Sam Medley (Review Editor)
I've been a "tech-head" my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a Systems Analyst for my local school district. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news articles and notebook reviews. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not hunched over an electronic device or writing code for a new database, I'm either outside with my family, playing a decade-old video game, or sitting behind a drum set.
DuckDuckGo adds new features to its mapping system, courtesy of Apple Maps
DuckDuckGo, the privacy-focused search engine, has added a few new features to its mapping service. These include improved local searches, support for a Dark Mode, and more. The features were added through Apple's MapKit JS framework, which DuckDuckGo started using in January of this year. DuckDuckGo stated that it remains committed to protecting user privacy and has put into place practices to prevent the sharing of personal information with Apple Maps or any other service.
Researchers at Symantec discover media file vulnerability in WhatsApp and Telegram
WhatsApp and Telegram are popular secure messaging apps that feature end-to-end encryption to keep messages safe. Even still, the apps have a glaring backdoor that could allow attackers to alter media files sent through the apps. Both apps can store media to publicly accessible file directories, which leaves them vulnerable to manipulation.
University of California-developed AI taught itself to solve a Rubik's Cube in one second
Researchers at the University of California created an AI that taught itself the shortest solution paths in several different one-goal logic puzzles, including a Rubik's Cube, sliding tile puzzles, Lights out, and Sokoban. While the AI is much slower than human-programmed robots, it gives an interesting look into how AIs arrive at solutions to problems.
Lenovo Flex 14 (2019, Core i5-8265U) Laptop Review - An average convertible at a good price
The 2019 model Lenovo Flex 14 offers a decent amount of performance considering its USD $800 price tag. While it fails to stand out in any meaningful way, it is still an overall good bang-for-the-buck convertible.
Kali Linux now available for Raspberry Pi 4
Kali Linux is now compatible with the Raspberry Pi 4. Currently, the distro is only available as a 32-bit OS, but Offensive Security is planning on releasing a 64-bit version soon. In the meantime, security aficionados who have a spare Raspberry Pi 4 lying around can head over to the Kali Linux site and download the distro image.
Samsung CEO admits the Galaxy Fold's launch was "embarrassing"
In an interview with a small group of media outlet, Samsung CEO D.J. Koh stated that the Galaxy Fold's flubbed launch was "embarrassing." However, Koh still sees foldable devices as the next logical step in the evolution of personal computing. Koh also stated that he envisions a future of connected devices that will replace even foldable phones in a few years time.
ARM's lead CPU architect Mike Filippo hired by Apple
Apple recently hired Mike Filippo, who formerly served as ARM's lead CPU architect. While this move may mean that Apple will begin developing an ARM-based MacBook (as so many have hoped the past few years), it is more likely that Filippo will fill the role of Gerard Williams III, Apple's former lead mobile CPU architect who left the company earlier this year.
New rumor from IHS Markit points to 16-inch MacBook Pro this fall
Recent rumors from analyst group IHS Markit are predicting a 16-inch MacBook Pro. The new device, which is speculated to feature a larger 3072x1920 display from LG, could debut at Apple's fall event this September. The laptop would be a good way to address fan requests for a larger MacBook Pro. Despite the larger screen, it may still have a small case that would continue the thermal issues that have plagued the MacBook Pro for years.
Hackers attacked NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab via a Raspberry Pi, stole 500 MB of mission data
According to a U.S. Office of Inspector General report published Tuesday, a cyberattack on NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in April 2018 was due to a severe lack of security oversight. The attack was made possible via an unauthorized Raspberry Pi that was connected to JPL's network without any knowledge of the security team. Additionally, a lack of proper network segmentation allowed the hackers to access NASA's Deep Space Network, which is responsible for managing interplanetary missions.
Amazon unveils new Kindle Oasis with adjustable color temperature
Amazon unveiled a new Kindle Oasis that uses a front light with an adjustable color temperature. The Oasis, which goes on sale July 24th, is still one of the most expensive eReaders on the market, starting at $250. While the adjustable color temperature is nice for night readers, other manufacturers (namely Kobo) have offered this feature for years.
Microsoft now offers a cheaper 15-inch Surface Book 2, but buying one doesn't make sense
Microsoft is now selling a cheaper version of the Surface Book 2 15. The new model swaps the Core i7 CPU for a Core i5 and drops the dedicated GTX 1060 GPU. However, at $2000, the Core i5 Surface Book 2 15 is hardly a bargain considering the Core i7/GTX 1060 model is a mere $200 more.
Chuwi AeroBook (2019) Laptop Review: A crowdfunded compact Ultrabook
Chuwi's latest laptop is the product of a successful IndieGoGo campaign. While the package is wrapped in a nice shell, the AeroBook ultimately falls short of other compact notebooks. This is largely in part to its outdated 6th-generation Core m3 CPU.
Nintendo at E3: Breath of the Wild sequel, The Witcher 3, and more
Nintendo announced a ton of games coming to the Switch this year and early 2020. Breath of the Wild will be getting a sequel soon, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition will finally land on the Switch in the fall, and a few new titles in storied franchises will be coming out later on in the year. It's a good time to be a Nintendo fan.
Sony's PlayStation Classic on sale now for $30
Amazon and Walmart are currently offering the Sony PlayStation Classic micro-console for US $30, its lowest price ever. The console is pre-loaded with 20 original PlayStation titles but can be easily modded to load several other retro emulators. Sony has also cut prices on controllers and several games.
Atari VCS console finally available for public pre-order at $249
Atari's VCS game console is now available for pre-order from Atari, Walmart, and GameStop. The console starts at US $249 and comes in a two models with three different designs (depending on retailer). Walmart and GameStop are expected to ship pre-orders in March 2020.
Huawei has reportedly shipped 1 million phones with its custom HongMeng OS for testing
Despite massive business embargoes levied against it by the United States Government, Huawei seems to be rolling along. The Chinese company has reportedly shipped one million smartphones running its custom HongMeng OS to testers through China and Asia. The OS is slated for public release this fall.
You can test DOOM on iOS for free later this year
Bethesda is asking gamers to sign up for a beta test program for DOOM 2016 on iOS. The program is designed to test Bethesda's new Orion framework for game streaming. Selected users will be able to stream DOOM 2016 on their iOS devices free of charge later this year.
Sega releases full list of games coming to Genesis Mini microconsole
Sega released the full list of games that will be on the Sega Genesis Mini console, which is set to release in September. The list includes 42 classic 16-bit Sega games, exactly twice as many games as the SNES Classic Edition. There is a good mix of recognizable classics and hidden gems.
Square Enix announces Dragon Quest Walk, a Pokemon-Go style mobile game
Dragon Quest Walk, an adventure AR game in the same vein as Pokemon Go, was announced earlier this week. Though details are sparse, the game seems to have players travel to real-world locations to battle monsters from the Dragon Quest universe. The title is set to release only in Japan for iOS and Android.
MacOS 10.15 throws out iTunes in favor of three dedicated apps
The new version of macOS, 10.15 Catalina, is getting rid of iTunes in lieu of three dedicated media management apps. Replacing the storied software is Apple Music, Apple TV, and Apple Podcasts. MacOS 10.15 will also use Finder to back up, restore, and update a connected iOS device, but users still won't have unfettered access to their iPhone's or iPad's file system.
Return of the Cheese Grater: Apple announces new Mac Pro desktop
Announced today, the new 2019 Mac Pro looks like an updated "cheese grater" Mac Pro. Featuring a massive spec bump over the current Mac Pro, the new desktop features 8 PCIe slots and Apple's new Mac Pro Expansion (MPX) Module system. MPX Modules use a proprietary connection that allows for enough PCIe lanes to deliver 500 Watts and support dual Radeon Pro Vega Duo GPUs with a total of 56.8 teraflops of computing power and 128 GB of HBM2 VRAM.
An ARM and a leg: What ARM's latest decision may cost Huawei
ARM's recent announcement to cut ties with Huawei may leave the Chinese dragon in a lurch. While Huawei manufactures its own custom processors, they are built on ARM's architecture. Should ARM revoke Huawei's ability to use this architecture, Huawei has few options outside of developing its own CPU architecture to continue its electronics business.
Is Apple's App Store a monopoly? Depends on who you ask
A recent survey run by Blind shed some light on what various tech employees think of Apple and the App Store. Apple's own employees largely believe the company doesn't hold a monopoly on iOS app distribution, but other companies (namely Qualcomm and Spotify) believe that Apple's App Store constitutes a monopoly. The survey comes as a response to a recent Supreme Court ruling upholding the validity of a lawsuit filed against Apple for monopolistic practices.
Massive data breach may have affected millions of Instagram users, including some major influencers
A recently discovered hack has exposed the personal contact information of millions of Instagram users, including some prominent influencers and celebrities. The hackers attacked an Amazon Web Services-hosted database owned by Chtrbox, a Mumbai-based marketing firm. Chtrbox had built out the database to broaden their network of potential contract marketers on Instagram. The worst part? The database didn't even have a password.
Security flaw found in Google's Titan Security Keys
A flaw discovered in Google's Bluetooth Low Energy Titan Security Keys leaves a hole open for potential attackers. Under certain circumstances and with proper timing, an attacker could potentially hijack the Bluetooth pairing process used by the Titan to log into a user's account. Google has offered to replace affected Titan Security Keys free of charge.
Asus ZenFone 6 is official and may be one of the best phones of the year
The ZenFone 6, announced today, offers a unique solution to the notch problem plaguing modern smartphones. In addition to its flagship specifications, the ZenFone 6 features a rotating camera module that flips the dual-camera array a full 180 degrees. Users can also take shots at any angle in between, and the rotating mechanism can be used for panoramic shots and subject tracking.
New ZombieLoad attack can exploit all Intel chips dating back to 2011
A flaw in Intel's modern CPU architectures can be used in a new attack. Dubbed "ZombieLoad," the vulnerability is similar to the Spectre and Meltdown bugs that haunted the PC market last year. ZombieLoad uses a similar flaw in Intel CPUs' speculative execution processes to access and leak data, including passwords, keys, and sensitive data.
HP's Omen X 2S has a second display, à la Razer's OG Blade
The HP Omen X 2S is a thin-and-light gaming laptop that features a secondary 6-inch touchscreen display directly above the keyboard. While the device is a capable gaming laptop in its own right, the secondary display could be a game changer that raises the Omen X 2S above the crowd. However, we've seen secondary displays in laptops before, and they usually come across as a gimmick.
Business in the front: Janus Android tablet has E Ink on one side, color LCD on the other
The Eewrite Janus is a dual-screen Android tablet. Taking after the Roman deity with which it shares a name, the Janus sports a high-resolution LCD panel on one side and a Carta E Ink display on the other. According to the pre-order page, the 1200x825 E Ink display also support Wacom styli, which may make the tablet a good tool for sketches and note taking.
UltraFine to Ultra-rare: Apple seemingly removes LG UltraFine 5K display from its store
Apple has apparently delisted the LG UltraFine 5K Display from its online retail store. This could possibly mark the end of the product and might be a harbinger of Apple selling its own professional-grade monitor. Rumors are flying that Apple will soon release a 31.6-inch 6K display for use with the Mac Pro desktop.
Samsung announces new 64 MP image sensor for mobile devices
Samsung introduced two new smartphone image sensors today. Dubbed the GW1 and GM2, the sensors can produce images up to 64 and 48 MP, respectively, thanks to incredibly small pixels. Both sensors feature 0.8 μm pixels, which are currently the smallest on the market. The sensors can be expected to shine in phones in the latter half of 2019.
Respawn has banned over 770,000 Apex Legends players for cheating
Following up on a promise to combat cheating in Apex Legends more than ever, developer Respawn announced in a blot post today that the company has banned over 770,000 players for cheating so far. The company also banned over 4,000 spam accounts in the past 20 days alone.
Windows Solitaire, Mortal Kombat, Super Mario Kart, and Colossal Cave Adventure inducted into World Video Game Hall of Fame
The World Video Game Hall of Fame welcomes four new inductees this week. Windows Solitaire, Mortal Kombat, Super Mario Kart, and Colossal Cave Adventure were chosen from a group of 12 finalists for their impact on the gaming world and society as a whole.
THINK: A brief history of ThinkPads, from IBM to Lenovo
The ThinkPad line is one of the most renowned device families in the laptop world. Ever since its inception under IBM in 1992, the ThinkPad brand has seen its fair share of successes and failures. In this overview, we will take a brief look at the history of the storied brand.
Mozilla to replace Firefox on Android with new browser, dubbed "Fenix"
Firefox for Android will begin to fizzle out later this year. Mozilla is moving their ailing mobile browser into an extended-support update scheme in order to focus on a new mobile browser: Fenix. Firefox for Android will continue to receive minor updates until Fenix is ready to launch, at which point Firefox will move into end-of-life.
Moto G6 Play kernel source code for Android Pie is now freely available on GitHub
Motorola has just released the kernel source code for Android 9 Pie for the Moto G6 Play. This release should make it much easier for modders and developers to create Android Pie-based custom ROMs for the handset, extending its life a bit. Motorola is one of the few companies left that still routinely releases source code for its handsets.
Android Q's Scoped Storage feature delayed until Android R in 2020
An upcoming feature that recently debuted in the latest Android Q beta may not be officially seen until next year. Scoped Storage, a feature that hopes to curtail app permission issues by sandboxing applications, has been found to break legacy applications under some common circumstances.
Six Android apps on Google's Play Store found to secretively harvest data from users
Six apps from Chinese developer DO Global have been found to secretly collect user data and send it to Chinese servers. While these apps have now been removed, this issue has once again turned a spotlight on a serious privacy problem that continues to plague the Google Play Store: unwarranted app permissions.
Chuwi Aerobook (Intel Core m3-6Y30) will launch April 29 at US $470
After running a successful Indiegogo campaign, Chuwi will be selling its Aerobook at a reduced price on April 29th and 30th. The Aerobook features an Intel Core m3-6Y30 (the same CPU used in the 2016 12-inch MacBook), 8 GB of RAM, and a 256 GB SSD.
Rockchip's 8nm octa-core RK3588 set to debut in Q1 of 2020
Rockchip announced a new 8-core mobile SoC yesterday. The RK3588 will feature four ARM Cortex-A55 cores and four ARM Cortex-A76 cores and will be manufactured on an 8nm process. Rockchip claims that the new manufacturing process will increase performance by up to 30% while reducing power consumption by 40%.
Almost 15,000 textures in Fallout: New Vegas get a facelift thanks to A.I.
Using several pieces of A.I-based upscaling software, a modder has upscaled about 15,000 textures used in Fallout: New Vegas. The textures have a 4x upscale (2x horizontal, 2x vertical), giving New Vegas a sharper, cleaner look. This isn't the first instance of a mod team using A.I to upscale textures; Final Fantasy VII received an upscale mod earlier this year.
Apple will begin repairing MacBook Pro keyboards at Apple Stores, reducing turnaround time
In an internal memo to Apple Store employees, Apple has instructed its repair technicians to begin repairing MacBook and MacBook Pro keyboards on-site rather than shipping the devices to a repair facility. It appears that Apple is trying to mitigate the lengthy turnaround time for the repair, an aftershock of the keyboard's failure that has become a major sticking point for several customers.
Hero to villain: Security researcher responsible for stopping WannaCry pleads guilty to malicious hacking charges
The security analyst responsible for dismantling the WannaCry malware that crippled tens of thousands of computer systems (including many used in government services) pleaded guilty to two counts of writing malware used in banking attacks. Marcus Hutchins, who discovered the kill-switch that finally resolved WannaCry, will face up to 10 years in jail and up to $500,000 in fines.
Atari VCS to use AMD Ryzen Embedded R1000 SoC, still has no firm release date
Atari announced this week that the Atari VCS would switch to an AMD Ryzen Embedded R1000 APU, officially ditching the Bristol Ridge A10 it had planned to use last year. While the R1000 will bring better performance and support for modern features (like 4K video playback), it brings a heavy negative to the effervescent console - delays.
Sony confirms PlayStation 5 specifications: 7 nm Zen 2 CPU, Navi GPU, 8K, 3D audio, and more
Mark Cerny, lead architect behind the PlayStation 4, has confirmed several details about the specifications of Sony's next-generation console. The PlayStation 5, as it is rumored to be called, will run on an AMD APU consisting of a 7 nm Zen 2-based CPU and a Navi-based GPU that will support real-time ray tracing and 8K resolutions. The PS5 will also include a lightning-fast SSD that should drastically cut down on load time.
Apple betting big on Arcade subscription service, has reportedly poured US $500 million into project
Apple is throwing US $500 million behind its upcoming Arcade gaming subscription service, according to a report by Financial Times. The service could be a big payoff for Apple; devs that release games via Arcade will be bound to a period of exclusivity before they can release their game on other non-mobile platforms. That means Arcade may be the only place gamers can access certain Indie titles, some of which may provide unique and fun experiences.
VAIO releases A12 2-in-1 in Europe
The VAIO A12 is the latest convertible laptop from the Japanese OEM. The A12 offers a bevy of ports and decent specifications, but the high price (€2300/£2000) may be prohibitive to many consumers. The VAIO A12 is available in Europe and the United Kingdom.
Purism partners with Private Internet Access to develop a tracker-free VPN for PureOS and Librem 5 smartphone
In a new partnership announced today, Purism and Private Internet Access (PIA) have announced that the companies will develop a specialized VPN service for the Librem 13 and Librem 15 laptops as well as the Librem 5 smartphone. The VPN will be backed into PureOS and the Librem 5 out-of-the-box and aims to continue both Purism's and PIA's mission of protecting user data and privacy.
Run Android apps on a Linux Desktop with SPURV
SPURV is a new project by Collabora, an open source software development and integration company. SPURV can run a full instance of Android in a container, allowing the mobile OS to directly access system hardware and run apps natively on a Linux system. The process essentially runs two operating systems on a machine at the same time and can be quite resource intensive.
Dell Latitude 7424 Rugged Extreme (i7-8650U, RX540) Laptop Review
The Latitude 7424 Rugged Extreme is an absolute tank. The Latitude 7424 wraps a competent computer in a dust-tight and water-resistant shell that can take a beating without much fuss. However, this durability comes at a high cost - weight and size.
Asus releases patch to fix Operation ShadowHammer vulnerability in Live Update Utility
In response to the massive media attention around Operation ShadowHammer yesterday, Asus has released a fix for the affected software (Asus Live Update Utility) to patch the security holes used in the attack. The company also released a tool that allows users to check their systems for any traces of the malware. Links to both the online tool and instructions on updating the Live Update Utility are included below.
Operation ShadowHammer: Tens of thousands of computers had a security backdoor installed via Asus' Live Update Utility
Kaspersky Labs earlier today wrote about an attack they discovered in January that compromised Asus' Live Update Utility. The attack affected 57,000 Kaspersky customers and may have hit as many as 500,000 computers around the world. Dubbed "Operation ShadowHammer," the attack injected a Trojan into the Live Update Utility and used authentic Asus software certificates to install itself onto targeted systems.
In plain sight: Hundreds of millions of Facebook user passwords were stored in plain text
Due to a security oversight made by some Facebook employees, certain Facebook apps have been inadvertently logging user passwords as plain text on internal company servers. While still secured against outside intrusion, between 200 and 600 million user passwords were visible and searchable by about 20,000 employees at Facebook.
Amazon updates base-level Kindle eReader with a front light (and a higher price)
Amazon debuted a new version of their entry-level Kindle eReader with four front lights. The new eReader is the cheapest electronic book with a light, coming in at $90. This is $10 more than the previous base-level Kindle. Other than the front lights, not much has changed from earlier Kindles.
Dell Latitude 5420 Rugged (i7-8650U, AMD RX 540) Laptop Review
Rugged Notebooks aren't known for their svelte profiles, but the Dell Latitude 5420 Rugged tries to trim things down while maintaining the durability of the Latitude Rugged line. While there are some sacrifices compared to other rugged laptops, the Latitude 5420 Rugged is an overall convincing machine.
Kingston introduces DC500R and DC500M, two new SATA SSDs aimed at the enterprise market
Kingston has just announced two new lines of enterprise-grade SATA SSDs. The drives offer similar features of other enterprise-level flash storage solutions, including ECC, onboard power loss protection, and more. Compared to other enterprise solutions, Kingston's drives are competitive and look to be aimed at smaller cloud service providers.
Best of MWC19
Another year, another Mobile World Congress. In this article, we look at the good, the bad, and the ugly of this year's MWC and discuss the devices we're excited to see and those that left us less than impressed.
Latest PlayStation 4 update brings Remote Play support to iOS devices
Thanks to the latest update for the PlayStation 4 and the addition of an officially supported app in the Apple App Store, the PS4's Remote Play is now available on compatible iOS devices. However, since iOS doesn't natively support the PS4's DualShock 4 controllers, gamers will have to resort to on-screen controls or a supported third-party solution.
Ghidra, the NSA's homegrown decompiler tool, is now open source
Ghidra, the NSA's own reverse-engineering software, is now open source and freely available for download. The Agency voluntarily open-sourced the decompiler in an effort to benefit the cybersecurity community. Ghidra is a software decompiler that allows users to more easily see how a computer executes a program and is finely-tuned to be more user-friendly.
The F(x)tec Pro 1 brings slide-out keyboards back to smartphones
The F(x)tec Pro 1 is a modern take on the slide-out keyboard that was once so common on Android phones. While the physical keyboard is quite unique, the phone is running on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835, a two-year-old SoC. The F(x)tec Pro 1 is expected to launch in July for US $650, but pre-orders are open now.
New Dune games on the horizon
At least three new games based on Frank Herbert's sci-fi epic Dune will be making their way to consoles and PC over the next six years. Funcom, the developer behind Conan Exiles and Conan Unconquered, has signed a contract with Legendary Studios to build at least three new Dune games. Exact details are still spotty, but rumor has it that Funcom is currently working on an open-world multiplayer Dune game.
Nokia introduces three new budget phones: Nokia 4.2, Nokia 3.2, and Nokia 1 Plus
Nokia announced three new budget phones at MWC. The Nokia 1 Plus, Nokia 3.2, and Nokia 4.2 are decidedly low-end but are priced accordingly, coming in at US $99, $140, and $170, respectively. The phones will all ship with Android 9.0 Pie and will be a part of the Android One initiative, meaning they will receive software and security updates for at least two years.
Capcom to bring three classic Resident Evil games to Nintendo Switch on May 21
Capcom announced that they will bring three classic Resident Evil games to the Nintendo Switch eShop. Resident Evil Zero, Resident Evil 1 (the Gamecube remake), and Resident Evil 4 will be available on Nintendo's mobile console May 21 with pre-orders opening February 28.
MicroSD cards are getting faster and bigger
Western Digital and Micron both announced 1 TB microSD cards earlier today. At 1 TB, these will be the largest microSD cards upon release later this year. Additionally, the SD Association announced SD Express, a new protocol that will be part of the upcoming SD 7.1 specification. SD Express promises to bring transfer rates of 985 MB/s to SD cards and microSD cards, although there is no word on when the standard will be released.
Lenovo Yoga Chromebook C630 Convertible Review
Chromebooks are known for their affordability and ease of use. Lenovo is changing the paradigm with the Yoga Chromebook C630, a relatively expensive Chrome OS device that brings 4K to Chromebooks. The C630 packs a lot of power, but some compromises on usability and price ultimately hold the device back.
ZOTAC announces compact ZOTAC GAMING GeForce GTX 1660 Ti and 1660 Ti AMP
UPDATE: Newegg has the ZOTAC GAMING GeForce GTX 1660 Ti and 1660 Ti AMP listed for US $279.99 and $289.99, respectively. The listings have detailed information on the cards' specifications. ZOTAC announced its take on the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti today in the form of two new graphics cards. The ZOTAC GAMING GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is a relatively compact card (145 mm or 5.71 inches) that ZOTAC claims can fit into 99% of systems available today. The ZOTAC GAMING GeForce GTX 1660 Ti AMP is a fair bit larger (209.6 mm or 8.3 inches) but has larger fans and will be factory overclocked. ZOTAC has yet to announce pricing and availability.
Bowser takes over Nintendo: Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime to retire, Doug Bowser named as new President
Reggie Fils-Aime, President and COO of Nintendo of America, announced that he will retire from the company on April 15. Doug Bowser, currently the Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, will step up as the new President upon Fils-Aime's retirement. Fils-Aime oversaw one of the most successful periods of Nintendo's life and managed the launches of the Nintendo DS, 3DS, Wii, and Switch.
Samsung Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+ now official
The Samsung Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ are now official and boast quite the feature set. We've known about most of these features thanks to the bevy of rumors and leaks that have been floating around the Internet for months, but the devices look to be respectable upgrades over the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. Both phones feature triple-camera setups, in-display fingerprint sensor, and reverse wireless charging, among others. However, the phones come with a hefty price tag, starting at $900 and $1000, respectively.
Logitech to bring back "legendary" Logitech G MX518 gaming mouse
Logitech announced today that it will reboot the classic Logitech G MX518 gaming mouse. Hailed in its day as one of the best gaming mice available, the MX518 is fondly remembered by many for its comfortable shape, fast reporting rates, and good button layout. The 2019 MX518 will use the same shell as its older brother, but Logitech will include a new 16,000 DPI sensor and a 32-bit ARM processor in the new mouse. Users will also be able to rebind all buttons on the mouse and save profiles to the mouse itself.
Google to hold event at GDC next month, possibly related to its Project Stream game streaming service
Google announced today that it would be holding a special event at the Game Developer Conference (GDC) next month on March 19th. The announcement offers few details, but many are guessing that Google will announce something related to Project Stream, the search giant's in-browser game streaming service. Google has been working on Project Stream for months and might be developing the service to compete with the likes of Nvidia, Sony, Microsoft, and Amazon.
Polish retailer X-Kom briefly sold PS4 thumbstick covers and Fallout 76 bundle for US $5
Polish e-retailer X-Kom ran a promotion this past weekend that offered a free copy of Fallout 76 with four sets of PlayStation 4 thumbstick covers, all for POL 19 zl (~US $5). This discount is not out of the norm for retailers selling Fallout 76, a title that has had trouble selling copies and satisfying gamers.
Real-life image of Samsung Galaxy A50 confirms triple-camera setup, 3D glossy plastic chassis
A real-life image of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy A50 confirms that the mid-range phone will feature a fairly robust triple-camera setup. Considering the phone will be powered by Samsung's Exynos 7 9610, which is designed with a focus on image processing, the Galaxy A50 may be able to produce stunning photos for a mid-range phone.
Razer to shut down Razer Game Store February 28th, 10 months after it opened
Razer is shutting down the Razer Game Store, its own online retail space for PC games. The store will close in the early morning of February 28th. Any games purchased through the Razer Game Store will continue to work, though keys purchased via the store will need to be redeemed before the end of February. Additionally, Razer will honor any pre-orders made through the Game Store and will continue its Razer Gold and Razer Silver rewards programs.
The Verge issues copyright claims against multiple YouTube videos criticizing its infamous PC build video
Vox Media, the parent company of tech news outlet The Verge, has issued multiple copyright claims on videos criticizing its widely maligned PC building tutorial video. Using YouTube's copyright claim system, Vox lodged copyright strikes against several different channels that made criticism or parody videos of the tutorial. YouTube issued a copyright strike against some of the channels in question before reversing the decision, citing fair use under the DMCA.
Evan Blass reveals leaked renders of LG G8 ThinQ, confirming earlier renders from XDA
New renders posted by renowned leaker Evan Blass (@evleaks) on Twitter all but confirm the LG G8 ThinQ's design. These renders match those posted on the XDA Developers forum last month. Sadly, that means the G8 ThinQ will look almost identical to the G7 ThinQ. At least it still has a headphone jack.
Walmart slashes price on PlayStation Classic down to $40
Despite its critical and commercial failure, the PlayStation Classic may be an attractive retro gaming device, especially given Walmart's latest price cut. The PlayStation Classic can be found at Walmart for a mere $40, 60% less than its original retail price. Additionally, those willing to hack or modify their PlayStation Classic may find the mini-console to be a suitable emulation box.
The Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 XL Lite have official model numbers, are headed to India
Google's rumored mid-range phones, the Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 XL Lite, have received official model numbers, lending further validity to their impending release. Better still, sources are reporting that the devices will also launch in the India market, likely below INR 40,000.
Acer resurrects the Chromebase with two new Chrome OS AiO desktops
Chromebases may have fallen out of fashion years ago, but Acer is reviving the Chrome OS form factor with the Chromebase 24I2 and 24V2, two business-centric Chrome OS all-in-one desktops. Both devices will feature 24-inch Full HD touch displays, Intel 8th generation Core CPUs, and plenty of ports and hardware to support teleconferencing, business work, and more.
Pine64 will have a busy 2019 thanks to the release of its new Linux laptop and tablet
Pine64, the organization behind the Pine A64 SBC and Pinebook, is planning to release a new Linux-based laptop and a new tablet. Dubbed the Pinebook Pro and PineTab, respectively, the two devices aim to offer an open-source computing experience at a low price. The Pinebook Pro is priced at US $199 while the PineTab is priced at US $79.
The Wii Shop Channel officially shut down today, nailing the Wii's coffin shut
The Wii Shop Channel finally closed its doors today, marking the end of Nintendo's first digital distribution platform. The Shop Channel was home to the Virtual Console, Nintendo's massively successful digital storefront that housed a myriad of retro titles. The Shop Channel's closure also sounds the final death knell of Nintendo's most popular non-handheld console, the Wii.
Taiwanese manufacturers are expecting an increase in OLED production and demand
As the demand for OLED displays continues to grow, Taiwanese manufacturers are stepping up to the plate and adjusting their business structures for increased production. Many companies, such as AU Optronics and Novatek Microelectronics, are expecting a massive boom in OLED sales and are more than willing to provide the necessary supply.
iOS 12.1.3 may break WiFi in addition to cellular connectivity
The iPhone has had a bumpy couple of months. iOS 12.1.2, released last month, broke cellular connectivity for some users. The problem got so bad that Sprint issued a warning to its customers to wait on updating. There doesn't seem to be any relief in sight; not only does iOS 12.1.3 not bring a fix for the cellular issues, but the latest update has actually broken WiFi for several users in addition to cellular connectivity.
Acer TravelMate X3410 (i7-8550U, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD) Laptop Review
In typical Acer fashion, the TravelMate X3410 presents a lower-cost alternative to other popular business laptops. While there are some compromises in terms of case design, keyboard quality, and performance, the overall package presents a decent second-choice for those on a budget.
Unity develops video game to test AI; offers $100,000 in total prizes to developers that can beat it
Artificial Intelligence is getting better, but can humans stay ahead of the machines? Unity thinks so and is offering $100,000 in prizes to any developers that can code an AI to beat Obstacle Tower, a new game designed to specifically test AIs. The game features procedurally generated levels that change with each playthrough, presenting a major challenge for programs that thrive on repetition.
Development on Metroid Prime 4 to be restarted with veteran developer Retro Studios at the helm
Nintendo has been mum on the development of Metroid Prime 4 since its announcement at E3 2017, but it looks like development has not been going well. In a video announcement, Shinya Takahashi stated that Nintendo has decided to restart development of Metroid Prime 4 and hand over the reins to Retro Studios, the development house behind the first three Metroid Prime games.
The winner of the next console generation? AMD
A new leak has named the rumored AMD APU that will power the next generation consoles as Gonzalo. Many speculate that the Gonzalo APU will be used in both the PlayStation 5 (PS5) and next-generation Xbox (Xbox Scarlett). The APU will be built on a 7 nm Zen 2 CPU and a Navi-based GPU. These rumors fortify the belief that AMD will once again be the sole CPU and GPU manufacturer for the major players of the next console generation. As such, AMD stands to enjoy continued financial success from the console market.
Dell Inspiron 7486 Chromebook 14 2-in-1 Convertible Review
The Dell Inspiron 7486 Chromebook 14 2-in-1 is a well-built, well-designed Chromebook. Thanks to its Intel Core i3-8130U CPU and gorgeous 14-inch FHD display with pen support, the Inspiron 7486 Chromebook may be the best alternative to the Pixelbook on the market.
Samsung's upcoming SM-T515 tablet makes an appearance on Geekbench, Exynos 7885 in tow
Samsung's upcoming SM-T515 tablet showed up on Geekbench earlier today with a score competitive with other mid-range Android devices. The tablet will use Samsung's Exynos 7885 SoC and 2 GB of RAM. The tablet will run Android 9.0 Pie out of the box, but other details (like size) are still unknown. The tablet is expected to make a debut at MWC 2019.
Lexar announces first commercially available 1 TB SD card
The Lexar Professional 633x SD card, announced at CES earlier today, is the largest capacity SD card available to date at a whopping 1 TB. Despite its large size, the card is somewhat disappointing in performance; the 633x is rated at 95 MB/s write and 70 MB/s read. It also supports VSC Class 30, which means it should hit at least 30 MB/s when recording video. This should be adequate for 4K footage, but higher bitrates and higher resolutions may suffer.
Lenovo encourages gamers to "go beast mode" with the Legion Y740 gaming laptop
Lenovo aims to become more competitive in the mobile gaming market with the Legion Y740, the company's latest flagship gaming laptop. The Y740 comes in two sizes, a 15-inch and a 17-inch model. Both variants sport Intel's 8th generation H-series CPUs, up to 32 GB of DDR4 RAM, and up to a 512 GB PCIe SSD / 512 GB SATA SSD or 2 TB HDD combo. The 15-inch model will come with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, while the 17-inch model gets the powerful GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q. The Legion Y740 is expected to be available next month for $1750 (15-inch) or $1980 (17-inch).
Lenovo's Legion Y44w and Legion Y27gq monitors boast 144 Hz and 240 Hz refresh rates, respectively
Lenovo's latest gaming monitors are beasts that boast high refresh rates. The Legion Y44w is a massive 43.6-inch Ultrawide (3840x1200, 32:10) FreeSync monitor with a 144 Hz refresh rate. The Legion Y27gq is a 27-inch QHD (2560x1440, 16:9) G-Sync display with a blazing fast 240 Hz refresh rate.
Samsung's Micro LED display tech allows you to build a TV that may rival OLED with none of the drawbacks
Samsung's Micro LED TVs made another appearance at CES 2019. The technology has come far enough to allow for various display sizes thanks to the modular panels housing the Micro LEDs. Additionally, Samsung is claiming that Micro LED (MLED) displays will have the same deep colors and high contrast of OLED displays without the burn-in worries that come with OLED. Initial impressions for MLED TVs are good, but Samsung says that the technology won't be ready for consumers for several years.
Razer unveils the Raptor 27, a near-bezeless 27-inch 144 Hz monitor
The Razer Raptor 27 is the gaming company's entry into the gaming laptop market. The 27-inch 1440p monitor boasts a quick 144 Hz refresh rate, response times as low as 1 ms, and a bright (420 nit) HDR400 certified IPS panel. The monitor will ship with flat acid green cables tailor-made for the display's cable management system.
AT&T's 5G speeds may not be much faster than 4G LTE
If user tests are to be believed, the initial rollout of AT&T's 5G home internet network may be disappointing to most. Download and upload speeds aren't much better than those on 4G LTE. These tests raise concerns about the viability of 5G in its current state. Numerous problems associated with wavelength penetration and power draw may not be worth the cost if the performance increase for 5G is this marginal.
Acer's new TravelMate X3410 business laptop is now available starting at $900
Acer's newest business laptop, the TravelMate X3410, is now available. Starting at US $900, the TravelMate X3410 is a thin-and-light business notebook powered by Intel's 8th generation U-series CPUs. As is the norm for business laptops, there are a bevy of ports and configuration options.
The new year is here, Apple's AirPower wireless charging mat is not
2018 has come and gone and with it the promise of an Apple-made wireless charging pad. Announced back at the 2017 iPhone X event, Apple's AirPower wireless charging mat is still MIA. At that event, Apple promised a 2018 release. However, the company has silently removed all references of AirPower from its website and hasn't said a word about the product since its 2017 announcement.
Promo video of the Nokia 9 PureView reveals full specifications of HMD's penta-lens smartphone
A new promo video of the Nokia 9 PureView details the upcoming smartphone's specifications. In addition to the headline-grabbing five-camera setup on the back, the Nokia 9 PureView will sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, 6 GB of RAM, and 128 GB of storage. The Nokia 9 will be an Android One phone and should receive support from Google for the next two years.
At least 20 popular Android apps are still sending user data to Facebook without consent, study finds
A recent study by Privacy International found that at least 20 Android apps with install bases in excess of 10 million users automatically send user data to Facebook within one second of opening. This data is sent without user knowledge or user consent and ranges from innocuous to personal. This practice obviously raises some questions of legality, although it is difficult to say who is to blame for the violation of user privacy.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is getting an Unreal Engine 4 remake from a dedicated fan
A dedicated fan of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time has spent the past few years working on a remake of the classic title in Unreal Engine 4. He recently released a demo of the first village and dungeon, and the results are stunning. The fan, known as CryZENx, has said that he will continue working on the project throughout 2019.
Intel's new Coffee Lake Refresh CPUs (i9-9900KF, i7-9700KF, i5-9600KF, i5-9400F) briefly listed on major retailers' sites
Listings on Newegg, Data-Systems.fi, and Synnex (now taken down) detailed new Coffee Lake Refresh CPUs. Intel has yet to officially announce any new 9th-gen CPUs, but these listings give a good idea of what to expect from the Core i9-9900KF, Core i7-9700KF, Core i5-9600KF, and Core i5-9400F.
Citi Research cuts estimate for Q1 production of iPhone XS Max by half
Citing predictions that the 2018 iPhone line may soon enter a destocking phase, Citi Research cut production estimates for the iPhone XR, iPhone Xs, and iPhone Xs Max by a collective 10% (50 million to 45 million). Most of this cut was driven by lowered expectations of the iPhone Xs Max; Citi Research estimates Apple will produce only half as many iPhone Xs Max units as previously predicted.
Lenovo Chromebook C330 Laptop Review
The Lenovo Chromebook C330 is one of the most balanced Chromebooks to cross our review desk. While there are some weak points (notably the keyboard and port selection), these are minor flaws in an otherwise excellent package.
Classic PC title Lemmings is marching onto mobile
Lemmings, the classic PC puzzler, has launched on iOS and Android. The smartphone port retains many of the gameplay elements of the original, but controls and level design have been optimized for mobile gaming. The levels themselves will be procedurally generated, but there will (sadly) be a variety of in-app purchases.
Microsoft issues patch for Internet Explorer vulnerability found by Google
Microsoft has issued a patch to fix a day-zero security flaw in Internet Explorer that affected a myriad of versions and systems. The flaw, which affected IE's scripting engine and how it handles memory, could allow attackers to break into a targeted system and assume full control. Attackers could then view and edit data, install programs, and create administrator accounts. Google alerted Microsoft to the vulnerability earlier this month.
Demo Google Stream for an hour, get Assassin's Creed Odyssey for free
Have an hour to kill and want a free copy of Assassin's Creed Odyssey? Google is giving a digital copy of the game to users who demo Project Stream, the search giant's venture into the world of online game streaming services. Project Stream is currently an invite-only program, but its free to sign up. If you can log an hour of gameplay before January 15th, Google will send you a download code for Assassin's Creed Odyssey via Ubisoft's Uplay service.
Purism Librem 13 v3 Laptop Review
The Librem 13 is a privacy-focused Linux laptop from Purism, a boutique Linux OEM. While the device looks beautiful at first glance, software limitations and hardware bugs cripple the laptop and keep us from recommending it.
Discord does Epic one better, will offer 90% revenue to developers on the Discord Store
Discord, the popular communication client, has announced that they will begin a 90/10 revenue share scheme for the Discord store in 2019. This will give 90% of all revenue from game sales on the Discord store to the game developer while Discord keeps the remaining 10%. This is quite a shift from the typical 70/30 sharing scheme and a step further than Epic's 88/12 share.
Qualcomm goes for the throat, asks China to ban sales of iPhone Xs, Xs Max, and XR
Despite winning a victory against Apple earlier this week, Qualcomm is continuing to pressure the iPhone manufacturer in China. Qualcomm is petitioning Chinese courts to expand the ban of iPhone sales to include the iPhone XR, Xs, and Xs Max. However, Apple is claiming that these devices should not be included in the initial ban as they run iOS 12. Chinese courts have yet to make a decision.
Google will kill Google+ sooner due to bug that exposed data of 52.5 million users
A recent software update to a Google+ API left some data of 52.5 million users exposed and available to app developers. The data included rudimentary user information, including names and birth dates. As a response, Google has moved up Google+'s kill date from August 2019 to April 2019, four months sooner than previously announced.
No, the Galaxy S10 will not ship with a cryptocurrency "cold wallet"
Contrary to news circulating earlier today, Samsung has confirmed that rumors of the Galaxy S10 including a cryptocurrency cold wallet are merely speculation. The rumors stem from EU trademark filings made by Samsung earlier this month related to blockchain-based technology. This news is a stark reminder to never take a rumor as anything more than a guess.
Eye health in the electronic age
In the modern world, our eyes are constantly bombarded with information from displays. Whether it be from a laptop, smartphone, or some other device, many of us spend a significant portion of our day staring at some kind of display. As such, it is paramount that we should understand the strain placed on our vision and some steps we can take to improve and protect the health of our eyes.
Despite continued struggles, Apple says iPhone XR is "most popular iPhone" since its launch
Apple became the world's first trillion dollar company this past August. Since then, the Cupertino giant has struggled to hit sales targets for its latest iPhone family. Despite this, Apple VP of product marketing Greg Joswiak said that the iPhone XR has been "the most popular iPhone" since its launch. However, "most popular" does not mean "selling well."
DriveSavers can now recover data from locked smartphones for a mere $3,900
DriveSavers, one of the world's leading data recovery companies, now offers a service for unlocking smartphones and tablets that have a locked passcode, including iPhones and iPads. DriveSavers claims to be the only company that offers this level of device unlocking and data recovery outside of law enforcement, but the service costs a staggering US$3900.
Apple cuts iPhone supplier orders for a second time this month
Apple has reportedly reduced orders from iPhone component suppliers again. According to DigiTimes, a "second wave" of order cuts is beginning to bring pain to some Taiwanese manufacturers. Apple is continuing to blame poor sales of the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR for the order reductions.
Moto G7 Play passes through FCC, confirming Snapdragon 632 and massive notch (as well as everything else about the phone)
The FCC just posted every piece of information you could want to know about the Moto G7 Play. There's some good (like the Snapdragon 632 processor), some bad (like the smaller 2820 mAh battery), and some confusing (like the large notch in the display).
First CAD-based renders of Sony Xperia XZ4 surface: No notch, three rear cameras
Renders based on leaked information of the Sony Xperia XZ4 have surfaced, courtesy of Steve Hemmerstoffer (@OnLeaks) and MySmartPrice. The renders show some notable design shifts, such as a flat front display, a triple-camera setup on the back, and a fingerprint sensor integrated into the power button on the side. Note that these renders are based on rumors and leaks and should be taken as such.
The North American PlayStation Classic will use PAL version of some titles
In a blog post released earlier today, Sony revealed that it would be using the PAL version of nine titles on the PlayStation Classic. The PAL versions will be included in the North American PlayStation Classic as well. Considering that North America televisions operate on the NTSC standard, the format difference could cause these games playing at different speeds or glitch out, rendering them unplayable.
AMD's Zen 2 "Rome" EPYC CPUs may double L3 cache per CCX for a total of 256 MB
A recent entry in SiSoftware's SANDRA database lists AMD's upcoming "Rome" EPYC CPU with double the L3 cache as prior Zen CPUs. Detailed as "16 x 16 MB L3," this would put total L3 cache for Rome at 256 MB across its 64 cores, utterly trouncing Intel's forthcoming Cascade Lake CPUs. However, this is still a rumor and should be treated as such.
Two weeks ahead of release, a full copy of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has been leaked
A group known for Nintendo Switch piracy has obtained and distributed a full file dump of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, set to release in two weeks on December 7th. While early game leaks are not uncommon, a leak this far in advance is quite unusual, especially a leak of a game as hotly anticipated as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Apple heads to U.S. Supreme Court to argue against App Store monopoly lawsuit
Apple will appear before the U.S. Supreme Court today to argue that a lawsuit brought against it is invalid. Apple claims that the lawsuit, which alleges that the iOS App Store creates a monopoly for the company, could only be brought by app developers, not the end users. If Apple is successful, then the case will be dismissed. Otherwise, Apple could be taken to court for potentially monopolistic practices.
Intel may be working on a 10-core Comet Lake-S desktop CPU
According to a Taiwanese forum thread that claims to have information from an inside partner meeting, Intel may be developing a 10-core consumer-grade CPU in the Comet Lake-S family. The CPU would be built on the 14 nm process and may use a dual-ring bus design, implying that the CPU will split cores between two dies.
LinkedIn used 18 million non-user emails to buy targeted ads on Facebook
In a report published by the Irish Data Protection Commissioner (DPC), it was revealed that LinkedIn has been using 18 million non-user emails to generate targeted ads on Facebook. It was also shown that LinkedIn has been using the personal data of its users to automatically build professional networks.
Pokémon: Let's Go runs on Yuzu Nintendo Switch emulator... sort of
Some innovative gamers have gotten Pokémon: Let's Go to boot and run on the Nintendo Switch emulator Yuzu. Despite the game only being a week old, it is somewhat playable, although there are numerous glitches and oddities. The framerate is highly inconsistent and the audio is a mess, but the fact that a week old game is playable via emulation is impressive.
AMD commits to better support for Ryzen Mobile graphics drivers in 2019, hands off responsibility to OEMs
AMD posted a response to a common complaint from Ryzen-based laptop users on Reddit earlier this week, stating that the company would better support graphics drivers for Ryzen laptops starting in 2019. However, AMD plans to work with laptop OEMs and depend on them to release device-specific graphics drivers twice a year. The response garnered further criticisms of what many see as a lazy blame-shifting solution.
Stardew Valley raked in over $1 million in its first month on iOS
Stardew Valley is a bonafide hit, and the success keeps rolling in. In its first three weeks on iOS, the game brought in over $1 million in revenue. In total, Stardew Valley has sold over 4.6 million copies, although it's likely sold many, many more.
Shenmue 3 wraps up crowdfunding with $7.1 million in tow
Three years after it began, crowdfunding for the highly-anticipated Shenmue 3 has finally closed. After the initial Kickstarter raised $6.3 million in 2015, Yu Suzuki (the mind behind Shenmue) opted to re-open the Kickstarter and accept payments via Paypal. This garnered an additional $850,000, bringing the crowdfunding total to about $7.17 million.
Pokémon: Let's Go sells 3 million copies in its first week, becomes fastest selling Switch game ever
Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! are now the fastest selling Nintendo Switch titles, having sold over 3 million copies in their first week of release. While the titles have outsold Switch champions like Super Mario Odyssey and Breath of the Wild, they have a bit more ground to cover to join the success of other Pokémon titles.
Fallout 76 is getting nuked by reviewers and gamers
Fallout 76 is getting hammered by critics and gamers alike. In its first week after release, the game has fallen close to the bottom of Metacritic's ratings. The PC version currently has a Metascore of 55, while the PS4 and Xbox One have Metascores of 49 and 48, respectively. All three versions have failed even harder with gamers; user scores across the three platforms sit at about 2.4-2.9.
Razer is slicing $300 off its first edition Razer Phone this weekend
Razer has opened its subscriber sale to all comers through this weekend. Deals include the original Razer Phone for $300 off ($400 total price) and the Razer Blade Pro 17 (7700HQ, 1060, FHD) for $500 off ($1800 total price).
Kodi 18 "Leia" release candidate now available for download
Kodi 18 has been in development for two years, and the first release candidate (RC 1) is finally available. Although it is still technically a beta version, RC 1 will be reflective of the final release. There are several new features, including better Android TV support, a 64-bit version for Windows, and a new gaming section with support for emulators.
Atari Gameband officially cancelled; Kickstarter backers may not receive refund
The Gameband, formerly known as the Atari Gameband, looked like a promising gaming-focused smartwatch during its successful Kickstarter campaign last year. Despite raising a total of $500,000 between Kickstarter backers and other investors, the Gameband has officially been killed. Worst of all, backers may never receive a refund
Project Fi is heavily discounting Pixel, Moto, and LG phones for Black Friday
Project Fi is offering some good sales for Black Friday on compatible LG, Moto, and Pixel smartphones. Buyers can nab a Pixel 3 for $599 with a $200 Fi service credit, an LG G7 ThinQ for $349, or a Moto G6 for $99 with a valid activation. There are a few other devices with discounts through the Project Fi shop, available now through November 27th.
Beleaguered Windows 10 1809 update breaks audio playback for some Intel display drivers
The latest issue in the growing string of problems with the Windows 10 1809 update affects devices using certain versions of Intel's display drivers. The Windows 10 October update breaks audio playback through monitors or TVs connected via versions 220.127.116.1144 and 18.104.22.16845 of Intel's display driver.
Google is using the Honor Play to test Fuchsia OS
A commit posted to Fuchsia's source code management hub last night showed that a Huawei engineer was able to boot the Fuchsia kernel (Zircon) on the Honor Play. This commit hints at many things, mainly that Fuchsia development is continuing strong and Google has partnered with Huawei to continue work on Fuchsia, perhaps to bring the OS to consumer smartphones.
Steam's Autumn Sale is going on until November 27th
Steam's Autumn Sale is on now until November 27th at 10 AM PST. Thousands of titles are on sale, including many big games from this year and 2017. Valve is also clearing out stock of its Steam Link streaming box, which is currently on sale for $2.50. Check out the entire catalog of games on sale over at the Steam Store this week.
Chinese government accuses Samsung, Micron, and SK Hynix of fixing DRAM prices
Chinese officials, citing "massive evidence," have accused Samsung, Micron, and SK Hynix of colluding and fixing the price of DRAM. If the allegations are true, the three largest DRAM manufacturers in the world would be directly responsible for the massive price increase for DRAM over the past few years. This isn't the first time these three companies have been accused of price-fixing. Back in 2005, all three pled guilty to similar charges levied by the US Department of Justice.
Valve to discontinue Steam Link once current supply sells out
Valve quietly announced that once physical stock of the Steam Link streaming device sells out, they will no longer sell physical units. Instead, Valve will shift focus and support to the Steam Link mobile app, currently only available for Android. While the reasons for the discontinuation aren't entirely clear, it's likely that the Steam Link is no longer selling enough to warrant continued support.
Samsung's upcoming Galaxy M20 mid-range smartphone spotted on Geekbench
A recent listing on Geekbench details an upcoming Samsung device. The Samsung SM-M205F, otherwise known as the Galaxy M20, will likely be the first entry in Samsung's new mid-range Galaxy M line. Sporting an Exynos 7885 SoC and 3 GB of RAM, the Galaxy M20 looks poised to supplant the aging Galaxy J line.
IBM's Watson explores its inner artist by writing a commercial for Lexus
Another industry may soon be replaced by robots - IBM's Watson AI scripted a 60-second commercial for luxury car brand Lexus. Watson was fed 15 years worth of award-winning commercials and was able to outline and script the basis of the commercial. After a bit of editing by IBM researchers, Oscar-winning director Kevin Macdonald shot the commercial after being convinced by the "melodrama of the story."
Motorola "Odin" may be Moto Z4 with Snapdragon 8150 and 5G Moto Mod support, according to inside source
Citing an insider source, XDA Developers has shared knowledge about an upcoming Motorola smartphone dubbed "Odin." The device will sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8150 and will continue support for Moto Mods, including the 5G Moto Mod. While these details point to a flagship device, possibly the Moto Z4, other supposed specifications sound more in line with a mid-range handset.
Oppo may be developing its own foldable smartphone
After all the buzz Samsung's upcoming Galaxy F foldable smartphone has generated, rival OEMs are taking notice of the new form factor. One of these rivals, Oppo, recently filed a foldable smartphone design with the Chinese patent office SIPO. While a patent doesn't necessarily mean that a device is coming, it does show that Oppo is considering the idea of a foldable smartphone.
Apple has cut production order for the iPhone XS and iPhone XR, according to suppliers
According to some of its suppliers, Apple has cut orders for both the iPhone XS and iPhone XR. Citing a weak Chinese market and a slowdown in smartphone demand, Apple has had to pare back its supply of the new iPhones, a move that will inevitably reduce sales in the short term.
T-Mobile phones may be moving to 3-year payment plans, starting with Black Friday deals
T-Mobile looks like it has some great deals on some of the best smartphones released this year. Handsets like the iPhone XR and Galaxy S9 can be had for free, but reading the fine print shows a few caveats. In addition to activating two new lines and trading in an eligible device, the phones are only free because of a bill credit that is granted over a 36-month period, which effectively locks consumers into a three-year contract.
Square Enix's Tetsuya Nomura: Final Fantasy VII Remake is "progressing favorably"
Tetsuya Nomura, the director of the upcoming Final Fantasy VII Remake, said in an interview with Famitsu that Square Enix was still working on the title and that development was "progressing favorably." He did mention that the company's marketing efforts were heavily focused on Kingdom Hearts III, which releases this January. After January 2019, Square Enix's PR team will likely shift its focus to Final Fantasy VII Remake.
Telltale's death knells continue to ring as the studio's games are pulled from Steam
As the studio winds up and begins liquidating assets, Telltale has apparently pulled some of its titles from Steam. Back to the Future and Jurassic Park (among others) are no longer available for purchase, though some of their bigger games like Game of Thrones can still be bought through Steam.
Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ retains the power of the Model B+ in a smaller, cheaper package
The $25 Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ is the latest single-board computer from the venerable Raspberry Pi Foundation. The Model A+ boasts the same CPU and wireless connectivity as its bigger brother, the Model B+, but shaves off some I/O for the sake of thinness. Notably missing are three out of four USB ports and the Ethernet jack.
Nintendo's Reggie Fils-Aime: Nintendo 64 Classic "not in our planning horizon"
In an interview with Kotaku, Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime all but extinguished hopes for an N64 Classic release any time in the near future. He explained that while the NES Classic and SNES Classic were wildly successful, they were intended to be bridges between the dying Wii U and burgeoning Switch. As such, Nintendo has no intention to pursue the retro mini console business.
Early Moto G7 Plus press renders show waterdrop notch, no physical home button
An early press render of the upcoming Moto G7 Plus show that Motorola may be redesigning their popular mid-range handset. The press render shows an almost all-display front with a waterdrop notch similar to the OnePlus 6T and very thin top and side bezels.
NYU researchers developed an AI that can imitate fingerprints to bypass biometric readers
In a paper presented at a biometric securities conference, a research team from NYU showed off a new algorithm for cracking fingerprint readers. The system, named "DeepMasterPrints," operates in similar fashion to a dictionary attack for passwords. DeepMasterPrints uses a library of fingerprint images and permutes them until it finds a match.
EA confirms Command & Conquer 4K remaster in the works
Good luck, commanders! EA announced today that Command & Conquer, the grandaddy of RTS games, will be getting a 4K remaster in the future. EA will work with Petroglyph Games, a studio founded by some of the original developers of C&C when Westwood Studios closed down.
Vega comes to the MacBook Pro: new models with Vega Pro 16 and Vega Pro 20 GPUs now available
Apple has released new models of the 15-inch MacBook Pro with AMD Radeon Pro Vega GPUs. The new MacBook Pros can be configured with either a Radeon Pro Vega 16 or Radeon Pro Vega 20. The new GPU option is only available for the most expensive 15-inch Macbook Pro and will start at US $3,049.
The modular Fairphone 2 gets updated... to Android 7.1 Nougat
The Fairphone 2 has finally received an update to Android 7.1 Nougat, a two-year-old version of the mobile OS. Considering the Fairphone 2's age and the slow rollout of supported software, the handset may be entering its end-of-life.
Google Chrome Labs unveils Squoosh, an open-source image compression tool that runs in your browser
Google Chrome Labs has just revealed Squoosh, an in-browser image compression tool that can use non-browser image codecs to compress images without much loss in quality. The app can also be run offline after it is loaded in a browser at least once. Squoosh is aimed at web designers that hope to reduce web page load times by using compressed images.
Ming-Chi Kuo cuts iPhone XR sales expectations by 30-35 percent
Noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has told investors to temper sales expectations for the iPhone XR. Citing trade disputes, consumer fatigue, and steep competition, Kuo has slashed sales expectations for the iPhone XR by 35% for 2018Q4 and 30% for 2019Q1 and 2019Q2.
Nintendo wins $12 million from ROM site LoveRoms
Nintendo has won $12 million in a settlement with LoveRoms.com and LoveRETRO.co, two ROM distribution sites it sued this past summer. The couple that operated the two sites admitted that they participated in copyright infringement and agreed to the $12 million judgement against them. While it's unlikely the couple will have to pay the full judgement, this ruling will surely send a message to other ROM sites that distribute ROMs of Nintendo games.
The Xbox One is (finally) getting keyboard and mouse support for a few select titles
Microsoft is making good on their September promise to bring mouse-and-keyboard input support to the Xbox One. Starting this Wednesday, November 14, select titles will receive updates that will allow them to be played with a mouse and a keyboard instead of a traditional controller. The first titles to receive the update will be Fortnite and Warframe. Microsoft will also partner with Razer to release "Designed for Xbox" branded mice-and-keyboard sets.
Facebook hopes to capture the youth vote with Lasso, a TikTok competitor
Lasso is a new short video sharing platform from Facebook designed to compete with TikTok. The new app, available now on iOS and Android, "makes it easy for anyone to create and share short videos with fun effects." Marketed at teens and young people, Lasso looks like the latest effort by Facebook to retain young users.
Fallout 76 requires a 54 GB day-one patch, which is bigger than the actual game
Want to play Fallout 76 when it comes out later this week? Be prepared to stare at a loading bar. The game comes with a mandatory day-one patch that is a massive 56 GB in size. This is in addition to the 45 GB base game, meaning that gamers will need about 100 GB of free space. This patch has only been confirmed for the PS4, but considering the game's buggy beta, the PC and Xbox One versions are likely to have similar day-one patches.
You will be able to transfer Pokemon from Pokemon GO to Pokemon Let's GO on the Switch
A feature in the latest Pokemon game, Pokemon Let's GO, may get you to load up your game of Pokemon GO on your smartphone. Pokemon that trainers have captured in Pokemon GO can be transferred to Pokemon Let's GO on the Switch. There are a few caveats, but almost every pokemon in Pokemon GO can be transferred.
CloudFlare releases an Android app to change your phone's DNS
CloudFlare has released a new app that will route your Android device's internet traffic through its local services, effectively changing your phone's DNS. While this may be a boon for privacy advocates that bemoan the lack of DNS server choice in Android 8.1 (and below), there are a few caveats. The biggest is that the app acts as a VPN, preventing users from accessing any other VPN at the same time.
Amazon will prevent unauthorized third-parties from selling Apple products through its online store
In a deal struck with Apple to begin selling the newest Apple products, Amazon has announced it will ban unauthorized third-party sellers from listing or selling Apple products through Amazon. While sellers can become an authorized Apple reseller, the qualifications are far out of reach for most small businesses. This move will inevitably kill many small businesses and Apple resellers that rely on Amazon as a storefront.
Microsoft will acquire Obisidian Entertainment, the minds behind Fallout: New Vegas
Microsoft announced that it would be acquiring both Obsidian Entertainment and inXile Entertainment today at X018, Microsoft's Xbox conference. Obsidian is perhaps best known for titles like Fallout: New Vegas and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2. Microsoft may be acquiring these studios to prop up the Xbox One's library of console exclusives.
YouTube comes to Nintendo Switch, but Nintendo continues bad history with video streaming
The Nintendo Switch finally got a YouTube app yesterday, bringing the world's most popular video streaming service to the console. However, Netflix and Amazon are still absent. The lack of video streaming services on the console is becoming a sticking point for some, especially considering that the Nintendo Wii, which is 12 years old, offers Netflix, Hulu, Amazon video, and YouTube.
The PlayStation Classic uses the PCSX ReARMed emulator
The upcoming PlayStation Classic has been found to use the open-source PCSX ReARMed emulator to run its games. The emulator has been developed by retro gaming enthusiasts, not Sony. It's curious that Sony opted to use an emulator rather than develop their own system for the retro console.
The MacBook Air Retina is slightly more repairable than Apple's other laptops
The team over at iFixIt has published a complete teardown of the new MacBook Air Retina. While soldered storage and an integrated keyboard count heavily against the device, new pull tabs under the battery and a separate logic board for the dual Thunderbolt 3 ports make some components easy (well, easier) to repair. Overall, the MacBook Air Retina scored a 3 out of 10 for repairability.
Samsung's Linux on DeX will let you run desktop Linux on your Android phone
Remember Samsung's DeX? While that program has so far been a failure, it had led to Linux on DeX, an exciting new feature for select Samsung Galaxy devices. Linux on DeX will allow users to load a full desktop Linux environment within an app container on their Android phone. After connecting their phone to an external monitor, users will be able to enjoy a full desktop Linux experience, all running off their Samsung Galaxy device.
New adapter from 8BitDo wirelessly connects a Gamecube controller to the Switch and Windows PCs
8BitDo has just released a wireless controller adapter for the Switch and Windows PCs. The GBros. Wireless Adapter for Switch allows gamers to connect Gamecube controllers, NES and SNES Classic controllers, and the Wii Classic controller to either the Nintendo Switch or a Windows device (running compatible software) wirelessly.
The last Nexus phones have received their last official OTA updates
Today marks the last official update for the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, the last phones in Google's storied Nexus line. While the phones haven't seen a software update since getting Android 8.1 Oreo in February 2018, the Nexus handsets have been receiving security updates every month, the last of which was pushed out today.
Android 9 Pie may be coming to the Razer Phone 2 soon
A recent posting on Geekbench's benchmark site shows a Razer Phone 2 running Android 9.0 Pie. This could mean that Razer is testing Android 9 on their latest handset and may be releasing an update soon. This would put the Razer Phone 2 in an elite class, as only a handful of other phones are running Android 9.
Apple has started selling refurbished iPhone 8 devices for $499
Apple's in-house refurbished store has started selling 64 GB iPhone 8 handsets for $499, $100 less than a new phone. Apple's refurbished iPhones are basically used internals that are cleaned and repaired, then placed into a new chassis with a new battery. Higher capacity iPhone 8 models and the iPhone 8 Plus should be available in the refurbished store soon.
Diablo Immortal announced by Blizzard, subsequently denounced by gamers
Diablo Immortal, the latest title in the storied Diablo franchise, has hit a wall of criticism. Many gamers are upset over the mobile-only release, claiming that the game is a cheap cash-in and a re-skin of another mobile game that developer NetEase released a while ago. Whether or not these claims are true, the game has drawn the ire of Diablo fans around the world.
Updating to watchOS 5.1 bricks some Apple Watches; Apple working on fix
Some Apple Watch Series 4 users have reported that updating their wearable to watchOS 5.1 bricked their device. After rebooting the Watch when installing the update, the device would freeze on the Apple logo and become unresponsive. Apple has since pulled the update and is working on a fix. In the meantime, affected users have been instructed to contact AppleCare for assistance.
Snapchat sues Instagram influencer for not promoting Snapchat Spectacles
After failing to fulfill a contract with Snapchat's PR firm, PR Consultants (PRC), Instagram influencer and actor Luka Sabbat is being sued by PRC for $90,000. Sabbat signed a contract with PRC to promote Snapchat's Spectacles v2 with some Instagram posts and real-world appearances, but he failed to fulfill the terms of the contract.
Amazon's stock sees worst month since the global financial crisis
Despite a 4.4% percent in trading today, Amazon's stock price tumbled 20.2% over the month of October, its worst month since the 2008 financial crisis. Slow growth in key business areas, like retail and Amazon Prime, are likely to blame.
Do not click any buttons: Bug in Fallout 76 beta nukes the entire game from your hard drive
A bug in the Fallout 76 beta launcher would cause the game to delete itself. After instructing gamers to "not click any buttons," Bethesda admitted the bug and instructed affected players to re-download the 50 GB title. In an effort to make good with its playerbase, Bethesda extended the beta to include this Thursday, November 1, from 2 PM to 11 PM.
Websites could battle more bots without interrupting users thanks to reCAPTCHA v3
Google's latest iteration of the reCAPTCHA system, reCAPTCHA v3, is now available to website administrators and webmasters. reCAPTCHA v3 runs in the background, tracking user behavior and assigning a risk score based on that behavior. Administrators can use this score to assign thresholds requiring further authentication if needed, allowing the bot-battling system to run unobtrusively for most users.
Sony's PlayStation business vaults the company to a $1.5 billion profit in Q2
Despite continued losses in its mobile division, Sony enjoyed a massive $1.5 billion profit in Q2, thanks in large part to the success of the PlayStation 4. A mixture of excellent exclusive titles and strong console sales racked up $4.9 billion in sales, cementing a solid profit in spite of a $265 million loss in the company's smartphone division.
Verizon and T-Mobile don't support iOS 12's dual-SIM feature
Apple is rolling out iOS 12.1 today, and if you have an iPhone Xs, Xs Max, or XR, you can use Apple's new dual-SIM feature... as long as you're not using Verizon on your digital SIM or as your secondary number. Both T-Mobile and Verizon have stated that their networks are not ready to fully support the dual-SIM tech but are working on getting their networks up to scratch "in the near future."
Apple unveils new iPad Pro with smaller bezels and USB Type-C
Apple unveiled the new iPad Pro, and many of the rumors from the past year were accurate. The new iPad Pro brings a more powerful A12X bionic SoC, Face ID, and a switch from Lightning to USB-C. The iPad Pro starts at $799 for an 11-inch model and $999 for a 12.9-inch model.
Apple overhauls the Mac Mini with 8th gen Intel CPUs, Thunderbolt 3, and more
Apple unveiled the new Mac Mini, the first Mac Mini we've seen since 2014. The new desktop boasts some impressive specs, including 8th gen 4- and 6-score CPUs, up to 2 TB of NVMe storage, and up to 64 GB of DDR4 RAM. Thunderbolt 3 comes to the Mac Mini, as well as a few other conventional ports. However, the machine is rather expensive, starting at $799 and climbing all the way to $4,199.
Apps marketed at young children have a major ad problem
In a recent study concerning children and media consumption, researchers discovered that the majority of apps targeted at children 5 years of age and younger contained advertising. Some of these ads were not clearly marked, were difficult to close, or contained disturbing imagery. Additionally, some of the ads pushed the user to make purchases, a clear violation of the FTC's rules regarding ads used in children's media.
Google pledges US $25 million to developing "AI for social good"
Google launched a new grant initiative today, seeking to fund teams that want to develop "AI for social good." Dubbed the AI Impact Challenge, the initiative will award $25 million across multiple teams that qualify based on the scalability, feasibility, and impact their project can have.
Single-board Hackintosh: Hackers load MacOS 10.14 Mojave onto LattePanda Alpha
Hardware tinkerers ETA Prime and Novaspirit Tech have managed to load macOS 10.14 Mojave on the LattePanda Alpha, a powerful single-board computer. While there are several bugs ranging from non-working audio to broken WiFi, this is currently one of, if not the, smallest Hackintosh-capable system currently available.
Get spooked this Halloween with Halloween sales, courtesy of GOG and Steam
GOG and Steam are both getting into the Halloween spirit with sales going on this week. Steam's sale is centered around spooky/horror games, while GOG's is more of a general catch-all. There are some decent discounts to be had, so head over to Steam before November 1 and GOG before November 5 to catch the sales.
Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus get updated... to Android 8.1 Oreo
The Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus are now receiving an update to Android 8.1 Oreo. While receiving a year old update is bad enough, the phones are also receiving the June 2018 Android security patch, putting the devices' security four months behind the curve.
Google may start offering Android app bundles with a monthly subscription service called Play Pass
Code buried in Google's Play Store app hints that Google may one day offer an app bundle subscription service that offers access to several apps for a monthly fee. A question circulating through Google's Opinion Rewards app seems to corroborate this notion, asking users if they feel the word "Pass" would describe a subscription service that offers "hundreds of dollars worth of paid apps" for a monthly fee.
The RED Hydrogen One goes on sale November 2 for US $1300
After numerous delays, the RED Hydrogen One will finally go on sale at Verizon and AT&T this Friday, November 2. Despite the initial hype built around the device last year, the steep price tag and disappointing feature set threaten to kill the Hydrogen One at launch. The device will be available for $1295.
Sony unveils full list of games on the PlayStation Classic
The full games list for Sony's upcoming PlayStation Classic has been released. While several classics like Resident Evil, Final Fantasy VII, and Metal Gear Solid will be available, there are a few curious omissions. The full games list is enumerated below.
IBM to acquire Red Hat for $34 billion
In a deal valued at US $34 billion, IBM will acquire Red Hat, the organization behind Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Fedora, and CentOS. IBM is buying Red Hat in order to compete in the cloud computing market against the likes of Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and others. IBM has stated that Red Hat will operate as an independent unit with IBM's Hybrid Cloud team and will continue Red Hat's commitment to open source software.
Don't count on playing The Elder Scrolls VI anytime soon
According to Bethesda's VP of Marketing and Communications Pete Hines, The Elder Scrolls VI isn't likely to be released within the next few years. Clarifying the company's projected workflow, Hines said that just because the game has been announced doesn't mean that development has ramped up.
Paypal bans alternative social media site Gab due to posts of the Pittsburgh shooter
Gab, a social media alternative to the likes of Facebook and Twitter, has come under fire yet again for posts from its users. This time, anti-Semitic posts from the Pittsburgh shooter, who shot and killed 11 people in a synagogue yesterday, prompted PayPal to ban Gab from its payment services and platform.
The iPhone XR is 25% faster than the fastest Android phones in Geekbench 4
The iPhone XR scored about 25% better than Android's best in Geekbench 4's multi-core benchmark. While this is impressive on paper (considering that the $750 iPhone XR is cheaper than most Android flagships), there is much more to consider when buying a phone than synthetic benchmarks and raw specs.
A new, huge Fallout mod was just released... for Fallout: New Vegas
After 7 years of development, Fallout: New California has finally been released. A major overhaul mod for Fallout: New Vegas, New California features a completely original storyline, new voiceover, and about 20-30 hours worth of content. The mod is free and available for download over at ModDB.
Western Digital unveils new 15 TB hard drive, the largest HDD yet
Western Digital just announced the largest mechanical hard drive in the industry, a 15TB helium-sealed monster. Designed for data centers and cloud storage services, the 15TB HDD is intended for enterprise customers in need of densely compacted, reliable storage. Pricing and availability haven't been announced, but don't expect the drives to come cheap.
U.S. Copyright Office may make circumventing DRM (jailbreaking) for repair purposes legal... sort of
A list of proposed rules put out by the U.S. Copyright Office would make jailbreaking devices like smartphones and smart speakers completely legal, if adopted. Jailbreaking, or circumventing DRM, is currently in a legally grey area. If these rules are implemented, then people could create their own tools to jailbreak a device for repair purposes. However, jailbreaking tools could not be distributed under these rules.
Code snippet from iOS 12.1 beta all but confirms Face ID for iPad Pro
Buried in the latest iOS 12.1 beta code are instructions for users to hold their iPad in portrait orientation so that Face ID can be set up. If legitimate, this code would confirm rumors that Face ID is indeed coming to the next iPad Pro, widely rumored to be announced at Apple's event next week.
Google to disable Nearby Notifications following three years of complaints of spam advertising
After years of users complaining about spam and irrelevant ads, Google will finally shut down the Nearby Notifications system on December 6th. Google said that the service did not meet the "high bar" the company holds to when delivering a user experience and will be shuttering the feature this winter.
Dell Chromebook 11 3181 (Celeron N3060) Laptop Review
Dell's standard Chromebook 11 leaves quite a bit to be desired. A low quality display and cheap construction drag down the device. Additionally, the limits of Chrome OS and bugs with Android app compatibility leave a bad taste.
Lyft buys AR firm to help with its self-driving cars
Lyft, the second most popular ride-sharing business, announced its first acquisition centered around autonomous cars. The company will purchase Blue Vision Labs, an AR startup, for US $72 million (with an additional $30 million option). This marks Lyft's first major push into self-driving cars, a space currently ruled by juggernauts Uber, Tesla, GM, and Ford.
Pine64, maker of cheap Linux laptops, may be making a cheap Linux phone
Pine64, the team behind the US$99 Pinebook, has announced it will begin working on a cheap Linux-based smartphone. Dubbed the PinePhone, the handset will be built around Pine's low-spec, low-cost Pine A64 single-board computer. Designs haven't been finalized, but dev kits are set to be released on November 1 with a projected device release date of mid-2019. The PinePhone is estimated to sell for US$100.
Dell Chromebook 11 3181 2-in-1 (Celeron N3060) Convertible Review
The Dell Inspiron Chromebook 11 2-in-1 (also known as the Chromebook 11 3181 2-in-1) is a sturdy, well-built Chromebook targeted squarely at the education sector. While the design leaves much to be desired, it is a competent low-end machine and should be rugged enough to withstand the abuse of a classroom.
DuckDuckGo, the privacy-focused search engine, grows daily searches by 50% to 30 million
DuckDuckGo is quickly becoming a popular alternative to Google's increasingly invasive search engine. The privacy-focused search tool just announced hitting 30 million searches a day. While this is a far cry from the 3.5+ billion searches Google enjoys, it marks a 50% growth for DuckDuckGo, positioning the search engine for rapid growth without relying on tracking users.
Farmer in my Pocket: Stardew Valley is coming to iOS October 24, Android port will follow soon
The uber-popular indie farming simulator Stardew Valley is getting an iOS port this month. The title is up for pre-order on the Apple App Store now and will be available for download October 24 for US$7.99. An Android port will be coming soon. If you haven't tried one of the many ports of the excellent farming/relationship-building/role-playing game, you can check it out on your iPhone later this month.
The C64 Mini is (finally) available in the United States for US$80
While the C64 Mini has been widely available in Europe for some time, the U.S. has missed out on the console's retro computing goodness until today. The C64 Mini is now available Stateside for US$80 through Amazon, Walmart, and GameStop.
The rumored 2018 iPad Pro will have an edge-to-edge display, Face ID, and more
With rumors swirling around a possible iPad Pro announcement later this month, 9to5Mac has reported new features supposedly coming to Apple's upcoming tablet refresh. Citing sources familiar with the development of the iPad Pro, the new devices will bring an almost bezelless display, Face ID, and a few new tricks to Apple's "prosumer" tablet line.
Eliminate distractions with the Freewrite Traveler, a laptop that can only be used to type
The Atrohaus Freewrite Traveler is a "distraction-fee" writing machine that can do one thing: type. As a dedicated writer, the 1.8 lb computer only supports document creation and file management. However, the Traveler can sync with online services like Dropbox and Google Drive, and thanks to its E-Ink display, the device should last about 12-14 hours on a single charge (4 weeks standby).
A Best Buy customer accidently bought the unannounced third-gen Chromecast
A lucky Reddit user by the name of GroveStreeHomie was able to buy a (currently unannounced) third-generation Chromecast from his local Best Buy. The new device features a slightly tweaked design and might have some new features, such as Bluetooth. Unfortunately, the device is currently unusable as it requires an update to the Google Home app that isn't available yet.
LG Watch W7 may launch alongside the V40 this week
Evan Blass, a noted tech leaker, has now confirmed that LG will be launching its latest Android wearable, the Watch W7, alongside the V40 smartphone this Wednesday. While the watch will use mechanical hands and watch movement to extend battery life in a low-powered mode to extend battery life, it's unlikely that the Watch W7 will see much market penetration.
Google is shelling out billions to remain the default search engine for Apple's Safari browser
Google will reportedly pay US $9 billion over 2018 to remain the default search engine for the Safari browser. This price may go up to as much as $12 billion next year. However, due to the growing popularity of Apple's devices, the privilege may be worth the cost to Google.
50 million Facebook accounts were compromised due to a security flaw
A Facebook breach has compromised almost 50 million accounts. After discovering the breach on September 25, the company reset the access tokens of the 50 million affected accounts and 40 million others as a precautionary step. The attackers accessed the accounts via a vulnerability involving Facebook's access tokens which keep users logged in.
Ashes of the Singularity benchmark leak hints at performance of Intel's upcoming Core i9-9900K
A leaked benchmark of Ashes of the Singularity supposedly shows metrics for the upcoming Intel Core i9-9900K. Compared to the current Intel Core i7-8700K, the 9900K offers marginal improvement. In heavy CPU workloads, the 9900K is noticeably better, but if the leak is legitimate, the CPU may not warrant an upgrade. We will of course release our own benchmarks when the CPU is released next year.
Professor Layton and the Curious Village, a popular puzzler for Nintendo's DS, is now available for Android
The popular Nintendo DS puzzle game Professor Layton and the Curious Village is now available for Android. The port features an HD graphical overhaul and new animated cutscenes while maintaining the addictive puzzle gameplay and excellent soundtrack.
Antennagate 2.0? The iPhone XS and XS Max users are complaining of poor cellular and WiFi connections
The new iPhone XS and XS Max may have inherited the iPhone 4's poor cellular connection strength. Several users are complaining of poor or dropped cellular and WiFi connections. While these claims are still just conjecture, they are rapidly growing in number.
Chrome now automatically logs you into the browser without telling you
The latest version of Google's Chrome browser will now automatically log users in if they log into any Google service. This, in turn, opens the door for the user's browsing data to be accessed by Google. While this isn't the case now (Chrome's sync features aren't turned on by default), it raises several red flags as to the future of the privacy of user's browsing data.
Razer pushes style over substance with the $99 Ifrit gaming headset
Razer's new Ifrit headset is designed to be an unobtrusive audio solution for game streamers. While the headset looks sleek, there's little word on the actual quality of its earbuds and microphone. The Ifrit is on sale now for $99.
Canonical extends security support for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, which is the basis for many cloud and enterprise services, is coming up on its end of life this April. Canonical will begin offering an Extended Security Maintenance service in April that will continue rolling out security patches. However, the service is designed primarily for enterprise customers.
The iPhone XS has a smaller battery capacity than the iPhone X
According to TENAA, the iPhone XS has a 2658 mAh battery, a small downgrade from the iPhone X's 2716 mAh battery. Considering that the iPhone X was criticized for its mediocre battery life last year, this could be a sticking point for the XS.
Twitch is now banned in China
Over the past week, fewer and fewer Chinese users have been able to access Twitch. As of September 20th, Twitch's site and official iOS App were shut down in China, rendering them inaccessible within the nation. While the reason for the ban is unknown, it is not unlike other censorship measures exercised by China.
Code buried in iOS 12.1 heavily implies that new iPads are coming this year
Code discovered in the Setup app for iOS 12.1 references a device called "iPad2018Fall," This, combined with other rumors of upcoming features that make sense for an iPad, all but confirm that new Apple tablets are coming in the next couple of months. This would coincide with Apple's typical release schedule.
You can now play your own NES ROMs on Nintendo Switch Online thanks to a new hack
Less than 24 hours after its launch, Nintendo's Switch Online service has already been hacked to allow gamers to load their own custom NES ROMs in to the NES library. The process, which seems to be simple, is possible because of Nintendo's use of common .nes ROM files, the same filetype used by ROM sites online.
Nokia may be planning a gaming-centered smartphone
A now-deleted tweet on Nokia's Indian Twitter account teased a gaming-centered smartphone. The post, which was hastily taken down, said that we should "stay tuned for a phone you can #GameOn," heavily implying that Nokia may have plans for a gaming smartphone. Given the recent rise in mobile gaming, this wouldn't be unwarranted.
Apple's Homepod had a mere 6% share of the smart speaker market in June, according to CIRP
Apple's Homepod has so far been a flop, only managing to capture 6% of the smart speaker market as of June 2018. The picture is even more bleak among Apple's own consumers; of Apple users that own a smart speaker, only 2% have purchased a Homepod.
Nintendo releases trailer for SEGA Mega Drive & Genesis Classics for the Switch
The Sega Mega Drive & Genesis Collection, which bundles over 50 16-bit Sega games, is coming to the Nintendo Switch this winter. Nintendo just posted a trailer for the collection on YouTube. The Collection is further evidence of Sega's good response to retro gaming and stands in stark contrast to Nintendo's less-than-stellar retro track record.
ASRock announces new "Jupiter" SFF desktops with 65 W Coffee Lake CPUs
ASRock recently announced two new small form factor (SFF) desktop PCs. The Jupiter H310 and Jupiter Q370 both measure just over a litre in volume but can support up to a 65 Watt CPU on the LGA1151 socket. Upgrade options are also quite robust.
Tesla may be under criminal investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice
The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) may have opened up a criminal investigation into Telsa incorporated after statements made by CEO Elon Musk last month. Two sources familiar with the company and this matter have stated that DOJ is investigating potential fraud. This investigation, if true, would coincide with a similar investigation started by the SEC last month.
The Punkt MP02 is a USD $349 dumbphone
Punkt, a designer electronics company, is now taking preorders for the MP02, a basic phone running a heavily stripped down version of Android 8.1. The MP02 is meant to be used for phone calls, SMS texting, and a few basic apps like a calendar and clock. Pricing is set at USD $350, which is a steep cost to ask for such a simple phone.
HP Pavilion Gaming 15t (i7-8750H, GTX 1060 3 GB) Laptop Review
Cut corners. How much is a 144 Hz display worth? The Pavilion Gaming 15t is HP's latest entry in the budget gaming laptop market, designed to compete with the likes of Acer's Helio 300 and Dell's G7. While most areas of the notebook are good (including its high refresh rate screen), HP cut a few corners in their pursuit of the best budget gaming notebook.
iOS 12 is here, bringing performance improvements, AR features, Siri Shortcuts, and more
Apple release iOS 12 today as a free update. The new version of Apple's mobile OS includes better AR support, automation via Siri, and performance optimizations. The update largely feels like Apple playing catch up with Android, which has offered some of the new features for years.
AMD lists the new Ryzen 7 2800H and Ryzen 5 2600H mobile CPUs
AMD has listed a couple new CPUs, the Ryzen 5 2600H and Ryzen 7 2800H. Both chips are definite upgrades over the Ryzen 5 2500U and Ryzen 7 2700U, respectively, but their 45 W nominal TDP suggests that they will be used in gaming laptops upon release. This is curious, as the onboard Vega GPUs are far outpaced by even entry-level gaming laptops.
Wearables market grows by 5.5% year over year, showing wearables aren't dead yet
The wearables market grew 5.5% from Q2 2017 to Q2 2018 mainly due to large growth in developing markets. Apple continued its dominance and enjoyed a 38% year over year growth. Xiaomi came in a close second. Fitbit was a big loser, seeing a year over year decline of 22%. While the future of wearables is still in flux, the market is far from dead.
Razer officially confirms second smartphone is coming
In a statement buried in an interim earnings report, Razer today announced a successor to their Razer Phone, which had a lukewarm reception upon its release last year. Razer is releasing the sequel device in order to capitalize on the new "gaming smartphone" market, a segment that has drawn the focus of major mobile players.
Purism plans to ship first batch of Librem 5 Linux smartphones in April 2019
Purism's upcoming Linux phone, the Librem 5, has run into some development delays that have pushed its release back 3 months to April 2019. Due to a flaw in the phone's CPU, the battery drains in less than an hour. Purism is working with the distributor to fix the flaw. In the meantime, dev kits are still scheduled to ship out in October.
Dell Precision 5530 (Xeon E-2176M, Quadro P2000) Workstation Review
The Precision 5530 is, in many ways, what the Precision 5520 should have been. While the updated machine still struggles with thermal throttling, CPU stability and performance are improved. The GPU has also been upgraded without much sacrifice to heat output. The overall experience is much better.
Casio's WSD-F30 is a longer-lasting and (slightly) slimmer rugged smartwatch
The new WSD-F30 is a rugged outdoor smartwatch from Casio. The WSD-F30 is about 4 mm thinner than Casio's other rugged smartwatches but manages to run for longer, thanks in part to a new "Extend Mode" setting that shuts off some wireless radios. Casio has yet to announce pricing or a release date.
HP Omen 17t (i7-8750H, GTX 1070) Laptop Review
Quiet Giant. The Omen 17t is a well-balanced notebook. Its internals are consistently powerful, its 144 Hz G-Sync display is one of the best on the market, and it manages heat and noise with aplomb. With its competitive pricing, the Omen 17t is one of the best overall packages in the gaming laptop market.
Xiaomi's new Mi Notebook sports Kaby Lake-R CPU and Nvidia's MX110 GPU
The Xiaomi Mi Notebook is the Chinese juggernaut's latest foray into the laptop market. Featuring a Kaby Lake-R CPU and a low-end Nvidia GeForce MX110, the laptop is a decent midrange device. Unfortunately, Xiaomi's aggressive pricing won't translate to western markets, where import costs push the device out of "value buy" territory.
Android Pie now natively supports XBox One controllers
While users have been able to connect an XBox One controller to their Android device for a few years, the process has always been a bit buggy. A Google developer announced yesterday that the bug should be fixed in Android 9.0 Pie, which will have native support for XBox One controllers.
Dell Precision 3530 (Xeon E-2176M, Quadro P600) Workstation Review
Can't take the heat. The Precision 3530 is the latest entry-level workstation from Dell. Powered by an Nvidia Quadro P600 and a new Xeon CPU from Intel, the Precision 3530 is a capable machine. Heat management and fan noise leave quite a bit to be desired, however.
Huawei officially announces 7 nm Kirin 980 will debut in Mate 20 this October
Huawei's latest silicon, the Kirin 980, will debut this October in the Mate 20, according to a press release obtained by Android Authority. The SoC will be the world's first commercially-available piece of silicon based on a 7 nm process. For reference, Samsung and Apple just release 10 nm chips last year.
An Australian teenager hacked into Apple's secure network and stole 90 GB of data
A Melbourne, Australia based teenager was able to remotely hack and access some of Apple's secure servers for over a year, downloading over 90 GB of secure files and customer information. Using hacking software to obtain authorized keys for logging in, the teen hacked the company because he has always "dreamed of" working there.
PUBG Mobile hits 100 million downloads (and that's only in Western markets)
PUBG Mobile crossed 100 million downloads this month, cementing it as one of the most popular Battle Royales for smartphones and tablets. Despite its success, it still trails behind Fortnite, which hit 100 million downloads last month on iOS only. The new Android version of Fortnite may spell trouble for PUBG Mobile and Tencent games.
Despite earning $2.8 billion in revenue, Uber bleeds $891 million in net losses
Uber lost a net $891 million this quarter as it continues to aggressively invest in new ventures and technologies. Despite bringing in almost $3 billion, the company hemorrhaged cash as it acquired new companies, started new lines of business, and invested in new technology. Despite this massive loss, investors remain optimistic about the company's future.
Sony is now the leading full-frame camera brand in the United States, deposing Canon
Sony has dethroned Canon as the leading US retailer of full-frame cameras. The milestone will be celebrated with a new "Be Alpha" campaign, which will focus on connecting creatives across North America via social media and pop-up events. It will be interesting to see how Canon and Nikon, the two biggest names in the camera world, will react to the shift.
Motorola releases list of phones getting updated to Android 9.0 Pie
Motorola just released their list of phones with a planned update for Android 9.0 Pie. However, the Moto G5 and Moto E4 lines, both of which were incredibly popular last year, are conspicuously absent. On top of that, there is no set date for the update. Rather, it will be pushed "starting this fall."
Dell G7 15 (i7-8750H, GTX 1060 Max-Q) Laptop Review
New name, same value. Dell's latest entry into the budget gaming market changes branding but keeps the value. Does the new G7 offer as much bang-for-the-buck as the uber-popular Inspiron 15 7577? Find out in our comprehensive review.
Fortnite's Android port won't be available in the Google Play Store
Fortnite for Android is coming (eventually), but when it does, you won't be able to find it on the Google Play Store. Instead, Epic (the developer of the game) will distribute the APK on their own website in an effort to both re-establish a direct relationship with gamers and retain more revenue.
Origin PC's EVO17-S is a thin-and-light gaming laptop with an Intel Core i9 CPU
Origin's new EVO17-S is the thinnest and lightest 17-inch laptop from the custom retailer. That said, the device is still comparatively hefty at 0.98-inches thick and 6.6. lbs. However, crammed into the case are an Intel Core i9-8950HK, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Max-P, and up to 6 TB of NVMe and SATA storage. Expect to pay out the nose for all that tech, though.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.5 is a cheaper Galaxy Tab S4 marketed at families and kids
Samsung's new Galaxy Tab A 10.5 may play second fiddle to the Galaxy Tab S4 on paper, but the tablet is specifically marketed at families with children who may be more budget-conscious. The tablet's specs are fairly mid-range for 2018, but the inclusion of a "Kids Mode" and multi-user support makes the tablet well-suited for families.
Panasonic launches new Toughbooks Android tablets with "warm swappable" batteries
Panasonic has released two new Toughbook-branded rugged handhelds. On paper, the 5-inch phone and 7-inch tablet look underpowered. However, both devices are running Android 8.1, bear some high-rated durability certifications, and can swap batteries without turning off.
Lenovo ThinkPad X380 Yoga (i5-8250U, FHD) Convertible Review
Bikram Yoga. The ThinkPad X380 Yoga steps back into the limelight, this time with a less powerful processor. Despite the reduction in clock speed, the i5 variant still sweats under pressure. This and other small shortcomings make for a good package with some small flaws.
Lenovo ThinkPad P52s (i7-8650U, Quadro P500, 4K) Laptop Review
Pushed to the limit. The P52s is back, this time with an improved screen and a slight bump in processing power. Is the 4K display an improvement for the P52s, or is the display too much for the weak GPU?
Dell will soon become a publicly-traded company once again
Dell is going public once again. In an announcement made earlier today, the U.S.-based computer manufacturer said it will begin trading its Class V common stock for Class C common stock as it seeks to re-enter the New York Stock Exchange. The decision comes as Dell hopes to further pay down debt and increase the momentum its enjoyed over the past few years.
First public beta of iOS 12 released
Apple just released the first public Beta of iOS 12. Committed Apple users can download the Beta for free from Apple's site, but be warned - as beta software, there are quite a few bugs still being worked out. Still, this is the only way to get some of the new features in iOS 12 for free.
Panasonic's Toughbook FZ-T1 is a Snapdragon 210-powered rugged handheld priced at $1,500
Panasonic's latest rugged Android Handheld, the Toughbook FZ-T1, is a low-specced Android handheld priced higher than most premium smartphones. However, the $1,500 device is aimed squarely at enterprises in need of a tough-as-nails handheld that can weather almost anything thrown at it.
MSI GV62 8RE (i5-8300H, GTX 1060, FHD) Laptop Review
New engine, same body. MSI brings Coffee Lake to their entry-level GV62 line. While the new Intel CPU is a breath of fresh air, it is the only real change to the machine since last year. Buggy system behavior and a cheap plastic case keep the GV62 8RE from being little more than white noise.
The OnePlus 6 sold more than one million phones in its first 22 days on the market
The OnePlus 6 is now the most commercially successful device released by OnePlus. The phone hit one million uints sold within the first 22 days of its release, in spite of its higher price tag and OnePlus's continued "underground" approach to marketing and retail.
Verizon unveils a third unlimited data plan that's more unlimited than its other two unlimited plans
Verizon is rolling out a third "unlimited" data plan that offers 75 GB of premium 4G LTE data for $95/month. After that 75 GB allotment is up, data can be subject to throttling during "high-traffic times" in order to relieve congestion. The rollout of this data plan still doesn't answer consumer demand for a truly unlimited plan on America's largest network provider.
First Fortnite World Cup planned for late 2019, will offer $100 million in prizes
Epic Games has announced that Fortnite's first World Cup will be held late next year. The tournament, which will be open to any and all gamers that want to participate, will offer $100 million in prizes, spread across various events and victors.
Tesla cuts 9% of staff in an effort to bandage its cash hemorrhage
In a memo to his car manufacturing company, Elon Musk said that Tesla would be laying off 9% of its workforce, which equates to about 3,000 jobs. This is the latest move by the electric car manufacturer to stem its outward cash flow, which has only grown since the delivery of its first vehicle six years ago.
Asus ROG GU501GM (i7-8750H, GTX 1060) Laptop Review
Whistle while you work. Wrapped in an attractive and slim package, the Asus ROG GU501GM is a competent gaming machine that effectively marries style and power. Unfortunately, CPU stability and fan noise present major problems in an otherwise excellent, if expensive, laptop.
Apple bans crypto-mining apps from all its platforms
Apple's App Store Review Guidelines have recently been updated with a section dedicated to cryptocurrencies. In sum, Apple's app stores (iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS) will no longer allow apps that create or generate cryptocurrencies. Crypto wallets and trading apps are still kosher to distribute, but the rules surrounding these kinds of apps have become much more strict.
HITMAN 2 may be announced on Thursday
A logo bearing the words "HITMAN 2" appeared on WB Games' site Monday night before being promptly removed, hinting that a new Hitman game may be just around the corner. The official Hitman twitter seems to confirm this; a new tweet, bearing a blurred video of the titular Hitman's next target, teases that something is coming June 7th.
Apple debuts iOS 12 (which feels behind the curve)
The latest version of Apple's mobile operating system, iOS 12, refines a few existing features while introducing few new ones. All said, iOS 12 is exciting for the Apple fanbase, but it seems like the iPhone is playing catch-up to Android.
WWDC 2018 Live Blog
Join us as we share our thoughts during Apple's WWDC 2018 developer conference.
Google silently exits the tablet market
Google silently removed the Tablets heading on the Android website, indicating that the tech behemoth may no longer push development for tablet features. This could be another sign that Google is planning on merging ChromeOS and Android, eliminating the need for tablets altogether.
Nvidia may once again bundle games with video cards, starting with The Crew 2
According to a leaked Dutch ad, Nvidia will bundle a copy of The Crew 2 with the purchase of a new GeForce GTX 1080 or GTX 1080 Ti. This move could be the harbinger of the return of a relic of the pre-crypto PC gaming world: bundling AAA games with a GPU purchase.
Canon has finally stopped selling film cameras
In an almost offhand post on their Japanese website, camera manufacturer Canon announced that they have "finally decided" to end sales for their last film-only SLR camera, the EOS-1v. The company will still offer repairs on any existing EOS-1v cameras until October 31, 2025, as parts availability allows.
Apple damaged an iMac Pro while trying to repair it
Quinn of YouTube channel Snazzy Labs recently posted a video of Apple's poor repair of his iMac Pro. While attempting to repair a damaged VESA mount, the repair technicians at an Apple Store severely damaged the original stand of Quinn's iMac Pro and scratched the body of the machine in a few places.
Asus' new ROG Swift PG27UQ is the first 4K 144Hz gaming monitor with DisplayHDR 1000 certificationr
The ROG Swift PG27UQ from Asus packs in almost everything anyone could want in a monitor: 4K, HDR, G-Sync, and a 144 Hz refresh rate. Asus will also sell the monitor pre-calibrated to professional-grade standards with excellent color accuracy and color space coverage. However, the ROG Swift PG27UQ will chew through wallets at USD $2,000.
Nintendo now sells a cheaper Switch bundle without the dock
Nintendo is now selling a cheaper Switch bundle without a TV dock or AC adapter. By sacrificing these accessories, gamers can save ¥5,000 (~$45). Unfortunately, the bundle is currently exclusive to Japan, and there's little chance Nintendo will release a stand-alone Switch in the West anytime soon.
Microsoft rumored to soon make low-cost Surface tablets with USB Type-C to rival the iPad
Rumors are flying concerning Microsoft's Surface line, speculating that the Redmond regent may soon produce another low-cost Surface tablet to compete directly against Apple's iPad. If true, the budget Surface will feature a 10-inch screen, rounded corners, and USB Type-C.
Sony will stop producing physical Vita GameCards in March 2019
Sony's has announced that they will stop manufacturing physical games for the PlayStation Vita by March 2019. While the company will continue to support the digital distribution of games for the system, this is likely the first step toward the Vita's end of life.
AsteroidOS 1.0, an open source smartwatch OS, released for certain Android Wear watches
AsteroidOS, best described as an open source alternative to watchOS and Wear OS, launched its first stable release yesterday. Designed by a small group of developers and open to the public, the OS can run on a few Wear OS-compatible smartwatches, including devices from LG, Asus, and Sony.
Asus GL703GE (Core i7-8750H, GTX 1050 Ti) Laptop Review
Caffeine boost. The Asus GL703GE packs in more processor performance than ever thanks to Intel’s new Core i7-8750H CPU. The Coffee Lake chip is a shot in the arm for processor-reliant tasks, and the 120 Hz display has been improved. Still, the price makes the GL703GE hard to recommend.
The NES Classic Edition is coming back June 29th
Nintendo announced via Twitter that the NES Classic Edition will be re-released on June 29. The console will still cost USD $60 and will include the same 30 titles. Nintendo stated that both the NES Classic Edition and SNES Classic Edition will be available through the end of the year.
Lon Seidman and Douglas Black of Notebookcheck and UltrabookReview talk laptops and the tech review process
Lon Seidman recently hosted a podcast with Notebookcheck's own Douglas Black. Over the hour, Douglas discussed his work with Notebookcheck and UltrabookReview with Lon and the process behind writing reviews of laptops in the online era. The duo also discussed the laptop market at large and some interesting trends they are currently watching.
ZTE ceases "major operating activities," may be on the way out
In a statement issued to stockholders today, ZTE said that the it was suspending all "major operating activities" due to the sales ban placed on the company by the U.S. Department of Commerce. While ZTE has enough cash on hand to fulfill its current commercial obligations, the future looks bleak for the Chinese smartphone manufacturer.
Chromebooks will soon support full Linux apps
Chromebooks may become the best Android development tools later this year. Google is planning to roll out native Linux support to the Chrome OS-powered machines later this year, allowing coders to build software for Chrome OS and Android natively on Chromebooks.
Frank Azor: "Don't hold your breath" for a 13-inch XPS 2-in-1 with a dedicated GPU
Responding to a question on Twitter, Frank Azor bluntly stated that the likelihood of a dedicated GPU making its way into Dell's XPS 13 2-in-1 is slim to none. "Don't hold your breath," said Azor, effectively squashing any hope of a variant of the convertible with a dGPU. However, is that such a bad thing?
If you are on Twitter, you should change your password now
Twitter discovered a bug in their password hashing process that created a plaintext log containing user passwords. While the social media platform does not believe any breach has occurred, they urged their entire user base to reset their passwords as soon as possible.
Acer Swift 3 (Ryzen 7 2700U, Radeon RX Vega 10) Laptop Review
Ryzen up. Acer has updated their popular Swift 3 laptop with AMD's most powerful mobile APU, the Ryzen 7 2700U with RX Vega 10 graphics. Unfortunately, the system fails to live up to its full potential.
Barclays: Apple won't include Lightning to 3.5mm adapter this year
Barclay's analyst Blayne Curtis is predicting that Apple will stop bundling the Lightning to 3.5mm audio adapter with the iPhone released this fall. If this prediction comes true, iPhone users that want wired audio would have to separately purchase the adapter at a small (but annoying) additional cost.
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) now available
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS "Bionic Beaver" is here and brings quite a few changes to the OS. Users upgrading from 16.04 LTS will notice quite a few aesthetic changes; 18.04 LTS brings the switch back to the GNOME desktop to the long-term support version of the most popular Linux distro. Some other tweaks under the hood bring support for modern hardware features as well.
Chrome's Canary channel gets a visual overhaul, new features
The developer channel for Google's Chrome browser ("Canary") is sport a new coat of paint as well as some useful features. While all of these changes may not make their way to the Stable channel, the new design language echoes what we've already seen in early builds of Android P and the leaked Gmail design refresh.
Librem 5 smartphone will officially support PureOS and Ubuntu Touch
Thanks to a collaboration between Purism and UBports, the upcoming crowd-funded Librem 5 smartphone now officially supports Purism's own PureOS and Ubuntu Touch. Ubuntu Touch, which was abandoned by Canonical last year, was picked up by the UBports team for further development and may finally find a more permanent home on the Librem 5.
New method of hacking Nintendo's Switch claims to be "unpatchable"
A newly discovered hardware exploit allows for the execution of arbitrary code on devices powered by Nvidia's Tegra processors. This includes Nintendo's wildly popular Switch, which has been under the scope of several hacking groups this past year. The new exploit functions at the boot level and is claimed to be "unpatchable."
New IdeaPad 530s surfaces on Lenovo's European website
A new listing for the IdeaPad 530s has just appeared on Lenovo's European site. The mid-range device can be configured with up to an 8th gen Intel Core i7, 16 GB of RAM, and 512 GB of NVMe storage. The 530s can also pack up to an Nvidia MX150 GPU in a slightly smaller and lighter shell than the 520s.
ZTE strikes back: Chinese manufacturer may take "judicial measures" against Department of Commerce
After getting hit with a 7-year ban barring them from buying anything from a U.S. company, ZTE released a new statement today. The statement calls the Department of Commerce's ban unfair and says that it will not only severely damage ZTE but will harm ZTE's partners, including some U.S. companies.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2018 (Core i5-8250U, FHD) Convertible Review
Best of both worlds. Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Yoga is a sleek 2-in-1 for business professionals. While the top of the line configuration is an excellent machine, this mid-tier model may be the best solution for most users in need of a well-styled hybrid business device.
Qualcomm, Dolby, and others banned from selling components to ZTE for 7 years
The United States Department of Commerce has banned all American companies from selling components to Chinese phone manufacturer ZTE. This includes Qualcomm and Dolby, both of whom have made major contributions to previous ZTE phones. The loss of Qualcomm-made SoCs is sure to damage the salability of ZTE phones.
The KB-G1 Game is Beelink's Kaby Lake G answer to Intel's Hades Canyon NUC
Move over, Hades Canyon. There's a new Kaby Lake G mini PC in town. The Beelink KB-G1 Game is an ultra-SFF desktop sporting Intel's new Core i7-8809G CPU with RX Vega M graphics. Although the KB-G1 Game is slightly thicker then the Hades Canyon NUC, it can support up to four displays at one time.
AMD's upcoming 7nm Navi GPUs may not be more powerful than Nvidia's GTX 1080
According to rumors, AMD's Navi-based GPUs, which are slotted for release in 2019, may compete with Nvidia's GTX 1080 but not supersede it. This could spell trouble for AMD; the GPU shortage caused by the cryptomining craze particularly hit AMD's stock, and the lack of a competitive GPU next year may cause a loss of market share.
Dell Latitude 7490 (i7-8650U, FHD Touchscreen) Laptop Review
Same body, new engine. The 14-inch Dell Latitude 7490 retains the same design as last year's Latitude 7480 but sports a new quad-core U-series CPU. The Core i7-8650U is a significant upgrade over the dual-core chip in the previous iteration. Does the increase in power warrant an upgrade?
FTC slams companies that require repairs using certain parts or vendors to maintain a warranty
In a statement made yesterday, the Federal Trade Commision stated that it had sent warnings to six major manufacturers of cars, mobile phones, or video game consoles. The warning stated that policies requiring users to repair their products via a preset list of vendors or replacement parts in order to maintain a product's warranty is, in fact, illegal.
Facebook is now the least trusted tech company when it comes to personal data
In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which revealed one of the worst abuses of personal information by a corporation in history, trust in Facebook's handling of private information has plummeted. This is evidenced by a new survey run by Recode and SurveyMonkey, where 56% of those surveyed stated they trusted Facebook the least. The next choice was Google at a mere 5%.
Apple may copy Huawei's triple camera design next year
The trendsetter may become the copycat: rumors coming out of Taiwan speculate that Apple may be releasing an iPhone with three lenses in 2019, a design that may be inspired by Huawei's P20 Pro.
Apple will release an updated Mac Pro desktop in 2019, and it will be a complete redesign
In an event hosted for creative professionals earlier today, Apple executives clarified that the new Mac Pro desktop will indeed be released in 2019. In a somewhat surprising move, Apple will be working with professionals outside of the company to refine the product, which the company says will be designed from scratch.
HP launches ZBook 15V, a low-cost workstation for the masses starting at USD $950
Among HP's refreshed ZBook line of portable workstations is the ZBook 15V, which HP is aiming squarely at a broader consumer market. The workstation, which starts at USD $950, can be specced with up to an Intel Core i7-8750H or Xeon E-2176M CPU and quite a few other powerful components.
Active shooter reported at YouTube's headquarters in California
An active shooting situation was reported at YouTube's headquarters in San Bruno, California, earlier this afternoon. The suspected shooter, a female, was found dead at the scene. At least four people have been evacuated to area hospitals. Motives behind the shooting are still unknown, as are several other details. This story is ongoing.
Chrome Web Store bans extensions that mine cryptocurrencies
The Chrome Web Store has updated its policy concerning extensions with crypto-mining scripts, outright banning such extensions from the store. Any existing extensions that can be used for mining cryptocurrencies will be removed by the end of June 2018. While the policy will prevent future extensions that are obviously used for crypto-mining, it remains to be seen if this will solve the problem of surreptitious mining scripts hidden in otherwise innocuous extensions.
Ethereum-based ASIC miners may cause the price of AMD GPUs (and stock) to fall
AMD GPU prices may finally be coming down, but will the company’s stock follow suit? According to analyst Christopher Rolland, that may indeed be the case. A new Ethereum ASIC miner from Bitmain may threaten Team Red’s financial outlook, as Ethereum mining is estimated to be responsible for about 20% of AMD’s sales.
Asus FX503VM (7700HQ, GTX 1060, FHD) Laptop Review
Plastic, pragmatic. The Asus FX503VM is a mid-tier gaming laptop at a budget-minded price. Although there are some cut corners, the overall package is capable, competent, and attractive.
Pocket Mint: The Mintbox Mini 2 is a fanless Apollo Lake mini PC running Linux Mint
Mini PCs are growing in popularity. Linux Mint users in need of an insanely tiny machine might be interested in the Apollo Lake-powered Mintbox Mini 2, which the team behind Linux Mint is hoping to deliver concurrently with Mint 19 sometime in June of this year.
The Ataribox is real, and it's more computer than gaming console
After months of delays and speculation, the Atari VCS (formerly the Ataribox) finally debuted in physical form at GDC. There's still a lot of information about the console that Atari is keeping close to the chest, but we do know that Atari VCS will be more akin to a Linux PC than a dedicated gaming console, which should expand its capabilities (and possibly appeal).
Nvidia's RTX real-time ray tracing promises to bring lifelike lighting via Volta GPUs
Nvidia's new RTX technology may bring real-time ray tracing to gaming and other media. Ray tracing results in incredibly realistic lighting, which has long been a difficult process for most game engines to handle in real-time. In its current form, RTX is only compatible with Nvidia's Volta-based GPUs.
Zotac ZBOX Magnus EK71080 (i7-7700HQ, GTX 1080) Mini PC Review
Bigger, faster, better value? The Zotac ZBOX Magnus EK71080 is one of the most powerful small form factor desktops on the market. While relatively small compared to traditional desktops, it is twice as large as other Zotac ZBOX devices. Zotac puts this extra space to good use by packing in a full desktop Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card.
Our thoughts on MWC 2018: Budget-phone buzz, flagships fall flat
This year's MWC may have marked a turn in the smartphone market. While the latest flagships were generally iterative improvements on last year's models, the budget and mid-tier segments have begun to explode. The best phones may not be getting cheaper, but cheap phones are definitely getting better.
The slew of promoted Dyson YouTube videos spotlights a growing problem in the review community
Have you heard of the Dyson Cyclone V10? If not, don't worry; a deluge of YouTube channels posted "reviews" about the vacuum yesterday. However, the sponsored videos raise some concerns about the YouTube tech review community as a whole.
Challenger approaching: Xiaomi may enter the U.S. smartphone market by the end of the year
The 4th largest smartphone manufacturer (as of Q4 2017) may be entering one of the only markets it hasn't actively pursued: the United States. While the brand sells several other electronic devices (like speakers and home products), the OEM's phones may soon be on the store shelves of the four major U.S. carriers.
Asus ROG Strix GL703VM Scar Edition (7700HQ, GTX 1060, FHD 120 Hz) Laptop Review
Hotter, Louder, Faster, Stronger. The Asus ROG Strix GL703VM is a more powerful version of the GL703VD, which we reviewed back in October. In addition to a faster GPU, the GL703VM brings a 120 Hz display, but fan noise and temperatures leave room for improvement.
Samsung Galaxy S9 debuts with variable-aperture camera, AR Emojis, and more
They're finally here. The latest flagships from Samsung, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, share a lot in common with last year's S8 and S8+ with some incremental improvements. The biggest change lies in the camera, which now features a variable aperture for better low-light shots and 960 frame-per-second video capture.
HMD Global keeps the nostalgia train rolling with the 8110 4G
Nokia fans of old are getting some more fan service this year. HMD introduced a remodel of the classic Nokia 8110 "banana phone," a slider phone originally released in 1996. The classic phone (which was fairly popular due to its curved shape, slide-out keypad cover, and appearance in "The Matrix" movies) gets a new shot at life in the form of a cheap 4G feature phone.
Leaked photo shows possible prototype of Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
The Xperia line may be a getting a refresh in the form of the Xperia XZ2 Compact if a photo posted on Xperia Blog is to be believed. The photo, which was posted by a commenter, claims to show off a prototype of the small form factor flagship rumored to appear at MWC 2018 next week.
Intel reveals prototype of their discrete GPU
Intel unveiled plans for a prototype of their discrete GPU at the San Francisco ISSCC (IEEE International Solid State Circuits Conference) late last week. The 14 nm dGPU, which is still in an early prototype stage, features 1.5 billion transistors and is clocked between 50 - 400 MHz, which may hint at a focus on efficiency over raw power.
HP Omen X 17 (7820HK, GTX 1080, 120 Hz FHD) Laptop Review
X marks the spot. HP has unleashed a beast in the form of the HP Omen X 17. With a high-refresh rate panel, an overclockable Core i7 CPU, and the most powerful mobile GPU currently on the market, does the Omen X 17 have the "X factor" it needs to stand apart from the crowd, or is it just white noise in a highly competitive performance tier?
Leaked Intel roadmap hints at new hexa-core laptop CPU
According to an alleged leaked CPU roadmap for 2018, Intel may be releasing the Core i7-8550H and Core i5-8400H. The Coffee Lake CPUs are designed for laptops, but the i7 is unique; it features 6 cores and 12 threads.
Amazon to drop lock screen ads from their Prime Exclusive phones
Phones sold through Amazon's Prime Exclusive Phone program will no longer display lock screen ads, according to the retailer. The phones, which which were sold at prices substantially lower than MSRP, will instead feature Amazon-centric apps only while retaining (most of) their discounts.
Oukitel's U18 is a courageous copycat of the iPhone X, complete with a "notched-display."
Are you an Android user wishes your phone had a huge notch in the display, a la the iPhone X? Chinese OEM Oukitel has you covered. Their new U18, available for pre-order today, is a USD $159 Android alternative to Apple's flagship. However, this notch lacks any obvious utility beyond aesthetics.
Caffeine aims to energize gamers by making video broadcasting easier and more social than Twitch
Are you tired of Twitch? Caffeine, a social broadcasting platform headed by former Apple executives, officially launches today. The site, which has actually been live for some time, aims to make streaming and gaming more social by integrating features from popular social media services with an easy-to-use streaming interface. The new service might keep Twitch up at night.
Gemini Lake meets Yoga: Lenovo posts spec sheet for upcoming Yoga 330 powered by Pentium Silver N5000
Lenovo just posted a spec sheet and user manual for the Yoga 330, an upcoming low-range convertible powered by Intel's new Gemini Lake Pentium and Celeron processors. No word on pricing yet, but based on the specs, it should retail at the lower end of the market.
Fitbit will "show Pebblers love" by killing off support for the Pebble this summer
Fitbit, which acquired the Pebble brand in 2016, has announced that they will support the Pebble smartwatch line until June 20th, 2018. In other words, support for Pebble services and devices will end on June 30th of this year, marking the end of an era.
AMD hires industry veterans Mike Rayfield and David Wang to lead the Radeon Technologies Group
The new appointments come after the former head of the Radeon Technologies Group, Raja Koduri, was sniped by Intel last November. Both Mike Rayfield and David Wang are multi-decade veterans of the technology industry and have had their hands on several projects and GPU developments.
Minimum specs for Far Cry 5 released, and you'll need a powerful system to enjoy it
Ubisoft released their recommended specs for Far Cry, which is due to launch at the end of March. While the game will run on older hardware at the lowest settings, gamers will need a fairly beefy system (Core i7 and GTX 970 / R9 290X) to enjoy the game at Full HD 60 fps.
Early benchmark released for Intel's new Core i7-8705G CPU with on-board AMD Radeon Vega graphics
Some early benchmarks of the new Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 taken at CES 2018 show some impressive power from the new Intel Core i7-8705G CPU paired with on-board AMD Vega graphics. While these benchmarks should be taken with a grain of salt, game performance hovers just below Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1050.
Up to 40,000 OnePlus customers may have had their credit card information stolen
The darling of the mobile phone enthusiast community is in hot water once again. Less than a week after it was discovered that OnePlus was sending user data to servers in China without permission, the Chinese OEM's merchant platform was compromised. OnePlus has just revealed the full scope of the attack: up to 40,000 users may have had their credit card information stolen.
Nintendo wants you to make your own Switch peripherals out of cardboard with Nintendo Labo
Nintendo's latest innovation is something completely out of left field: cardboard toys and accessories for their highly successful Switch console. Dubbed "Nintendo Labo," the new project allows Switch users to build things like a fishing pole, a piano, and even a robot suit to enjoy new gaming experiences (and maybe learn a bit about engineering and coding).
BTC dives under USD $10,000 for first time since December, loses 50% over the past 30 days
Bitcoin has proved that it's not for the faint of heart this week. At one point today, BTC swooped down 10% for the day and hit a 35% loss for the week. Just in today's trading, BTC has seen losses and gains between 10% on each side.
HP Elitebook Folio 1040 G4 (FHD, 7820HQ) Laptop Review
Beauty and a beast. The EliteBook 1040 G4 now offers Intel's Core i7-7820HQ. The quad-core processor is quite a step up from most ultrabook CPUs, but how does it compare to more powerful devices and Intel's own 8th-gen Kaby Lake R silicon?
Awesome Games Done Quick speedrunning charity raises over $2.2 million, setting new record
The annual charity speedrunning event, Awesome Games Done Quick, successfully raised USD $2.26 million for the Prevent Cancer Foundation, a charity focused on cancer research and education. This is the second year in a row that the gaming event raised over $2 million for charity.
Pikachu will channel his inner Sherlock Holmes in the US and Europe on March 23rd
Nintendo's 3DS title Detective Pikachu is making its way outside of Japan this March. If you've ever wondered what the world's most famous Pokemon would be like as a wise-cracking, coffee-loving film noir gumshoe, you'll get your answer for $40 on March 23rd.
Casio's latest devices aim to bring smart tech to the outdoors
Casio introduced a new smartwatch, GPS watch, and action camera, all of which have a rugged design intended for heavy outdoor use.
The eOneBook is an expensive dual-E ink display device that can only be used to read one manga
Do you have $300 burning a hole in your pocket and really like the manga Fist of the North Star? The eOneBook by Progress Technologies may be the device for you. Featuring two E ink displays that fold out like a book, the device can only be used to read 18 volumes of Fist of the North Star.
Razer's Project Linda can turn the Razer Phone into a full-fledged Android laptop
Razer entering the smartphone market makes a lot more sense with the reveal of the company's latest prototype, dubbed Project Linda. The device, which is more a proof of concept than anything else, has a dock that allows the Razer Phone to turn into a full Android laptop.
HTC's Vive Pro is a higher-res wireless VR headset for enthusiasts
Answering criticisms of its earlier VR headset, HTC's new Vive Pro cuts the cable, adds built-in headphones, and brings much more pixel-dense displays for a more immersive VR gaming experience.
Apple devices are already protected against Meltdown without any hit to performance
With the massive vulnerabilities recently discovered in Intel CPUs, the main question on everyone's minds are when affected devices will be updated to guard against possible exploits. Apple is ahead of the game; apparently, the latest versions of their various operating systems protect against Meltdown, and a fix for Spectre is coming to Safari in the next few days. The best part? These mitigations have no perceptible effect on performance.
Our thoughts on the current state of the Ataribox
The upcoming Ataribox is one of the most anticipated retro-based consoles this year. However, there have been some questionable moves by the company behind the product that should leave retro gamers skeptical of the console.
New leak shows specs of Nokia 6, which might debut this Friday
A new leak via a Chinese regulatory agency shows that the 2018 refresh of the Nokia 6 may pack the Snapdragon 630, 4 GB of RAM, and a 5.5" 16:9 FHD screen. While these specs are still just a rumor, we may see an announcement about the device from HMD this Friday.
Nissan is working on cars that can read your mind
Nissan is developing a new technology, named Brain-to-Vehicle (B2V), that will help car interpret human thoughts. The aim of the tech is to help newer cars better anticipate driver decisions and work with the human operator rather than to function autonomously.
New first-person ROM hack of Super Mario 64 is the closest thing to a VR Mario game
Ever wondered what the chunky polygonal world of Super Mario 64 would look like from Mario's perspective? Thanks to a new ROM hack, it's now possible to experience the game from a first-person POV, but you may not want to.
Ryzen mobile CPUs coming soon to Acer Swift laptops (benchmarks vs. Intel CPUs included)
A few new listings on Acer's website detail two new models of the Swift 3, both equipped with Ryzen mobile CPUs. One laptop sports the Ryzen 5 2500U and the other, the Ryzen 7 2700U. These are among the first notebooks to use AMD's new CPUs.
Mozilla in hot water after installing a browser add-on for some users without their permission
Some Firefox users recently found an unwarranted add-on installed in their browsers. The add-on, which is a page tool tied to the popular online show "Mr. Robot," was installed for some users that are a part of Mozilla's Studies program. While not malicious, the add-on was installed without the users' knowledge and raised some alarm from fervent Mozilla fans.
Essential has only sold 50,000 phones (but that may not be as bad as it sounds)
According to the number of downloads of its camera app, Essential has sold no more than 50,000 units. While the accuracy of this number is arguable, hitting such a low volume of sales may not be as bad for the start-up as it sounds.
GOG kicks off their Winter Sale with a free copy of Grim Fandango: Remastered
Everybody's favorite Department of Death Travel Agent, Manny Calavera, can now lead your PC to the Ninth Underworld for free, courtesy of GOG.com.
Lenovo Ideapad 120s (11-inch) Notebook Review
Smaller size, bigger value. The 11-inch Lenovo Ideapad 120s carries over many of the same facets of its 14-inch brother in a more compact case. However, with half the RAM and a smaller body, can it keep up with the larger model?
The Onyx Boox Max 2 Pro is a quad-core E-Ink tablet coming this month for $800
The Onyx Boox Max 2 Pro is a powerful (if expensive) eReader tablet with a huge 13.3-inch hi-res E-Ink display. The reader boasts a quad-core processor, a full version of Android 6.0, and a highly responsive E-Ink display, but there are a few drawbacks.
You can no longer use Bitcoin to buy games on Steam (and with good reason)
Due to the high volatility and growing transaction fees associated with Bitcoin, Valve is no longer accepting the cryptocurrency as a payment method for purchases made on Steam. This decision sheds some light on the economic ramifications of the rapid growth of a currency.
Grab an Alienware 15 R3 with a GTX 1070 for USD $1450
The Nvidia GTX 1070-equipped Alienware 15 R3 is currently on sale at Best Buy for USD $1450, or $350 less than its retail price.
BLU releases software fix for bricked Life One X2 phones, but it may not work for everyone
BLU has released a fix for the phone-bricking OTA update they issued last week. While many users are reporting success, some customers will be left out to dry. Affected users are understandably upset at the latest misstep by BLU.
Get World in Conflict and Assassin's Creed: Black Flag for free this month
Ubisoft is offering the acclaimed RTS World in Conflict now through December 11th. They will then release Assassin's Creed: Black Flag for free from December 12 through the 18th.
Eve V flash sale going on now
Eve, the maker of the less expensive Surface Pro alternative Eve V, is offering the device in a flash sale open to the public today. Stock is limited, so head over to Eve's site if you want to secure a V of your own.
Lenovo Ideapad 120s (14-inch, HD) Laptop Review
Budget notebook to beat. The 14-inch Lenovo Ideapad 120s is a simple and sleek Windows laptop that retails for around $250. While the device looks and feels fairly good on the outside for a budget device, the internals are a major letdown. Considering the price, though, the Ideapad 120s is one of the better bargain laptops available.
Pocket change: Nintendo's latest foray into mobile gaming may be a financial boon
Nintendo's latest mobile title, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, may be a solid win for the Japanese juggernaut. The app has eclipsed 15 million downloads in its first week of release, and Nintendo's stock shot up 4.16% over the past week and has risen 92% year-to-date.
The 10 Best Ultraportables for Late 2017
Big power, small package. Looking for a new ultraportable notebook or laptop this holiday season? We've compiled a list of the best thin-and-light devices we've reviewed this year to help in your purchasing and gifting decisions.
Germany bans smartwatches marketed at children
Children's smartwatches have been found to have glaring security holes, some of which can present a serious threat to the safety of the children that wear them. These security issues, along with privacy concerns, have led German officials to ban the sale of children's smartwatches.
MSI GF62VR 7RF (7700HQ, GTX 1060, FHD 60 Hz) Laptop Review
Priced to perform. The MSI GF62VR packs a punch for not a lot of change. However, users will have to deal with a fairly low quality screen and a cheaper plastic build quality. Are these tradeoffs worth the savings?
IDC analytics point to 3-year decline in tablet sales
Marking the twelfth straight quarter of year-over-year decline, the third quarter of 2017 saw the tablet market slump 5.4%. Despite a bump in sales growth from 4 of the top 5 tablet retailers, the market as a whole continues its downward trend with no end in sight.
Black Friday comes early (for Dell)
It's the holiday season, which means Black Friday deals are coming. Dell is kicking things off with some enticing deals on XPS and Alienware notebooks and desktops. The sale is on now until 8 AM EST on November 3.
Asus ROG GL503VD-DB74 (7700HQ, GTX 1050) Laptop Review
Another year, another refresh. The new Asus GL503VD represents a slight aesthetic redesign of Asus' highly-revered ROG line. Some will appreciate the simpler, less "gamery" redesign, but not much else has changed. The GTX 1050 still makes for a decent (if noisy) entry-level gaming experience.
Dumbing it down: 3G version of Nokia 3310 coming to the U.S. for $60
The Nokia 3310, the redesigned "dumb" phone modeled after the classic Nokia 3310, is now available for pre-order in the United States. Available for USD $60, the phone can be ordered through Best Buy and will officially go on sale October 29th.
MSI GF72VR 7RF (7700HQ, GTX 1060, 120 Hz) Laptop Review
Blown away? MSI is once again introducing another line of gaming notebooks aimed at the consumer market. The new GF72VR brings a high refresh rate display and sheds the optical drive but changes little else. Do these changes leave us breathless, or is the GF72VR full of hot air.
Second Win: GPD Win 2 prototype leaks
An image of what could possibly be the upcoming GPD Win 2 shows some design changes from the original GPD Win, including a revamped keyboard and a larger screen. Internally, the GPD Win 2 may also be sporting an Intel Core m3 CPU, a huge improvement over the Atom chip in the original.
Prime position: Moto X4 to go on sale via Amazon Prime Exclusive tonight, will retail for $330
The upcoming mid-range smartphone from Motorola will go on sale via Amazon's Prime Exclusive Phones program tonight at 10 PM PST (12 AM CST). The Moto X4 will retail for $330, a $70 discount, but will feature tailored lock screen ads and pre-installed Amazon apps. The deal is available only to Amazon Prime members.
Liberty secured: Purism's Librem 5 Linux-based smartphone meets crowdfunding goal
The Librem 5, a smartphone currently in development by Purism, recently reached its USD$1.5 million crowdfunding goal. The device will be designed with privacy in mind and will run a mobile flavor of Purism's own PureOS.
Google Clips is Watching You: Google's new action camera automatically snaps shots, records video
Google Clips is a small wearable action camera that automatically takes pictures of what it judges to be special moments. It learns who the important people in your life are via machine learning, and it may pose a serious privacy concern.
Google announces the premium Pixelbook (to no one's surprise)
Google today announced the Pixelbook, their premium Chromebook that's has been the subject of a relentless stream of leaks over the past few months. The 2-in-1 Chromebook features a high-density 12.3, 3:2 aspect ratio display and powerful 7th generation Intel Core series processors.
Google introduces Home Mini and Max smart home managers
Google is spicing up their Home line of smart home management devices with Home Mini and Home Max. Mini is a smaller version of home, while Max is a massive smart speaker with dual subwoofers.
Multiplayer for Star Wars: Battlefront 2 (2005) is back online
The 2005 multiplayer classic Star Wars: Battlefront 2 has had its multiplayer servers come back online. Matches support up to 64 players with Crossplay support between GOG and Steam, although a few more bugs may need to be squashed for some players.
Samsung will make a lot of money... from the iPhone X?
As the sole supplier of the OLED displays used in the upcoming iPhone X (and one of the main suppliers of NAND flash memory used in the phone), Samsung is poised to make quite a bit of money on total sales if the iPhone X is as successful as some estimates are guessing.
Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite 8 Tablet Review
Mini Me(diaPad). The 8-inch variant of the MediaPad M3 Lite brings a lot of polish and panache to the Android ecosystem. Despite its mid-range specifications, the M3 Lite proves to be a capable media machine. Is this the affordable compact tablet to get?
The Ataribox is an under-powered Linux PC priced to compete with the PS4 and Xbox One
In a newsletter sent out today, Atari gave some more information about the upcoming Ataribox. The console will be running a version of Linux, and users will have full access to the underlying operating system. No word on games yet, but apparently, the console won't be powerful enough to play AAA titles.
Equi-fail: Equifax directs customers affected by hack to fake phishing website
In another major misstep for Equifax, an employee of the credit services company responded to customer tweets with a link to a fake phishing website. The site, which was styled to look like the official Equifax site dedicated to the hack, was a fake used to demonstrate how easily malicious parties could further exploit Equifax's customers.
Moto done right? Moto X4 coming to Project Fi, will receive two years of updates
Google announced today that the upcoming Moto X4 will be available as an Android One device on their Project Fi mobile network. The smartphone will run Stock Android and come with a guaranteed minimum of two years of software updates and support from Google.
MSI WS63VR (i7-7700HQ, 4K, Quadro P4000 Max-Q) Laptop Review
Max-Q goes to work. MSI's updated WS63VR 7RL brings Nvidia's new Max-Q design to the GPU giant's Quadro line. How well does the Max-Q philosophy benefit a powerful professional-grade graphics card, especially with regards to heat and power management?
Motorola flips again, promises Android O for Moto G4
People complained, and Motorola listened. In a statement issued today, Motorola has promised to make good on its marketing and update the Moto G4 Plus to Android Oreo. Unfortunately, there is currently no time frame on when the update will be issued.
Equifax security breach blamed on known web vulnerability in Apache Struts
One week after announcing a major data breach affecting over 143 million consumers, Equifax is pointing blame at a security vulnerability in the Apache Struts web framework. However, the vulnerability was publicly announced in March and a patch was available months before the attack.
This is the iPhone X: Apple's flagship, reimagined
The iPhone X brings a complete overhaul to the iPhone's design language. Featuring a 5.8-inch full-body display, the iPhone X brings new innovations to Apple's flagship line, including improved camera optics, facial recognition, and a new CPU tuned for AI-driven tasks.
The Galaxy Note 8 is moderately repairable, according to iFixit
Scoring a 4 out of 10 in iFixit's most recent teardown, the Samsung Galaxy Note8 received positive praise for its modular internal components but was criticized for a heavy use in difficult to remove adhesive.
Equifax announces major security breach affecting 143 million customers in the U.S.
Equifax announced today that the personal information of over 143 million American consumers was compromised in late July. Items such as birth dates, social security numbers, and even drivers licenses were stolen by hackers, in addition to over 200,000 credit card numbers.
Vivo V7+ now available for preorder in India, boasts a 24 MP selfie shooter
The 6-inch smartphone features an 18:9 aspect ratio, a scree-to-body ratio of 84%, and a 24 MP selfie camera, all for IN₹21,990 (about US$344). Preorders in India begin today. The V7+ should start shipping out on September 15th.
Dual-camera dupe: some smartphones with dual-camera setups only have one camera enabled
A few videos recently posted to YouTube took a closer look at the Doogee Mix and found that the dual-camera setup actually uses one camera and some software tricks to simulate effects that would otherwise require two camera modules. The problem seems to be rampant among cheap Chinese smartphones.
CAT unveils two new ruggedized smartphones
The CAT S31 and S41 are the latest ruggedized smartphones from the manufacturer. Both devices are IP68 and MIL-SPEG-810 G certified and run Android Nougat.
Andy Rubin issues apology for Essential customer privacy debacle
After a massive privacy foul-up, Essential's Andy Rubin has issued a formal apology to customers that had their personal information emailed to other customers. Essential will provide affected individuals with a one-year subscription to LifeLock and, possibly, a free Essential Phone.
Toshiba Tecra X40-D (i7-7600U, FHD) Laptop Review
Carbon Copy. Toshiba's new Tecra X40-D is the Japanese manufacturer's latest entry in the thin-and-light business market and carries over several features from its smaller brother, the Portégé X30. Is the X40 able to differentiate itself enough, or is it more of the same in a larger package?
Purism turns to crowdfunding to develop their Linux-based smartphone
The Librem 5, currently up for preorder through a crowdfunding campaign, is Purism's attempt to create a privacy-focused smartphone. The phone will run a mobile variant of PureOS, which is Purism's own custom GNU/Linux-based operating system.
New leak shows off Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro
Thanks to a leaked product page, we now know several details of the upcoming Gear Fit 2 Pro fitness tracker/smartwatch from Samsung. While there aren't many changes from the previous Gear Fit 2, the Gear Fit 2 Pro will be water resistant to 50 meters.
New research paper demonstrates smartphone security hole in replacement hardware
A research team has successfully compromised a smartphone by injecting malicious code into the drivers for the touchscreen. The code allows full access to the device, including the ability to alter files, use the phone's camera, download malicious apps, and grant root access without unlocking the bootloader.
Fighting game classic Tekken is coming to Android and iOS
An adaptation of one of the most successful fighting game franchises is coming to mobile. BANDAI NAMCO recently announced Tekken Mobile, which should be arriving on iOS and Android devices soon.
Electronics wizard Ben Heck creates portable Nintendo 64
While we wait for the release of the SNES Classic Edition, why not take a look at an incredible mod of Nintendo's 3rd generation console? Ben Heck has finished his Nintendo 64 Portable, a modded Nintendo 64 built into a portable case.
TAITO Famicom "classic" Takeshi's Challenge now available on Android and iOS
Ever wanted a game where you play a middle-aged Japanese businessman experiencing a midlife crisis? The infamous Famicom title "Takeshi No Chousenjou" ("Takeshi's Challenge" in the West) is now available on Android and iOS.
Recall issued for Samsung Galaxy Note 4 batteries
Replacement batteries shipped as part of AT&T's Insurance program have now been recalled due to concerns about the batteries overheating and creating a fire hazard. Samsung has placed blame squarely on FedEx Supply Chain.
BLU R2 budget smartphone now available for preorder
The latest budget-tier smartphone from BLU is now available for $80, although buyers will have to eschew some modern comforts like LTE connectivity at that price. For an extra $30, the R2 LTE offers a slight spec bump and 4G LTE speeds.
The Ulefone Armor 2 is a budget-friendly ruggedized smartphone
The upcoming Armor 2 from Ulefone is a fairly inexpensive ruggedized smartphone. Powered by a MediaTek SoC and carrying an IP68 certification, the Armor 2 may make for a decent mid-tier rough-and-tumble phone.
It's now easier to hide root on your Android phone with suhide-lite
A new SuperSU package by developer Chainfire allows users to hide root status from specific apps, which can enable the use of certain apps on rooted devices that would otherwise be blocked via Google's SafetyNet API.
Garmin Vivoactive 3 takes design cues from other smartwatches in leaked photos
The upcoming fitness tracker from Garmin features a round face and an overhauled UI more reminiscent of Garmin's own Fenix line of wearables. This may position the Vivoactive 3 against competing smartwatches, especially Fitbit's upcoming smartwatch.
Leaked images show off YotaPhone 3
Images of what may be the upcoming Yota 3 have just been leaked. The images show off a much thinner and more modern looking smartphone than Yota's previous devices. On display is an elliptical fingerprint reader, a beautiful AMOLED main screen, and a 720p E-Ink secondary screen.
Windows may be moving to a unified mobile/desktop OS
According to rumors, Microsoft may soon be killing of development of Windows 10 Mobile in favor of pursuing a unified operating system that more closely ties development and features of the desktop version of Windows to a retooled iteration for smartphones.
Live photos show what may be the Google Pixel 2
Live photos show off what is likely a development model of the Google Pixel 2. There are slight changes to the aesthetic, but (sadly) a headphone jack is nowhere to be found.
Verizon releases security update for Samsung's flagship phones... from 2015
A new update for the Verizon Galaxy S5, Note 4, and Note Edge will roll out over the next few weeks, patching a few security holes and fixing some call-related bugs.
Leaks show off T-Mobile's budget-oriented REVVL T1 smartphone
T-Mobile has leaked information on the upcoming REVVL T1 via a support page for the device on their website. The budget-oriented device looks to be a competitor to other budget champs like the Motorola Moto E4.
BLU phones back on Amazon following privacy fears
After privacy concerns caused Amazon to delist some phones by budget smartphone manufacturer BLU, the products are once again available through the online retailer. Although BLU has denied allegations of any wrongdoing, privacy issues with budget Android phones may remain a concern.
Surprise! Amazon is selling an unlocked variant of the ZenFone AR in the U.S.
While Verizon began selling a carrier-exclusive version of the ZenFone AR yesterday, Amazon has now posted an unlocked variant with two options, one of which is $50 cheaper than Verizon's. The unlocked ZenFone AR is only compatible with GSM networks.
Fitbit says it will release a new smartwatch later this year
The wearables giant Fitbit has announced that their highly-anticipated smartwatch should be ready in time for the holiday season later this year. The smartwatch was delayed earlier this year, and while there isn't a hint of a specific release date, the device should be ready by Q4.
Lead designer of the Essential phone leaves the company
The head of UX for Essential, Liron Damir, has left the startup to work at Google in the Google Home division. This marks the third departure of a key employee at Essential in as many months.
Foxconn to open new LCD manufacturing plant in Wisconsin
Foxconn, the electronics manufacturer largely responsible for building components used in the iPhone, has announced their intention to construct an LCD manufacturing plant in Wisconsin. In return, the state of Wisconsin will pay the Taiwanese company US$3 billion in taxpayer subsidies.
Fairphone will stop software and hardware support for its first device
The Fairphone, which was meant to be an easily repairable, long lasting smartphone, will no longer be supported. Fairphone, the company behind the device, will no longer sell replacement parts and has halted software development.
More features of the Ataribox surface
The console will focus on both old and new titles, possibly positioning Atari to capitalize on the retro-fueled success of the NES Classic Edition. New press renders show off some connectivity, but very little is known about the console at this point.
Another key executive leaves Essential
Brian Wallace, former director of marketing for Essential, has left the startup. His departure follows that of Andy Fouché, former head of communications, last month. These departures will only add to Essential's recent problems.
HP 15-bw075ax (A12-9720P, Radeon R7) Laptop Review
Choppy waters. The HP 15-bw07ax brings AMD's newest high-end APU, the A12-9720P, to the market. However, the APU may be a bit too new - the system is remarkably unstable.
Vertu, the luxury smartphone maker, is shutting down its manufacturing arm
The uber-expensive smartphone brand has had to shutter its manufacturing business, leading to the loss of 200 jobs. The brand is now over $160 million in debt and may soon begin bankruptcy proceedings. Vertu phones may soon be a thing of the past.
Bixby button remapping is once again available for the Galaxy S8
In what is amounting to a game of Android developer chess, an XDA contributor has updated the bxActions app, allowing users to circumvent the recent Bixby button remapping block pushed out by Samsung to Sprint and T-Mobile Galaxy S8 devices. When will Samsung strike back?
Moto E4 Plus launches in India with a 5,000 mAh battery
The budget phone is now available in India for ₹9,999, or about USD $150. Packing a quad-core MediaTek MTK6737M and a massive 5,000 mAh battery, the phone runs Android 7.1.1 and may quickly become the budget-phone king.
Valve releases a bug fix - for the original Half-Life
The update fixes some crashes and patches a possible security hole in the original Half-Life title. But the question must be asked: does this update confirm Half Life 3? No.
HP 15-BW077AX (A9-9420, Radeon R5) Notebook Review
Slow and Steady. The HP 15-BW077AX is an entry-level laptop from HP with AMD's newest A9 APU. Despite its young age, the CPU feels years behind the competition and the notebook as a whole offers very little for prospective consumers.
Intel may limit or discontinue the Pentium G4560
Intel may be artificially reducing stock of the Pentium G4560 due to the CPU's cannibalization of sales of the Core i3 line, which is double the MSRP of the Pentium while only offering a small bump in performance. Expect prices for the G4560 to continue rising.
AMOLED displays fast approaching price parity with LCD panels
The price of manufacturing a 5.5-inch FHD AMOLED display is now a mere 10 cents more than a 5.5-inch LCD panel. Market researchers are expecting the market for AMOLED to grow by 63% this year, and that by 2020, 50% of smartphones will have an AMOLED screen.
Steam Link now available as an app for Samsung Smart TVs (in beta)
Valve has just released a beta Steam Link App for Samsung's Smart Hub app store. The app is compatible with Samsung UHD TVs from 2016 and 2017.
Sequent is a self-charging smartwatch on Kickstarter
By using a kinetic charging system, the Sequent smartwatch promises to be the world's first fitness tracker and smartwatch with an "infinite" battery life.
Moto G5S Plus specs leaked
A possible new model of the Moto G5 may bring more premium materials, a larger screen, and a dual-camera setup for vastly improved photos.
PS4 on PC: Sony brings PlayStation 4 games to PC via PlayStation Now
Sony has released 20 PlayStation 4 titles as a part of their PlayStation Now game streaming service. By using PS Now, these games can be played on either a PlayStation 4 or PC.
Android July update now available for Nexus and Pixel smartphones
July's Android security patch is here for Nexus and Pixel devices and fixes a few vulnerabilities that (thankfully) haven't been widely exploited yet.
ROCK64, a 4K-capable single-board computer, now available
The new media-centric single-board PC from Pine64 is powered by a Rockchip RK3328 with support for the H.265 codec and 4K video playback.
Motorola announces slew of new Moto Mods
Lenovo-owned Motorola announces several new Moto Mods at a press event in Ghana, Africa earlier this week. Among them are a 360-degree camera, a speaker from Marshall, and a DSLR Mod with switchable lenses.
The Sharp X1 is an Android One device with a huge battery
The Sharp X1 features a 5.3-inch FHD IGZO display, a Snapdragon 435, 3 GB of RAM, and a huge 3,900 mAh battery. The device will be available in Japan as a part of the Android One initiative.
Toshiba Portégé X30 (i7-7600U, 256 GB) Laptop Review
Featherweight champion? Toshiba's Portégé X30 packs tons of features in one of the lightest bodies currently available. Can the X30 compete with other thin-and-light heavyweights, or will it get knocked out?
Moto Z2 specs leaked on GFXBench
According to a leaked GFXBench listing, the Moto Z2 will feature a Snapdragon 835, 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage, and a 5.5-inch 2K display.
Lexar memory cards and flash drives have been discontinued
Micron Technology, Inc., stated that they will discontinue the Lexar brand of removable storage devices in an effort to pursue "higher value markets."
Smach Z handheld gaming PC likely to be delayed (again)
Due to a disagreement with a key hardware partner, the Smach Z handheld gaming PC is likely to run into further delays (if not cancellation).
Super Nintendo Classic Edition now official, available September 29
Following in the footsteps of the now-discontinued NES Classic Edition, Nintendo will continue to capitalize on the retro gaming market with the SNES Classic Edition. The new mini-console will feature 21 SNES games and will retail for $80 on September 29.
Windows 10 S can be infected with malware
While Microsoft has claimed that Windows 10 S is not vulnerable to any currently known malware, a clever cybersecurity professional has found an exploit in Microsoft Word that can run malicious code in the operating system.
Google Glass gets updated after three years of silence
Both the MyGlass Android app and the firmware on Google Glass devices have been updated out of the blue.
Virgin Mobile goes iPhone-only and offers a year of unlimited talk, text, and data for $1
As part of their new Inner Circle service plan, the British-based MVNO will only sell iPhones. New customers can sign up and get unlimited talk, text, and data for an entire year for only $1.
Samsung may be developing a 2,000 ppi VR headset
If rumors are to be believed, Samsung is developing an ultra-high resolution OLED display that has a staggering pixel density of 2,000 ppi. This display may be used in a stand alone VR headset from Samsung, which would make for the most immersive VR experience yet.
Intel's Cannonlake may be coming to Chromebooks
Intel's upcoming 10 nm CPUs may make an appearance in Chrome devices, according to a new commit found in the Chromium development repositories.
Lenovo Yoga 720-15IKB (7700HQ, FHD, GTX 1050) Laptop Review
Convertible Powerhouse. The Lenovo Yoga line has long been the leader in the 2-in-1 notebook market. With the redesigned Yoga 720, the Chinese manufacturer looks to expand that dominance. Can the 15-inch model be flexible enough for consumers, or will it snap under pressure?
Debian 9 "Stretch" now available
The update brings enhanced security features, more accessible debug tools, and updates to over 51,000 software packages throughout the Debian repositories.
You can now stream PC games to your rooted Android device via Moonlight
Using the new Moonlight app, you can set your Android phone to spoof an NVIDIA Shield device, allowing for game streaming from your PC. You'll need to root the Android device and have at least an NVIDIA GTX 600-series GPU with support for GameStream.
The Moto Z2 may make its debut later this month
According to an invite posted online today, Lenovo is announcing something on June 27. Looking at the image on the invite, the device is likely the Moto Z2.
MSI GS73VR 7RF (7700HQ, GTX 1060, 4K) Laptop Review
Iterative improvement. The GS73VR walks a delicate line between power and portability by packing NVIDIA's Pascal GPUs into a thin chassis late last summer. Now that a Kaby Lake option is available, are Intel's 7th generation chips worth the cost to upgrade the recent redesign of MSI's 17.3-inch thin-and-light?
Pixel XL 2 rumored to be cancelled
Multiple sources are reporting that Google has cancelled project "muskie," which was speculated to be a successor to Google's 2016 flagship Pixel XL.
Sprint offers a free year of data to non-customers willing to switch
The smallest of the Big 4 is offering unlimited voice, text, and data for free for an entire year. This is the latest move by Sprint to pilfer customers from its rivals.
Age of Empires celebrates 20 years with a 4K remaster
Age of Empires: Definitive Edition updates the PC classic with revamped gameplay mechanics and a visual 4K overhaul. Signup for the closed beta starts today.
Alpha, the team behind the Litebook, introduces new notebook and desktop
Alpha, who released the Litebook back in March, recently announced two new devices running Elementary OS: the Litebox (a compact desktop) and the Centurion (an i7-equipped notebook).
Reddit designs new volume controls with hilarious results
Leave it to the Internet to put too much thought in redesigning one of the simplest mechanics in modern computers with pretty funny results.
Asus Chromebook Flip C213 now listed on Amazon
The C213 is meant for education markets, but its solid spec sheet, ample connectivity, and option for an HD+ screen could make it a sleeper hit among Chromebook users.
The JXD S192k is a Rockchip-powered Android gaming tablet
The new device is currently up for preorder and is powered by a Rockchip RK3288, 4 GB of RAM, and a 10,000 mAh battery. The device may also ship with 18 emulators preloaded onto it and a download center tailored for retro ROMs.
Apple announces HomePod smart speaker
The HomePod is a competent speaker built around Siri. The speaker can recognize where it's placed in a room in order to direct sound for a fuller, richer music experience. The speaker also includes full Siri interaction.
Apple introduces new iMac AIOs, including the powerful iMac Pro
Apple's new All-in-Ones are equipped with Intel Kaby Lake CPUs, Iris Pro integrated graphics, and options for high-res displays and dedicated AMD Radeon GPUs. The iMac Pro, a completely new device, will pack a punch with an 18-core Xeon processor and AMD Vega graphics.
Apple brings VR to macOS with Metal and AMD's Radeon 500 series GPUs
The new Metal 2 and Metal for VR APIs bring VR support to macOS for the first time, as well as support for external GPUs and AMD's RX 500 series graphics cards.
Apple shows off WatchOS 4 at WWDC
The updated OS brings some small tweaks, including a Siri-enabled watch face, better music management, and the ability to sync activity tracking to select exercise machines.
Andy Rubin's Essential brand accused of trademark infringement
Spigen, a smartphone manufacturer that owns trademark rights to the term "Essential," has sent a Cease and Desist order to Andy Rubin's Essential company. Claiming that Essential infringed on their copyright, Spigen demanded that Essential stop using the trademark.
Oppo R11 press images leaked
The leaked press images reveal the color options of the phone and confirm some of the rumors concerning the phone's design.
The Pokemon Company catches huge boost in profits
Due to the success of Pokémon Go, The Pokémon Company saw their net profits jump from $5.6 million in 2015 to over $140 million in 2016.
Dell unveils VR-ready Inspiron 27 7000 All-in-One desktop PC
The AIO can be configured with up to a Ryzen 7 1700 CPU and up to a Radeon RX 580 for VR gaming.
Dell announces Inspiron 24 5000 AIO with AMD APU and GPU options
The All-in-One features AMD APUs and an optional Radeon RX560. The 23.8-inch display can be configured with or without touch and ships with an optional articulating arm.
Gigabyte unveils P56XT notebook powered by a GTX 1070
The performance-oriented laptop features a Core i7-7700HQ CPU and an NVIDIA GTX 1070, as well as options for a 4K screen, up to 4 storage drives, and a per-key RGB-backlit keyboard.
Acer's ultra-thin Predator Triton 700 gaming notebook is coming in August
The Triton 700, which was announced in April, is shaping up to be one of the leaders in the renewed push of thin-and-light gaming notebooks.
MSI debuts monster GT75VR Titan gaming notebook
The GT75VR Titan is a gaming powerhouse with dual GTX 1070s, an unlocked i7-7820HK CPU, and a 4K 120 Hz display that MSI says covers 100% of the AdobeRGB spectrum.
MSI introduces new peripherals for gaming desktops and notebooks
MSI's new peripherals feature premium specifications and MSI's new Mystic Light RGB lighting scheme for a fully customizable setup.
Asus ROG GL753VE (7700HQ, 1050 Ti) Laptop Review
Sweet spot. Asus typically tweaks the different iterations of their gaming notebooks by using different GPU solutions. Has the Taiwanese manufacturer hit a sweet spot with the GL753VE and its GTX 1050 Ti?
"Cloak and Dagger" vulnerability can leave your Android phone open to attack
The exploit, which has long been theorized, was confirmed by computer security researchers. By using invisible overlays and some clever social engineering, hackers can quickly gain full control to an Android device.
Vulnerability found in subtitle system of VLC, Kodi, and other media players
By injection malicious code into subtitle files, hackers are able to take full control of a device that loads the malicious subtitles. The exploit affects four of the biggest media streaming services: VLC, Kodi, Popcorn Time, and Strem.io.
Asus ZenScreen MB16AC external monitor is coming in July
The portable monitor connects to a computer via USB Type-C and can offer a dual display setup on the go.
Acer announces Nitro 5 gaming notebook with either an NVIDIA or AMD GPU
With either an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti or an AMD RX 550, Acer's new mainstream gaming notebook offers quite a few options.
Apple and Samsung dominate 2017 American Customer Satisfaction Index
The two brands claimed every spot in the ACSI's top 20 smartphones ranked according to customer satisfaction.
The MateBook X is Huawei's new flagship notebook
The MateBook X is a new compact ultrabook from Huawei that is very reminiscent of a certain rival's thin-and-light.
Huawei announces MateBook E convertible notebook
The MateBook E improves on several aspects of the original, including a higher resolution screen, a redesigned keyboard and hinge, and options for new Kaby Lake processors.
Asus may hop on the slim bezel trend with rumored VivoBook S15
The 7.8 mm bezel allows a 15.6-inch display to fit in the body of a typical 14" notebook, according to Asus.
HIS quietly releases single-slot RX 550 GPU
The single-slot GPU packs an RX 550 with a small core clock boost in a small footprint.
Rooted phones may not be able to download some apps from the Google Play Store
A new update to the Play Console allows developers to restrict access to their apps based on SafetyNet testing. They can hide apps from phones that fail SafetyNet (i.e., rooted devices).
Lenovo updates Flex line of notebooks with a new design and improved internals
The new and improved Flex 5 14" and Flex 5 15" have slimmer bezels, Intel's 7th generation Kaby Lake processors, and NVIDIA's GeForce 940 MX GPU.
NVIDIA GeForce Gt 1030 now available
The low-cost GPU seems positioned for eSports titles and multimedia-oriented PCs. The card is now available for purchase from several stores. Prices range from $70-80.
Google announces Android Go, a light version of Android for inexpensive smartphones
Android Go will be Android tailored for cheap, low-cost smartphones. The OS will be lighter, and apps will require less resources to run. Rollouts are expected to start in 2018.
Aorus X3 Plus v7 (i7-7820HK, GTX 1060) Xotic PC Edition Laptop Review
Small screamer. The Aorus X3 Plus v7 brings a lot of power in a tiny package. While the internals are impressive, thermals and noise present problems. Emissions aside, the X3 Plus v7 is a capable and portable gaming notebook.
Google hopes to speed up Android updates from OEMs with Project Treble
Project Treble aims to create an API, allowing vendors to focus on changes to the Android framework rather than changing specific code in the OS for their devices. The result will hopefully be faster and more reliable OS updates from all OEMs.
Google's "Taimen" phone leaks on Geekbench
The next flagship from Google may have been posted on Geekbench 4, giving us a first look at its speedy performance.
Verizon snatches Straight Path from under AT&T to secure 5G spectrum space
Verizon has outbid AT&T for the purchase of Straight Path, a small company that holds several hundred licenses in the 39 GHz and 28 GHz spectrums. Verizon will close the $3.1 billion deal over the next 9 months.
Ubuntu available in the Windows Store; SUSE and Fedora to come soon
The Linux "apps" will essentially run the distro through a compatibility layer. Users will have access to Bash and the Linux command line.
Samsung may be working on a flagship-class flip phone
The clamshell design may live on in a rumored Samsung device boasting some smartphone features, including OLED displays, a fingerprint reader, and a Snapdragon 430.
Sprint plans to offer 2.5 GHz 5G by late 2019
The 4th largest cellular carrier in the U.S. is aiming to bring 5G to commercial clients in late 2019.
Indie hit To The Moon comes to Android
Highly praised for its story and soundtrack, To the Moon now brings its one-of-a-kind experience to Android.
Apple hits $800 billion market valuation
The Cupertino Giant set a record at market close on Tuesday by eclipsing $800 billion in market capitalization, a first for any U.S. company.
GemBoy brings the Game Boy to Samsung Gear S2 and Gear S3
The Game Boy and Game Boy Color Emulator is a unique way to play classic titles from Nintendo's first handheld console.
Apple offers free repairs on iPad Pro's Smart Keyboard for three years
Due to "functional issues," Apple will extend the replacement and repair warrant for the iPad Pro's Smart Keyboard to three years from the date of purchase.
Blackberry pulls Priv and Passport from online store
The smartphones were pulled from Blackberry's online store this morning, as well as older devices like the Classic. The DTEK50 and DTEK60 are still available for purchase at discounted prices.
Supposed leak reveals AMD Vega GPU specs
A recent Linux Direct Rendering Manager, supposedly from AMD, contains the specifications of an unnamed Vega GPU. The card in question has 8 GB of HBM2 and posted 12.5 TFLOPS of performance.
Ben Heck completes repair of Nintendo Playstation prototype
A long-rumored prototype of the Super NED CD-ROM was finally found back in 2015. While it could play SNES cartridges, the CD-ROM would not work. After about a year and a half of work, electronics wizard Ben Heck has completed repairs on the prototype.
GOG and Steam celebrate May the Fourth with Star Wars game sales
Online game distributors Steam and GOG are currently running huge sales on Star Wars games. May the Fourth be with you.
Edge and Bing are the only defaults available in Windows 10 S
Windows 10 S does not allow users to change their default web browser or search engine, leaving Edge and Bing as the only default options for surfing and searching.
Jelly smartphone brings Android 7.0 and 4G in a 2.45-inch package
The device claims to be the world's smallest 4G capable smartphone. Measuring in at 1.7" by 3.6" by 0.5", it can accurately lay claim to that title.
Amazon will end its free mobile app program this summer
The Amazon Underground app store will no longer accept submission after May 31st. Amazon will also no longer list free apps for Android after this summer.
Acer launches TravelMate Spin B1 with Windows 10 S
The new convertible is aimed squarely at the education market and is one of the first devices to run Microsoft's new Windows 10 S. Coming in at about $300, the Spin B1 features a rugged build and entry-level specs.
NuAns NEO [Reloaded] hopes to bring huge customization to smartphones
The smartphone, which hit Indiegogo this week, offers a two-pieced backing that can be made from two different materials (out of several options) and a customized leather wallet case. The smartphone itself will have midrange specs.
Riven, the sequel to Myst, is now on Android
The adventure continues in Noodlecake Studio's Android port of Riven, the sequel to the classic PC adventure game Myst.
Ars Technica and GOG are giving away copies of The Witcher: Enhanced Edition
To celebrate a new partnership, Ars Technica and GOG are giving away free codes for The Witcher: Enhanced Edition for PC or Mac for the next two days.
AMD announces Radeon Pro Duo dual GPU for professionals
The upcoming Radeon Pro Duo will feature two GPUs on a single card. The professional grade graphics card will have a whopping 32 GB of VRAM and is able to hit 11.45 TFLOPS.
Ubuntu Phone support will end in June, app store will close in December
The mobile OS will no longer be updated after June of this year, while the Ubuntu Touch app store will be closed by the end of the year. These moves will essentially kill off Ubuntu Touch.
Lenovo ThinkPad 13 (Core i3-7100U, Full HD) Laptop Review
Entry-level update. Intel's Kaby Lake platform has been appearing on more and more notebooks, and now Lenovo has updated the ThinkPad 13 with the 7th Generation processors. Does the new platform bring enough of a performance increase to warrant an upgrade?
Apple reduces commissions to App Store affiliates by 64%
Apple's App Store affiliates will now earn 2.5% for apps downloaded via their affiliate ID, down from 7%.
MSI unveils thin-and-light GP62X and GP72X Leopard Pro gaming notebooks
Starting at $1,099, both notebooks pack at GTX 1050, GTX 1050 Ti, or GTX 1060 (3 GB) into a relatively small and light chassis.
Apple may replace your broken iPad 4 with an iPad Air 2
Customers that bring in an iPad 4 for repairs to authorized Apple service centers or Apple stores may have their device replaced with an iPad Air 2.
Nintendo discontinues NES Classic Edition console
Despite continuing high demand for the retro console, Nintendo of America announced that they will discontinue the NES Classic Edition by the end of this month.
Gamecube on the go: Dolphin emulator runs smoothly on the Galaxy S8
A video from GuruAidTechSupport shows off the Gamecube emulator Dolphin running at an incredibly smooth framerate on a display model of the Samsung Galaxy S8. While the emulator has been around for a while, this is one of the first times we've seen gameplay this smooth.
Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty Zapus now available
The new version brings improved printer support and the option to run the Unity 8 desktop environment, as well as some other small changes.
Anbox brings Android to Linux
The tool runs Android in a container which allows it to share the kernal and system resources with the Linux distro on which it runs. The software is still in pre-alpha but looks promising.
Sudo Mod's mintyPi 2.0 fits a game console in an Altoids tin
Thanks to the small size of the Raspberry Pi Zero W, Sudo Mod has created a beautiful retro gaming system into an Altoids case.
Google invests $880 million in LG's OLED technology
The investment is meant to shore up supply of LG's flexible OLED displays that Google plans to use in their next flagship smartphone.
Lenovo dethrones Apple in Laptop Mag's "Best & Worst Laptop Brands" list for 2017
Lenovo has claimed the top spot from Apple in Laptop Mag's annual brand ranking. The Cupertino giant fell to 5th place due to controversial design changes in its Macbook and Macbook Pro lines.
The Windows Store has officially banned emulators
Microsoft's latest policy change for the official Windows Store bans emulators outright. However, the software can still be found and downloaded online.
Hackers compromise U.S. taxpayer data through university financial aid system
Using an exploit in the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and tools used to retrieve tax data, hackers were able to breach part of the IRS database and steal personal data for 100,000 U.S. taxpayers.
Eurocom unveils lightweight PX7 Pro SE Mobile Server
The notebook is designed for heavy server loads and packs an Intel Xeon E3-1505M, up to 64 GB of ECC memory, and up to 16 GB of RAID 0/1/5 storage.
Ubuntu kills Unity desktop, shifts focus to GNOME
Canonical is stopping all development on the Unity desktop and shifting focus to the GNOME desktop.
Titan Xp now official, will also support Mac OS X
The new GPU is equipped with 12 GB of GDDR5X memory clocked at 11.4 Gbps, 3840 CUDA cores clocked at ~1.6 GHz, and boasts 12 TFLOPs of performance. Nvidia will also begin developing drivers for Mac OS X.
4K on the Xbox: Project Scorpio specs revealed
The upcoming Microsoft console features 12 GB of GDDR5 VRAM, an octa-core x86 processor clocked at 2.3 GHz, and enough graphical horsepower for 4K 60fps gameplay.
New Pebble update allows smartwatch to keep ticking
The latest update to the Pebble app allows the smartwatches to continue functioning even when not connected to Pebble's servers.
Self-healing touchscreens may be here by 2020
A new polymer developed by researchers at the University of California Riverside can stitch itself back together from a tear or scratch in under 24 hours. The research lead thinks the material could debut on smartphones by 2020.
Twitch's online game store now open for business
The new service will allow users to buy the PC game in the stream they're watching. The store will offer 50 titles to start, and Twitch Partners will get 5% of purchases made from their stream.
Alcatel unveils smartphone with four cameras
The new Alcatel Flash features a dual rear-facing camera setup and two front-facing cameras.
AOL and Yahoo to be combined into new Verizon sub-brand, dubbed "Oath"
Verizon will merge AOL, Yahoo, and all associated brands under a single "house" named Oath. It appears that Oath will serve as a brand manager for the myriad of names within it.
Apple is planning to redesign the Mac Pro
In a press interview, senior staff at Apple said that the company is "completely rethinking the Mac Pro." Plans for a redesign are in motion, but a new Mac Pro likely won't arrive until next year at the earliest.
Nintendo Switch users claim their consoles are warping
Nintendo's new Switch may be prone to warping. While the cause is unknown, current speculation suggests that leaving the console in its dock may cause heat buildup which could warp the chassis.
Seeing double: Yotaphone 3 preorders may start this summer
A new teaser image on Yota's website hints that a new device will be available for preorder this summer.
Sony Xperia XZs will go on sale April 5th
The Xperia XZs is now available for preorder on Amazon and will go on sale April 5th. Priced at $699, the Xperia XZs pairs an impressive camera with outdated internals.
DDR5 memory is coming, and it is fast
The new standard promises to bring twice the bandwidth and density over current DDR4 memory. Publication is expected to be finalized in 2018.
Blizzard releases original Starcraft for free
The title is currently available for free on Battle.net. Technically a public beta test of version 1.18, the single player campaign is available in its entirety, and multiplayer is available through PTR.
Palmer Luckey, inventor of the Oculus Rift, exits Facebook
Luckey, who co-founded Oculus and was a driving force in the development of the Rift VR headset, will be leaving Facebook on Friday.
Android Wear 2.0 update halted and delayed
After discovering a bug, Google has delayed any future rollouts of Android Wear 2.0
United States House of Representatives votes to allows ISPs to sell browsing history
Both the House and Senate have now voted to allow ISPs to sell the personal data of their customers. The measure will go before President Trump, who is expected to sign the bill into action.
Microsoft Office can run on Chromebooks via CrossOver
Using CrossOver Android, James Ramey (president of CodeWeavers) was able to run MS Word 2013 on his Asus Chromebook Flip C100. The group plans to have a preview of the software released before the end of the month.
Apple iOS 10.3 now publicly available
The update brings a shift to Apple's new APFS file system, which should increase overall system performance and better allocate storage space. There are a few other changes as well.
Intel Optane storage coming to consumer markets
The fast storage solution will be available in 16 GB ($44) and 32 GB ($77) capacities. Their primary use seems to be as a fast cache drive for a larger SSD or HDD.
Rising from the ashes: Samsung will sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7 devices
Samsung confirmed today that they will attempt to refurbish and sell recalled Galaxy Note 7 smartphones. Phones that are not qualified for refurbishment will be torn down and recycled.
Original Starcraft is getting a 4K remaster
One of the most popular RTS games on the PC is getting a graphical and audio overhaul, including a bump to 4K resolutions and tweaks to the story and gameplay experience.
Most Android devices are running old security patches and could be vulnerable
A whopping 71% of Android devices in the United States run security patches that are 2 months old or older. This could leave them vulnerable to exploits made known in the latest security update logs.
Wikileaks says the CIA specifically targeted Apple products
The notorious activist group says that the CIA developed specialized tools to specifically target and infiltrate Apple products, namely Macbooks and iPhones. The tools have been in use since at least 2008.
Asus Strix GL702VS (7700HQ, FHD, GTX 1070) Xotic PC Edition Notebook Review
Hot stuff! The Asus GL702VS is one of many options for gamers hunting power in a portable package. Equipped with high-end components in a relatively thin and light chassis, the notebook brings high details in modern titles without breaking backs. Can the device keep its cool, or will it melt under pressure?
T-Mobile fights scammers with call warnings
Two new programs, Scam ID and Scam Block, will help T-Mobile customers avoid scam phone calls by identifying known scam numbers and warning users. Clients can also opt in to Scam Block, which outright blocks known scammers.
Casio introduces new traditional timepieces at Baselworld 2017
The timepiece maker introduced a new watch in each of the G-Shock, Edifice, and Baby-G lines. The new watches look tough and have full feature sets.
Fashion company Guess to release Android Wear smartwatches
The global fashion company is joining the growing list of smartwatch retailers this fall.
Ben Heck tears the Nintendo Switch apart
Ben Heck, known for poking around in modern and retro electronics, tore into the Nintendo Switch to see what was inside. The console seems to be fairly accessible and serviceable.
Samsung officially announces Bixby virtual assistant
Samsung's new digital assistant, Bixby, is "fundamentally different" from the competition's digital assistants. With advanced artificial intelligence at its core, Bixby will debut on the Galaxy S8. Samsung hopes to eventually bring the assistant to all of its appliances.
Zotac set to release business-centric mini PCs at CeBIT 2017
The small form factor PCs are meant for business professionals and sport features like Intel AMT and Intel UNITE.
Amazon's Alexa comes to iOS
The digital assistant is currently only available in Amazon's own app and is somewhat limited in what it can do. However, it can still query information, order products, and control other connected devices in a smart home.
Google offers a solution to content management through Family Link
The service (currently invite-only) allows parents to restrict their children's use of Android devices. Parents can control what apps are downloaded, limit screentime, and lock a device at certain intervals during the day.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 spotted on Best Buy for $599 USD
The Tab 3 is the latest (and most expensive) tablet from Samsung. Sporting high-end specs expected of a flagship, it will be available soon for about $600.
Overclockers, start your engines! G.SKILL announces OC World Cup 2017
Overclockers can compete for a grand prize of $10,000. The first qualifying round opens from March 17 to April 18 on hwbot.org.
Asus ROG Strix GL553VD (7700HQ, FHD, GTX 1050) Laptop Review
Pricey budget gamer. Budget gaming notebooks are becoming increasingly popular thanks to GPUs like the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050, and Asus has decided to throw their hat into the budget ring with the GL553VD. The notebook packs modest hardware into a well-built chassis with some nice extras, but are these factors worth the additional cost?
Sony to start streaming PlayStation 4 games to PC later this year
Sony's PlayStation Now service will expand to include current generation PS4 titles later this year. The service currently allows subscribers to stream games from the original PlayStation through the PS3 to their PS4 or Windows PC.
Google says it has patched exploits used by the CIA
Google is confident that the latest versions of Android and Chrome are not vulnerable to the hacking tools detailed in the latest Wikileaks dump. Older versions of the software, however, may still be vulnerable.
ZTE to pay $1.2 billion in fines to the U.S. for breaking sanctions
After a 5 year investigation, ZTE pled guilty to charges that it sold hardware to North Korea and Iran. Both countries are embargoed by the United States. ZTE will be fined about $1.2 billlion.
Firefox 52 released
The update brings WebAssembly, which brings near-native performance to web-based apps.
HP updates EliteDesk 800 business desktop line
The new lineup includes a VR-ready powerhouse, a standard business desktop in a smaller size, and a tiny mini-PC that could rival Intel's NUC.
FreedomPop begins selling its own smartphone
The FreedomPop V7 is a decidedly budget smartphone aimed at users that need only the basics. FreedomPop will begin selling the device in the UK and Spain before rolling it out to other markets.
IBM creates IBM Q to sell quantum computers
Quantum computing may be years off, but IBM thinks the technology has come far enough to begin programming and applying quantum computers. Big Blue plans to start programming a new API for the machines.
Nintendo's Joy-Con controllers for Switch can connect to PCs, Macs, and Android
The controllers are not exclusive to Nintendo's Switch. They can sync with Windows, OS X, and Android devices, offering a unique play experience and more controller options for gamers.
Amazon's Alexa may soon be able to make phone calls, intercom with other devices
If rumors are to be believed, Amazon is working on bringing VoIP calling and intercom features to the next generation of Alexa-enabled devices.
Litebook laptop brings Linux at low cost
The $249 laptop runs elementary OS, a Linux distribution. The Litebook looks to compete with Chromebooks while offering a full desktop operating system.
Pinebook prototype appears in photos online
The Pinebook, a $99 laptop made for Linux, was delayed last month. Pine64, the group behind the laptop, hasn't said anything since they missed their February goal. However, photos have recently surfaced of an Pinebook prototype.
YouTube on the Tube: Google announces YouTube TV streaming service
The service will cost $35/month for 6 accounts. It will feature content from ABC, NBC, Fox, CBS, and about 35 other channels.
Leaked images show a Blackberry made for Indonesia
The BBC100-1 may be coming to Indonesian markets soon. The low-specced device looks like a budget affair from Blackberry.
Huawei P10 and P10+ now official, feature photo enhancement
The new flagships from Huawei, the P10 and P10 Plus, feature improved rear-facing cameras from Leica, as well as a Leica engineered front-facing cameras. In addition to the new photo enhancements, the P10 and P10 Plus will be available in a myriad of colors.
LG officially unveils G6: Ultrawide on-the-go
The LG G6 is now official: 5.7" display with an aspect ratio of 2:1, Snapdragon 821, 4 GB of RAM, and an interesting dual-camera setup. Noticeably absent is support for LG's Friends.
Huawei Watch 2 leaks: sporty design with cellular chops
Recently leaked images of the Huawei Watch 2 show off a sport-centric design and nanoSIM slot for cellular connections. The Watch 2 may debut at MWC next week.
Samsung launches Exynos Series 9 8895 SoC
The Exynos 8895 is built on Samsung's 10 nm FinFET process and offers some notable improvements over last generations Exynos processors.
Verizon will pilot 5G wireless speeds in the U.S. this year
The wireless giant will begin rolling out 5G connectivity in 11 urban centers during the first half of 2017. The new protocol will only be available to select customers.
NES Classic Edition can run other console emulators
Ever wanted to play Sega Genesis/Megadrive games on a Nintendo console? A recent mod for the NES Classic Edition makes this dream a reality.
HTC will stop making entry-level smartphones by end of year
Citing increased competition and low profit margins, HTC will exit the budget smartphone market by the end of 2017.
Note 7 resurrected: Samsung could begin to refurbish and sell Galaxy Note 7
According to a South Korean news outlet, Samsung may refurbished recalled Galaxy Note 7 units with smaller capacity batteries and new outer casings.
Apple rumored to update iPad Pro, iPhones in March
According to Japanese website Mac Otakara, the Cupertino Giant will add several new sizes of iPad Pro and new colors to the iPhone SE and iPhone 7 lines.
Supposed teardown of Nintendo's Switch gives an idea of what makes it tick
A teardown of what might be Nintendo's Switch gives us a peek into what we might see in the upcoming console.
Glitz and glam on the go: MOXYO Showtime Glass adds sparkle to your iPhone's screen
Showtime Glass is a tempered glass screen protector for iPhones. It has embedded glitter that "sparkles in any light condition" but is not visible when the display is on.
Acer TravelMate P449-M-7407 Notebook Review
Second best. The P449-M-7407 is the latest 14" notebook from Acer's TravelMate series. The device is aimed at business professionals looking for a portable and affordable notebook in the highly competitive business market. While it has its shortcomings, the P449 is a well-rounded device. Can this Jack of all trades best the competition, or is it merely the court fool?
Linux on Kaby Lake: System76 now offers 7th generation Intel CPUs and NVIDIA GTX 10-series GPUs
System76 sells laptops running Ubuntu, an open-source Linux distribution. The company has recently started selling modern notebooks with Kaby Lake CPUs and the latest graphics cards from NVIDIA.
Moto G5 and G5 Plus specs leak online
A Spanish retailer accidentally posted press images for the phones, detailing in full the specification list for each device. The images were copied and reposted before they could be taken down.
GPD updates Win mini PC
The pocket-sized PC gets some notable improvements, including a faster Intel Atom processor and a higher quality keyboard.
Verizon will offer unlimited data plans starting February 13th
Big Red goes uncapped with its new unlimited data plan, an interesting move for a company known for restrictive mobile data caps. Is this a response to increasing market pressure from T-Mobile?
Samsung's Chromebook Plus now available for purchase
The Chromebook comes with a built-in stylus and support for Android apps via the Google Play Store for Chrome. Current retail price is $449.
Xiaomi may be making its own mobile SoC, codenamed "Pinecone"
Xiaomi may be joining Huawei as the second Chinese smartphone company to manufacture a mobile system-on-a-chip, or SoC.
Prices for AMD's Ryzen CPUs leaked
The pricing, if true, is incredibly aggressive and comes in at under half the cost of what could be the closest competitor from Intel.
Coffee Lake's Coming: Intel's 8th gen chips will arrive in late 2017
The 8th generation of Intel chips, Coffee Lake, is slated for release in the second half of 2017. Intel states that the chips will bring a 15% performance boost, but will they be competitive with Ryzen?
Google releases Android Wear 2.0
The update brings several new features to Android smartwatches including improved fitness tracking, better message response options, and Google Assistant.
The Gameband aims to put Pong on your wrist
The smartwatch runs a version of Android specially tuned for playing games. So far, the Gameband supports some original Atari 2600 games and the indie game Terraria.
Cube's upcoming i35 notebook sports a 3000 x 2000 resolution screen
The Cube i35 will have a high-res screen but low-powered processor. Intel's Core M3-7Y30 CPU sits at the heart of the thin-and-light but may not be enough to power the dense display.
Lenovo Yoga 720 leaked on Notebook Italia
The leak states that the Lenovo Yoga 720 may have a Kaby Lake CPU and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050.
Super Slow: Sony develops smartphone camera capable of recording 1080p at almost 1,000 fps
The new sensor can capture 19.3 megapixel still images in 1/120 seconds and can record 1080p video at 960 fps, allowing for incredible slow-motion playback.
Lenovo updates ThinkPad workstation line with P71, P51, and P51s
Lenovo has refreshed their ThinkPad Workstations. The P51s is a thin-and-light workstation class notebook, the P51 now has a 4K screen with 100% color gamut coverage, and the P71 is a VR-ready workhorse.
Cyanogen, Inc. might be renamed to Andrasta
Cyanogen Inc. may be rebranding itself as Andrasta in order to separate future operations from the Cyanogen name.
Jawbone seeks exit from retail market to pursue medical businesses
The maker of the UP3 and other fitness wearables has been silent for a long time. Reports are now flying that Jawbone may be exiting the consumer market to focus on more lucrative clinics and medical businesses.
End of an Era: Google Now Launcher will soon be discontinued
Google plans to delist the Google Now Launcher by the end of March and remove it from the list of approved launchers for use by OEMs.
LG fixes 5K UltraFine monitors to shield them from WiFi routers
LG's new UltraFine displays would fail when placed within 2 meters (~6 feet) of a WiFi router. LG has stated they will add additional shield to all future units to correct the problem.
Mozilla eliminates Firefox OS development team
After discontinuing Firefox OS in September, Mozilla has now disbanded the development team and will be laying off 50 employees.
NVIDIA Shield Pro now available
For $299, the Shield Pro brings much more storage (500 GB) and support for microSD cards. However, the Pro is equipped with the same Tegra X1 processor as the entry-level Shield TV.
Barnes & Noble issues recall on NOOK Tablet 7 power adapters
Due to problems with the charger casing falling apart, Barnes & Noble has issued a recall. Affected users that send in their power adapters will receive a new charger and a $5 gift card.
OnePlus and Meizu caught cheating on benchmarks
Both companies' flagships were found to maintain high clock speeds instead of idling based on which app was currently opened. This happened with benchmarking apps like Geekbench and AnTuTu.
Nintendo financial highlights: Pokemon pays big, hardware sales slow
Nintendo hit it big this holiday season with Pokemon Sun and Moon, while Wii U sales continued to falter. Smartphone app sales were mixed.
Coin to shut down mobile payment services in February
While their wallet devices will still operate, all app and support services will shut down at the end of next month.
Plex acquires news streaming service Watchup
The media streaming service Plex will bring reliable news streaming into the mix with the acquisition of Watchup.
Farewell to a legend: NAMCO founder Masaya Nakamura has passed away
The Founder and CEO of NAMCO brought joy to millions with arcade hits like Pac-Man, Galaxian, and Pole Position.
Silent killer: Update to Blackphone's Silent OS intentionally breaks unauthorized devices
The makers of the ultra-secure Blackphone have released an update to Silent OS that prevents the operating system from running on phones "identified as unlicensed."
Fitbit releases Q4 financial results, misses target revenue
Despite recent acquisitions, the fitness company and missed Q4 and FY 2016 growth expectations by about 22% and 10%, respectively. This will result in the termination of 6% of their global workforce.
Starbucks' new virtual assistant takes coffee orders via voice
Starbucks has updated their app to include a virtual assistant. Users can now use the app to place orders using either voice commands or a chat interface. The app will also integrate with Alexa.
Microsoft releases Q4 2016 financials, cloud services are key
Office 365 continues to pay off for the Redmond tech giant as cloud services were the greatest contributor to revenue.
Classic adventure game Myst now available on Android
The venerable PC adventure game finally comes to Android devices for an immersive gaming experience on the go.
Samsung Galaxy S8 rumored to be announced on March 29th, will be redesigned
According to rumors, The Samsung Galaxy S8 will remove the physical home button and feature much larger displays. The phone is expected to be announced on March 29th.
Slimbook releases notebook running KDE Linux
KDE and Slimbook have partnered to released the KDE Slimbook, a thin-and-light notebook running either the KDE Neon or KED Plasma distro of Linux.
Wine 2.0 open-source compatibility layer now available
Wine 2.0 is the first in a line of annual releases. The compatibility layer includes support for Microsoft Office 2013 and 64-bit Windows apps to be run in Mac OS X, among other features.
Toshiba introduces new Portégé X30 and Tecra X40
The new devices are targeting business consumers looking for a durable thin-and-light notebook.
Toshiba updates Portégé and Tecra lines with Kaby Lake processors
Several business devices are getting bumped to Kaby Lake over the next month.
Chan Zucerkberg Initiative to purchase AI startup Meta
The purchase will help bolster the startup, whose AI technology is focused on analyzing medical research to pinpoint helpful information for healthcare professionals.
Samsung posts major revenue and profit growth for Q4 and full-year 2016
One phone does not make a company. Despite setback with the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung recorded a massive jump in profits for FY 2016.
Acer announces TravelMate Spin B1 convertible
Acer's TravelMate line gains a new member: the Spin B1 is a convertible notebook with a 360-degree hinge. Targeted at education markets, the Spin B1 promises long battery life and a durable design.
HP Pavilion x360 11t T5M27AV Notebook Review
Tiny Tank. HP has been busy updating their Pavilion x360 line, and today we look at the smallest member, the 11t. With a solid construction, this 11.6" convertible is as strong as a tank. Unfortunately, it also feels as slow as one.
Introducing the new Google Voice, 5 years in the making
Google Voice, a VoIP calling service that aggregates multiple phone numbers into one, has received its first update in 5 years. While the service was rumored to be killed off soon, Google has stated this is the first of many updates to come.
The Compulab IPC3 is a fanless PC with a Core i7
The mini-PC sports either a Kaby Lake Core i5 or Core i7 and is passively cooled.
Nintendo continues mobile march with Fire Emblem Heroes
Nintendo will carry on its foray into smartphone apps by launching a new game, Fire Emblem Heroes, on both Android and iOS February 2nd. In addition, Super Mario Run will also be coming to Android sometime in March.
ZTE Blade V8 Pro smartphone now shipping in the U.S.
The Blade V8 Pro is a mid-range phone with two rear facing cameras tuned to take artistic bokeh-style shots.
New Nvidia Shield TV 2017 now available for purchase
The updated Shield TV brings 4K HDR and Nvidia's GeForce NOW game streaming service.
Nvidia to update original Shield TV
The software update will give the original Shield TV the feature set of the newer model, including 4K HDR playback and access to GeForce NOW.
Lost and found: Razer's stolen Valerie prototype listed on Chinese retail site
After being reported stolen earlier this week, Razer's triple-display notebook, codenamed Valerie, has made an appearance on Taobao, a Chinese retail website.
Panasonic releases Toughpad FZ-Q2 ruggedized Windows tablet
The Toughpad runs full Windows 10 in a rugged package and is targeted at field professionals that need a sturdy tablet.
HTC announces U Play
The HTC U Play drops the secondary display found in the U Ultra and packs more modest specs.
Android 7.1 coming to... Chromebooks?
Android N has been trickling out to flagship smartphones for a few months now, but Chromebooks may be the next devices in line to receive the update. Android 7.1 promises to bring better Android app management for Chrome OS.
Users might still be able to upgrade to Windows 10 free of charge
Microsoft may have officially the free upgrade period months ago, but still seem to sponsor other free upgrade methods.
LG G6 display may feature 18:9 aspect ratio and no bezels
The upcoming flagship may feature a new 2880x1440 display produced by LG Display.
Changhong's H2 smartphone has a "molecular identifier"
The sensor aims to give users data about objects based on their chemical and physical makeup solely from a simple scan.
Retro-Bit announces Super Retro Boy, a modern Game Boy
Classic console maker Retro-Bit showed off the Super Retro Boy, a physical handheld that can play game cartridges from Nintendo's Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance.
MSI enters the e-GPU game with GUS
MSI's GUS looks to bring desktop graphics support to notebooks with Thunderbolt 3.
AMD reveals more information on upcoming Vega GPUs
Expected for release in the first half of 2017, AMD's highly anticipated Vega GPU architecture looks to build on features first presented in the Fury X, including an evolution of High Bandwidth Memory (HBM).
Chuwi announces Hi13 tablet powered by Apollo Lake
The Hi13 sports a 13.5-inch 3000 x 2000 display, which is the same resolution as Microsoft's Surface Book. Could the Redmond made 2-in-1 be facing stiff Chinese competition?
Razer shows off concept notebook with three 4K displays
Razer is seeing triple with Project Valerie, the "world's first triple display laptop." While still in concept, the project is an exciting peak into what may be possible in the future.
Nvidia unveils updated SHIELD TV streaming box
The set top box can stream 4K HDR content and AAA PC games via Nvidia's Geforce NOW service.
MSI unveils new line of workstation notebooks
The powerful mobile workstations feature 7th generation Intel processor and the latest Quadro graphics cards from Nvidia.
Dell announces updated Inspiron 15 7000 budget gaming notebook
Despite its low cost, the Inspiron 15 7000 from Dell can be equipped with a Core i7, a 4K screen, and a GTX 1050 Ti.
Dell officially announces XPS 13 Convertible
The popular notebook line of computers from Dell gets an interesting update - the newest XPS 13 is a fanless convertible.
Qualcomm officially announces Snapdragon 835 SoC
The flagship SoC from mobile giant Qualcomm is the first mobile platform to be manufactured using a 10 nm FinFET process. Specifically tailored for VR experiences and UHD media, the SoC promises improved power in a smaller, more efficient package.
Gigabyte announces BRIX SFF PC with GTX 1070
The newest small form factor gaming PC from Gigabyte will pack a serious punch in a small package thanks to its GTX 1070 and Core i7-6700K.
G.SKILL unveils Trident Z DDR4 RAM with RGB lighting
The RAM modules feature an RGB light strip that allows for various lighting effects and doesn't require any additional power connections.
HP unveils new security features for commercial PCs
The new features are aimed to deter intrusions by protecting multiple layers of notebooks and PCs.
EEVblog tears down world's first portable computer
Ever wonder what made the world's first "luggable" computer tick? EEVblog has released a video teardown of the groundbreaking device.
Apple's wireless AirPods now available for purchase
After several delays, Apple's AirPods are now listed on Apple's online store.
AMD launches Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 16.12.1
Live streamers, rejoice! AMD's new ReLive Edition driver rabrings better power management, improved graphical performance, and new gameplay capture and streaming software.
Cortana coming to the UK on Android and iOS
Microsoft is sending their digital assistant across the pond and updating her look, to boot.
Bluetooth 5 officially adopted
The wireless connectivity standard has been upgraded with faster speeds and longer range. The organization behind Bluetooth hopes this update will revolutionize the Internet of Things.
Pebble officially closes its doors, confirms purchase by Fitbit
Pebble announced today that they will stop production of hardware and sell all remaining assets to Fitbit.
VRidge: Try before you buy for VR
The app can use smartphones to mimic expensive VR headsets and seems to be able to run on lower-end hardware.
Wine may develop Windows compatibility layer for Android
The developers of the open-source compatibility layer software may soon bring Windows apps to Android. This move could in turn allow Windows software to run on newer Chromebooks that support Android apps.
Leap Motion to develop hand tracking sensor for smartphone VR sets
Leap Motion hopes the sensor will allow VR users to interact with and control mobile VR with their hands and fingers, further pushing VR development.
Surface Dial scores a 4/10 in iFixit teardown
The Microsoft device received praise for its durability, but was criticized for some difficult or impossible to replace components.
Teclast unveils Kaby Lake powered X5 Pro
The 2-in-1 device looks similar to the Microsoft Surface Pro, right down to the built in kickstand, and is powered by a Kaby Lake Core m3 processor.
Save up to $700 on VAIO devices now through December 25th
VAIO is currently running a sale on devices from now until Christmas. In addition to saving up to $700, VAIO will throw in a free laptop bag with the purchase of a laptop.
Nokia smartphones officially returning in 2017 under HMD Global
The Nokia brand will live on through HMD manufactured and distributed smartphones.
Virgin Media releases TellyTablet and 4K-capable V6 Box
Virgin Media has announced two new products in the UK, the TellyTablet and V6 Box. Both devices will run Virgin's TV services, including their updated TV Anywhere and TV kids apps.
Hackers compromise over 1 million Google accounts
Malicious software disguised as legitimate Android apps have breached over 1 million Google accounts. The software can then install additional apps or even post content online.
Meizu unveils PRO 6 Plus powered by Samsung Exynos 8890 SoC
Meizu's new PRO 6 Plus is a followup to its PRO 6, released earlier this year. The PRO 6 Plus phablet is boasts impressive specs and could even be a suitable replacement for those missing the Samsung Galaxy Note 7.
Teardown reveals Microsoft Surface Studio has limited user upgradeability
Most major components are soldered on and cannot be replaced. However, the device appears to be fairly repairable.
Nexus 6P to receive Android 7.1.1 update in December
The update will be included in a security patch scheduled to go out on December 6th.
Kaby Lake powered Cube Mix Plus now available for pre-order
The 10.6 inch 2-in-1 sports a Core M Kaby Lake processor. Is the Chinese manufactured hybrid a good value?
Foundation Update brings new features to No Man's Sky
The update brings some major changes and is the first in a line of planned improvements for the game.
Android 7.0 Nougat comes to HTC 10 in the U.S.
HTC made good on earlier rumors by bringing Android 7.0 to the HTC 10 on Friday.
Acer Spin 7 and Spin 5 now available in the United States
Acer's new Spin 7, currently the world's thinnest convertible notebook, and Spin 5 bring more options to consumers looking for a 2-in-1 device.
Moto Z will get Nougat update this week
The Lenovo made phone will get the promised update to Android 7.0 before the end of November. The upgrade to Nougat also brings along a new feature: Daydream.
Five second video can crash iPhones
A short five second video that's able to cause iPhones and iPads to lock and freeze can be easily shared via a link.
Minimum requirements for Windows Holographic unveiled
Microsoft's foray into virtual reality should be much more accessible than other available options.
HP Announces new HP EliteBook 705 G4 series of notebooks
The business oriented laptops are powered by AMD's 7th generation PRO APUs.
Apple rumored to stop producing wireless routers
Users of Apple's WiFi routers hoping for a refresh may be out of luck.
Android 7.0 Beta for Samsung Galaxy phones breaks Gear VR
Volunteers that downloaded the Android 7.0 Beta are unable to user their Samsung Gear VRs, as the headset only works on Samsung phones.
Light Phone will begin shipping November 30th
After major delays, the crowd funded "anti-smartphone" will finally begin shipping to initial backers at the end of the month.
iPhone manufacturing might be moved to USA
"iPhone: Made in the USA?" Apple may ask iPhone manufacturers to move production to the United States in the future.
Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 835 processor built on Samsung's 10 nm process
The new SoC is the first to be built on Samsung's new, smaller 10 nm FinFET process. This chip should bring faster performance and better energy efficiency.
Barnes and Noble officially announces Nook Tablet 7"
The Nook Tablet 7" is official, and its ready to take on the Fire tablet from rival Amazon. Will the budget priced Nook be a boon or a bust for the bookseller?
Samsung acquires NewNet Communication Technologies
The acquisition aims to improve and standardize Samsung's messaging platform and enhance the messaging experience for its customers.
iFixit's teardown of Macbook Pro 13" with Touch Bar reveals differences, difficulties
The new Macbook Pro 13" with Touch Bar has markedly different internals from its non-Touch Bar brother, including changes that make it horribly difficult to repair.
Some lower-end Android phones are sending user data to China
Budget phones typically have compromises for the lower price, but for certain Android devices, user security might be one of those trade-offs.
Leaked renders show what could be Motorola's DROID Turbo 3
Images recently leaked from China show renders of a Motorola branded phone. Could this be the DROID Turbo 3?
MSI launches the Trident, a console sized VR gaming PC
MSI's is claiming their new Trident gaming PC is the smallest VR-capable device. Can it successfully bring virtual reality into the living room?
Crowdfunded smartwatch is powered by body heat
What if you didn't have to worry about your smartwatch's battery? The PowerWatch may be the answer to that problem.
Dishonored 2 noted to have severe performance issues on PC
Bethesda's newest title, Dishonored 2, is suffering from inconsistent performance on the PC. Reviewers and early buyers have expressed their discontent, prompting Bethesda to release a patch sometime this week.
Nintendo's Wii U dies the way it lived: quietly and overlooked
Nintendo has quietly announced it will stop North American production of the Wii U, a console that never gained notable traction in the market.
CES 2017 | Aorus X5 wins CES Innovation Award for second year running
The Aorus X5 has been recognized with a CES Innovation Award in gaming. This marks the second year in a row the slim gaming powerhouse has won this honor.
Snapchat Spectacles sell out in a snap
Snap's new Spectacles, a wearable recording device, remains in high demand as a second inventory sold out within hours of being made available.
Verizon releases Ellipsis 8 HD Android tablet
Verizon has started selling its new Ellipsis 8 HD just in time for the holiday season. Does the budget Android tablet stand out from a flooded market?
Serif's Affinity Photo app now available for Windows as a beta
Serif's Affinity Photo, named by Apple as the best app for Macs in 2015, was recently made available as a beta for Windows. Could this move encourage creatives to leave Photoshop behind for a cheaper alternative?
CES 2017 | MSI recognized as CES 2017 Innovation Awards Honoree
MSI, a premier manufacturer of gaming notebooks and PC components, has been made a CES 2017 Innovation Awards honoree for the GS63VR Stealth Pro and the VR One backpack PC.
New add-on enables HTC Vive to cut the cord
A new add-on, available for preorder, adds wireless capability to HTC's Vive. This accessory will let Vive users roam their VR worlds without the burden of cables.
Individual Macbook Pro chargers don't come with a USB-C cable
Macbook Pro users hoping to buy additional chargers for their new device will have to provide their own USB Type-C cables.
Samsung applies for patent on bendable phone
A recent patent application filed by Samsung in April shows a smartphone with a bendable screen, allowing the device to be folded over itself. This patent may be related to rumors that Samsung is developing devices with bendable OLED displays.
Apple starts selling refurbished iPhones
For consumers hoping to enjoy iOS without spending a lot of money, Apple has started selling iPhones on its refurbished store. The refurbished units will be sold at a discount, but still come with the standard warranty and accessories.
AMD announces availability of Radeon Pro WX series graphics cards
Announced in July, AMD's Radeon Pro WX graphics cards have finally started shipping to retailers. Are the workstation-grade cards an improvement on the previous FirePro line?
OWC unveils Thunderbolt 3 Dock targeted at new Macbook Pro
With frustration growing around Apple's decision to replace all I/O ports on the new Macbook Pro line with USB Type-C, several companies are pushing new dongles, hubs, and docks on the market. OWC, a company known for making Apple-specific products, is taking pre-orders for an impressively equipped, if not expensive, dock.
Zotac announces VR GO backpack gaming PC
Zotac is known for their compact gaming PCs that squeeze a lot of power into a tiny space. Their new VR GO backpack gaming PC brings a fresh take on the small form factor computer.
SMACH Z handheld gaming PC reaches Kickstarter goal
When people talk about handheld gaming, they typically don't mention PC titles. Startup SMACH hopes to change that conversation with their upcoming SMACH Z and SMACH Z Pro, handheld gaming PCs able to play AAA Steam releases. SMACH has turned to Kickstarter for funding, and their initial goal has been met.
Dell unveils alternative to Microsoft's Surface Studio
With the announcement of the Surface Studio and Surface Dial, Microsoft has intrigued consumers with an innovative computing experience. However, Dell has recently unveiled an alternative to the Surface Studio they've been developing since 2014.
Benchmark spotted for possible AMD Zen CPU
A benchmark measuring 3D rendering times shows an AMD engineering sample CPU, possibly based on AMD's upcoming Zen architecture. The AMD processor lands among high-end Intel Xeon processors and even beats some powerful Intel i7 CPUs.
Zotac announces Magnus ERX480 mini PC with AMD RX 480 graphics
Zotac provides virtual reality gaming in a small package with the ERX480.
Alienware releases first VR ready 13 inch notebook
Alienware's new 13 inch laptop is the first 13 inch device to sport NVIDIA's GTX 1060, a VR capable video card. The notebook can also be equipped with a 2560x1440 OLED display with superior color gamut and contrast. Overall, the redesign is a compelling device from Alienware.
G.SKILL announces new KM570 mechanical keyboard
Hardware manufacturer G.SKILL has just announced a new mid-tier mechanical keyboard aimed at gamers. The keyboard is able to be customized without the need for software.
Leaks reveal possible high-end Chromebook from Samsung
Samsung may soon be releasing a premium Chromebook, dubbed the Chromebook Pro. The device is rumored to have high-end specs, a premium design, and stylus support via Samsung's new PEN, a derivative of the S-Pen found in their Note line of smartphones.
New Barnes and Noble NOOK tablet passes FCC testing
A recently released FCC report gives us an insight into what to expect from Barnes and Noble's newest device. Is the company looking to reenter the tablet market?
Lower capacity iPhone 7 units have significantly slower storage speed
Recent tests confirm Notebookcheck.net's findings that iPhone 7 units with 32 GB of storage have significantly slower read/write performance than their 128GB and 256 GB variants. This could result in slower speeds when transferring large files to and from the phone.
Apple releases Q4 2016 earnings, sales continue to decline
Apple released their earnings report for the fourth quarter of their fiscal year 2016. While some units, particularly Services, saw increases in sales, overall revenue is down about 9% from last year. This continues the trend of declining sales for Apple, although this decline is starting to slow.