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All News for September 2016

Now that Intel has officially pushed Kaby Lake out the door, we can expect to see plenty of announcements from its hardware partners on new products. That is exactly the case with regards to Razer, which has announced a refresh to its 12.5-inch Blade Stealth notebook. Razer has made a notable brain transplant... Read more...
Thumb drive makers have managed to cram quite a bit into the pinky-sized drives, but there are limits to capacity and to some degree performance, since there is only so much room to work with. Fortunately, there is a nice middle ground between thumb drives and larger external SSDs that conform to the popular... Read more...
It’s just about time to close out another week, but before we go, we’ve got a fresh batch of HOT deals direct from our friends at TechBargains. On tap for you all this fine Friday, we have deals on a Dell Inspiron 14 Intel Celeron N3050-based notebook, a LG 55UH6150 55" 4K UHD HDR-Pro LED LCD Smart HDTV, an Asus... Read more...
Intel lifted the curtain on its Kaby Lake architecture earlier this week, its second consecutive "tock" in what used to be its "tick-tock" release cadence and also its 7th generation Core architecture. While that dominated the headlines, Intel also launched its budget-oriented Apollo Lake line, which is the latest... Read more...
Microsoft is doing everything within its power to get everyone with a PC to upgrade to Windows 10. While not without the occasional controversy, its efforts are paying off, particularly among gamers. According to the latest Steam Hardware and Software Survey, almost half of all players who use the digital distribution... Read more...
Apple's been keeping itself busy patching up security holes in its software, both for mobile and on the desktop. Just last week, Apple rolled out an update for iOS—version 9.3.5—that patched up several critical security and privacy exploits, and now there's a pair of updates for OS X that addresses the same security... Read more...
Don't get too attached to Google's codenames for its next flagship phones, Marlin and Sailfish. Cool as they are (especially if you're into deep sea fishing), rumor has it Google will market and sell the devices as Pixel and Pixel XL. If true, it means a departure from the familiar Nexus branding that's been in place... Read more...
Update - 9/2 - 8:40AM EST: Samsung has issued a global recall and replacement of all current Galaxy Note 7 devices and will replace all phones. You can read more about it here. We applaud Samsung for stepping up quickly and addressing the potential battery issue for early customers of the Note 7. It's an... Read more...
Google parent company Alphabet apparently has zero tolerance for failure and money-losing endeavors. We’ve seen Alphabet toss its Boston Dynamics robotics division to the side, and the company recently slashed Google Fiber’s staff in half. And now it looks as though the latest victim is the ambitious Project Ara... Read more...
It appears that initial reports that began to trickle out concerning exploding batteries on Samsung’s brand new flagship Galaxy Note7 smartphone were actually a bit more widespread than initially thought. While we had heard about two reports of batteries exploding while charging, Samsung confirmed today that it has... Read more...
It’s that time again — time for Dell to update its Alienware notebook lineup with faster processors and new graphics hardware. Today, the Alienware 15 and 17 are being updated with designs that are 25 percent thinner, while incorporating even more premium materials throughout like anodized aluminum and magnesium-alloy... Read more...
IFA 2016 is not the only hub for announcements this week. Baidu CEO Robin Li and NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang at the Baidu World Conference today in Beijing announced that together they will create a cloud-to-car autonomous car platform. Baidu will bring its cloud platform and mapping technology while NVIDIA will... Read more...
Qualcomm has announced the Snapdragon VR820, its first VR headset reference platform. The Snapdragon VR820 allows OEMs to develop standalone head-mounted displays VR content and applications. It was developed alongside Goertek, a leading global ODM, and was built upon Qualcomm’s VR Software Development Kit and... Read more...
It seems as though things might possibly be going from bad to worse for Samsung and its new shining star: the Galaxy Note7. We reported yesterday that two Galaxy Note7 customers have witnessed their smartphones fail in spectacular fashion, as the units actually exploded while charging. Samsung confirmed that it was... Read more...
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