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Coolpad unveils a $179 Android smartphone

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week ago

CES 2017 - Coolpad introduced their new Android smartphone for the US market - the Conjr.




The phone comes with a 5-inch display with 1280x720 resolution. It is powered by MediaTek MT6735CP processor that runs at 1.0GHz, and comes with 3GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage which you can expand with a microSD card.


The Conjr has a 13MP main camera with f/2.2 aperture and 8MP selfie cam.

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LG and Samsung to introduce foldable phones

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week ago

According to an article from the Korea Herald, both Samsung and LG are expected to manufacture devices that can fold between being a phone and a tablet.




Samsung is expected to make approximately 100,000 of these tablets when they launch in the third quarter of the year and LG is expected to make approximately the same amount.


The reason for such low numbers is likely due to the difficulty of producing these devices and displays capable of folding. Other manufacturers have teased such concepts in the past, such as Lenovo at their Lenovo World Conference last year. However, the report also indicates that their plans are not final yet and we may still have to wait some time until they become real.

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Xiaomi Mi 6 photos and specs leaked

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week ago

The Xiaomi Mi 6 flagship is expected to be announced next month at MWC in Barcelona, but the specs and images of the device have already leaked.




The leaks suggest that Xiaomi will launch two version of the phone, the Mi6, and a more powerful Mi 6 Pro.


The Mi 6 is expected to be powered by Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 835 processor and it should come with 4GB of RAM. The Mi 6 Pro should have the same processor, but it will have 6GB of RAM.

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Dell's new laptop is $100 cheaper with Ubuntu

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Laptops | Posted: 1 week ago

Many IT pros, tecchies, and businesses prefer Linux's straightforward (and free) OS over Windows for a number of reasons, especially now that Microsoft is making all kinds of moves in the background with its UWP framework. Now that preference could save you a cool $100 on the latest Dell laptop.




Dell's latest Precision 3520 workstation laptop is a full $100 cheaper if you choose the Linux-based Unbuntu operating system instead of Windows 10. The Precision 3520 is already on sale and has been marked down from its $1400 starting price to $999, with a savings of $428, but the price drops to $899 for the basic Dell Precision 3520 with Intel Core i5-7440HQ, a a 15.6" HD TN (1366x768) display, 4GB of DDR4-2400 memory, and a 500GB hard drive.


Having used Unbuntu to assist with formatting a replacement hard drive for my Xbox One, I can say that the OS is a breath of fresh air with its flexibility and logically organized structure. I'm certainly no IT mastermind by any means, but I can honestly see why people prefer Linux over Windows, and I always keep my Linux flash drive handy should I need to do anything fairly technical.

Nokia 6 might launch globally after China debut

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week ago

HMD Global recently launched their first Nokia-branded Android smartphone, the Nokia 6, but many were disappointed that the device will be available only in China.




However, according to new reports, the $245 phone might find its way to the other markets as well. The report shows that another model of Nokia 6 passed the Bluetooth certification.


Model TA-1000, which marks the Nokia 6 for the Chinese market, already has the Bluetooth certification, but now the model TA-1003 also got the certification.

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Xbox: we'll take risks, but first party is critical

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

After Scalebound was cancelled, Xbox gamers started to doubt the company's strategies. Xbox division head Phil Spencer felt the weird vibes, and responded on Twitter with specific affirmations that the brand would still take risks--but first party games are most important.



Phil Spencer pretty much underlined what we've known for a while now: Microsoft cares most about its first-party Xbox games and will invest the most time, effort, and money into them. This isn't just Microsoft--everyone, including EA, Ubisoft, and Activision--only want to do safe bets. Now Spencer has said that Xbox will continue taking risks to make certain games, but I think Scalebound was a big eye-opener for Microsoft shareholders, and I don't think his affirmations are as strong as we'd like to believe.


"...I know we have to take risks, I want everything we start to turn out great, to take risks, create diversity," Spencer said on the platform. "I won't abandon signing independent studio projects but... first party internal studios are critical."

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AMD to launch next-gen Ryzen processors at GDC 2017

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

AMD is poised to unleash its new Ryzen CPUs sometime in Q1 2017, and from what we've heard it's going to be at the Game Developers Conference - which kicks off on February 27, and ends on March 3.




During GDC 2016, AMD held its huge Capsaicin event, where it better detailed Polaris at the time. Now we're seeing AMD teasing an 'Optimizing for AMD Ryzen CPU (Presented by AMD)' session at GDC 2017, which teases people to "join AMD Game Engineering team members for an introduction to the recently-launched AMD Ryzen CPU".




I've heard from my industry sources that AMD will be launching Ryzen during GDC 2017, and that the 8-core/16-thread Ryzen CPU will be the star of the show. I'm expecting a better, more detailed look at their upcoming Vega graphics card, as well.

HTC's new phone: AI tech, second screen, no 3.5mm jack

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

HTC hasn't been doing too well in the smartphone business over the last couple of years, but it looks like their new flagship smartphone could be something that's actually very exciting.




The latest HTC flagship smartphone which will be called the U Ultra, featuring a 5.7-inch display that is accompanied by a smaller U Play smartphone with a 5.2-inch display. HTC will be pushing something they're calling Sense Companion, which is an AI assistant that is similar to Google Assistant on the new Pixel smartphones.


But wait, there's more: HTC are reportedly removing the 3.5mm jack in another courageous move, following Apple with the new iPhone 7, Levovo's Moto Z, and HTC's own Bolt smartphone not featuring a headphone jack.




HTC has used a new all-glass exterior that it calls Liquid Surface construction, with the company putting a lot of R&D time into the material - which mimics the properties of liquid, but just the look. This means you'll get some beautiful reflections in the right light on your new HTC smartphone, but how will it feel in your hand on a hot day or lots of typing away on social media and texts?

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Windows 10 will soon lock your PC when you walk away

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Microsoft has been making some very stupid changes to Windows 10, with their latest update breaking triple-monitor gaming for both AMD and NVIDIA gamers.




Their latest update doesn't sound so bad, with the latest builds of Windows 10 including something the company called Dynamic Lock - which Microsoft reportedly refers to as "Windows Goodbye" internally, reports Windows Central. Microsoft uses special Windows Hello-capable cameras that let Windows 10 owners log into their PCs with facial recognition.


Instead of quickly locking your PC with pressing the Windows key and 'L' at the same time, the new Dynamic Lock will do it automatically - at least for some users. We don't yet know how Microsoft will know that users have walked away from their PCs, but they could leverage their Windows Hello feature - by using the camera to constantly detect your face in front of the PC, and when you walk away it would lock it.

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Samsung rumored to launch the Galaxy S8 in mid-April

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Samsung has done an amazing job digging out of the hole that the Galaxy Note 7 created, with new rumors circulating that the company won't launch its new Galaxy S8 smartphone at the Mobile World Congress next month, but instead it will launch it in April.




The new rumors have Samsung launching the Galaxy S8 on April 18, with an anonymous source telling The Investor: "Samsung Electronics has confirmed that the release schedule has been set in mid-April, possibly in the third week". The company is hoping for mammoth sales of the Galaxy S8, and rightfully so - as there will not be a Galaxy Note 7 successor, so Samsung's smartphone eggs are all in the S8's basket.

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