones is worth the hefty investment.
HiSilicon Kirin 970 | ARM Mali-G72 MP12 | 6" | 183 g
First mainstream DDR5 RAM modules are now expected to be commercialized in 2020. (Source: Anandtech)

DDR5 RAM production postponed for end of 2019

The first desktop and laptop DDR5 RAM modules are now expected to be released at some point in 2020, as JEDEC has not yet finalized the hardware specs for the DDR5 standard. What we know for sure about the DDR5 RAM is that it will...
The N64 Classic mini console could be launched in December in order to counter Sony's PS Classic mini console release. (Source: Nintendo)

First pictures of the Nintendo N64 Classic Mini console emerge

The leaked closeups seem to have been captured from a promotional video, suggesting an imminent official announcement. Featuring the hide-away control ports also found on the NES and SNES Classic mini consoles, this appears to be ...

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