MSI Demos Prototype Hybrid Storage Card: M.2 & 2.5” SATA on a PCIe Card

MSI Demos Prototype Hybrid Storage Card: M.2 & 2.5” SATA on a PCIe Card

Going a bit off the beaten path for this year’s Computex, MSI surprised us at the show with the prototype of a new hybrid storage array. The MSI Gaming Storage Card is all-in-one PCIe storage card that holds two M.2 NVMe SSDs and a 2.5″ HDD. Like existing motherboard drive caching implementations, the idea here is to offer a SSD-cache in front of a HDD, allowing for SSD-like performance

Instant tethering is coming to Chrome OS to make it easier to get online

Instant tethering is coming to Chrome OS to make it easier to get online

For those times when you’re not near a Wi-Fi network, being able to tether to your phone’s data connection can be very useful indeed – provided your phone’s OS, your data plan, and your network provider are all set up to provide tethering of course. The latest Canary (developer) build of Chrome OS has added an “instant tethering” option that makes it easier to get online this way: once you’ve enabled the feature

Siri is about to get friendlier with your other apps

Siri is about to get friendlier with your other apps

With the launch of iOS 10 last year, Apple gave third-party app developers the option to add Siri integration for the first time, though the opportunity was limited to apps in certain categories. With iOS 11, that restriction looks likely to be lifted. As reported by Reuters, Apple will open up Siri to more categories of apps, though you shouldn’t expect to see thousands of extra commands suddenly become available, in the style

First a phone, then smart glasses? Essential’s new patent points to new wearable

First a phone, then smart glasses? Essential’s new patent points to new wearable

While Andy Rubin’s newly unveiled Essential Phone isn’t even out yet, the Android co-founder and his technology startup may already have some big plans in store for their next project. As seen in a patent belonging to Essential, the company appears to be considering dual-lens display smart glasses, according to Patently Apple. Seen in the image below, the smart specs look more like conventional frames similar

MAZE Alpha Android 4G Phablet  – BLACK

MAZE Alpha Android 4G Phablet – BLACK

Main Features: MAZE Alpha 4G Phablet Android 7.0 6.0 inch Bezel-less Screen Helio P25 Octa Core 2.5GHz 4GB RAM 64GB ROM 13.0MP Rear Camera 4000mAh Battery Type-C Display: 6.0 inch, 1920 x 1080 Pixel Corning Gorilla Glass 4 Screen CPU: Helio P25 Octa Core 2.5GHz System: Android 7.0 RAM + ROM: 4GB RAM + 64GB ROM Camera: 5.0MP front camera + 13MP + 5MP back cameras Sensor: Fingerprint Sensor, Hall Sensor, Gravity Sensor, Gyroscope, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Accelerometer, Electronica Compass, HotKnot SIM Card: dual SIM dual standby ( dual Nano SIM cards ) Feature: GPS, Glonass, Beidou Bluetooth: 4.1 Network:…

Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra review: Geared up

Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra review: Geared up

   Introduction. Unboxing, 360-degree spin, hardware overview3. Display, connectivity, battery life4. User interface5. Performance6. Telephony, loudspeaker, text input, other apps7. Multimedia apps8. Camera9. SonyAndroid IntroductionSony’s love for big screens goes all the way back to 2013 and the 6.4″ Xperia Z Ultra, which was followed by a phablet in every generation since. Some four years later we have the Xperia XA1 Ultra at our doorstep, all 6 inches of it. And since we headed down memory lane, the Xperia T2 Ultra certainly deserves a mention too. While the Z Ultra packed some flagship-grade internals, the T2 Ultra was less obsessed with specs…

Android 7.1.1 update for Nextbit Robin is now available

Android 7.1.1 update for Nextbit Robin is now available

  AndroidNextbitFirmware Updates Over a couple of months after the Android 7.0 Nougat update arrived for the Nextbit Robin, the Andoid 7.1.1 update has been made available for the cloud-focused device. Currently factory images are available, although we expect the OTA rollout will also begin soon. In case you missed, it was announced earlier this year that Nextbit is being acquired by Razer. While sales of the phone and its accessories have stopped, Nextbit promised that it will honor warranties for six more months, as well as keep pushing software/security updates to the handset through February of 2018. Source: gsmarena.com

New rumor says Motorola Moto E4 Plus will cost £160

New rumor says Motorola Moto E4 Plus will cost £160

  New rumor says Motorola Moto E4 Plus will cost 160 The Motorola Moto E4 Plus has been the subject of a handful of leaks and rumors until now, with the latest one revealing the handset’s design through press renders. Now, a new rumor, related to pricing information for the handset, has surfaced. The rumor, which comes in the form of tweet from a relatively unknown tipster, says the Moto E4 Plus (unlocked) will cost 160 (around $205). Previous rumors had suggested a price tag of 190 for the device, which is broadly inline with what this new rumor reveals (182). Needless…

Nokia 3310: a week with the new retro phone sensation

Nokia 3310: a week with the new retro phone sensation

The new Nokia 3310 set the internet ablaze when it was announced back in February at MWC 2017, but will anyone actually buy this and use it as their main phone? The answer is yes, some people already have. But anyone who excitedly reads sites like TechRadar to see the latest in smartphone innovation is unlikely to swap back to an old school feature phone like the new Nokia 3310. For the purposes of reviewing, I did exactly

PlayStation at E3 2017: six things we want to see

PlayStation at E3 2017: six things we want to see

If there’s a gaming battleground for Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo, there’s no bigger arena than the E3 stage. The annual face-off sees the big three names in game development puff their chests out (even if Nintendo does so from the comfort of its ‘Direct’ YouTube studio), showing off the wares it’s hoping to win you over with in time for populating those Christmas wishlists. Sony has had a stonking few years singing the

Windows 10 S, Windows 10 on ARM and Windows 10 IoT

Windows 10 S, Windows 10 on ARM and Windows 10 IoT

Windows RT, Microsoft’s ill-fated attempt to rival the iPad with a version of Windows that ran on ARM chips, made a lot of changes to the familiar OS to move it to a new processor and make the apps that run on it more efficient and secure. Now Microsoft is coming out with two new versions of Windows and dividing those changes between them: Windows 10 S and Windows 10 on ARM. This isn’t about the limitations of using ARM processors

Galaxy J5 (2017) listed for pre-order in Germany – announce it already, Samsung

Galaxy J5 (2017) listed for pre-order in Germany – announce it already, Samsung

  Samsung’s hugely popular J-series of smartphones is due for a refresh and by all accounts an official announcement should happen any day now – the Galaxy J7 (2017) and J5 (2017)even starred in hands-on videos, yet there’s no word from Samsung on the matter. Well, retailers in Germany seem to know a few extra details, as the Galaxy J5 (2017) has been listed for pre-order on a few major online stores.   Price has been set at 279 for the J530FD version, in other words the Galaxy J5 (2017) Duos dual SIM flavor. Otto says the phone will ship at the…

Download of the day: HYFY Screen Recorder

Download of the day: HYFY Screen Recorder

There are some impressive screen recorders around, but most are pretty cumbersome if you only want to capture a snippet of action from your web browser. That’s why you need HYFY Screen Recorder – a neat little extension that can record up to three minutes of footage with a couple of clicks. Your videos are kept on HYFY’s cloud servers for 30 days, with handy copy/pastable links so you can share them immediately. You can record your voice

alcatel Idol 4 Pro with Windows 10 to be available in Germany starting next month

alcatel Idol 4 Pro with Windows 10 to be available in Germany starting next month

  Back in February this year, there were reports that the alcatel Idol 4S will be available in Europe as the Idol 4 Pro. Now, it has been revealed that the phone will land in Germany next month – July 1 to be precise. The revelation has been made by a German website Windows United, which says they’ve received this information from “the responsible PR agency.” Pricing information isn’t yet confirmed, but it is expected to be 599. Source: gsmarena.com

YI 4K Action Camera

YI 4K Action Camera

Everyone knows that GoPro makes the best action cams (or POV cams) for extreme sports enthusiasts, and that the GoPro Hero5 Black is what everyone’s using to shoot 4K at 30fps. Everyone, that is, except YI Technology, which is tackling GoPro head-on by matching a lot of the specs of its rival. Ultra-detailed 4K at 30fps and smooth 1080p at 120fps? Yup. 12-megapixel stills? Check. And, at around $200 / £230 it’s almost half

Best circular polarizer filter: 5 top models tested and rated

Best circular polarizer filter: 5 top models tested and rated

When you browse sites like Flickr or the pages of a magazine and spot really striking landscape shots taken during the day, with bright blue skies, defined clouds and strong contrast, the chances are they’ve been taken by a pro using a high-quality circular polarizer filter. So what is a polarizer filter? Polarizing filters are a great addition to any photographer’s kit bag, because they’re brilliant at enhancing saturation

AMD’s new Radeon Pro 500 lives in the new Macs

AMD’s new Radeon Pro 500 lives in the new Macs

AMD’s biggest client at the moment is probably Apple. The chip maker supplied the 2016 Macbook Pro 15 refresh with the Radeon Pro 555 and 560 graphics cards and now has a new Radeon Pro 500 series of graphics cards for the freshly upgraded 2017 iMac. The new Radeon Pro 500 line, which is based on the Polaris architecture, has five models – from the Radeon Pro 555 with 1.3 TFLOPS of peak performance and 81 GB/S of bandwidth all the

Apple HomePod

Apple HomePod

Apple HomePod is the smart speaker that wants to be at the center of your home audio experience, and that’s great news for iPhone and iPad users. We got a chance to see the HomePod immediately after Apple’s WWDC keynote in San Jose, but we weren’t allowed to touch it. In fact, we couldn’t even touch the pristine white table it sat on, and trying to activate it with ‘Hey, Siri’ didn’t

A Kickstarter project wants to kill the Galaxy S8 Bixby button

A Kickstarter project wants to kill the Galaxy S8 Bixby button

While some sought to remap the Bixby button, others sought to erase it completely – theres even a Kickstarter dedicated to the cause! For a mere $20 pledge, you can have a carbon-fibery case that hides the button on your Galaxy S8 or S8+.   Or, if you prefer to be more passive-aggressive, you can have a $3 I HATE BIXBY sticker. Note that the sticker is included with the case. True haters could go for the $40 option, which also includes a hat that proclaims your animosity towards Samsungs virtual assistant. If you hate Bixby that much, you can disable com.samsung.android.bixby.agent…