MacBook Pro 2016 lacks recommendation from Consumer Reports
Published in Notebooks


Inconsistent battery life across various tests


Over the past decade, Apple’s MacBook Pro lineup has received consistent recommendations in product design and quality from a variety of the company’s well-positioned media outlets.

US wearables market growth is slow
Published in News
Friday, 23 December 2016 07:27

US wearables market growth is slow


But still 15.8 percent of US adult population

The market for wearable devices including smartwatches and fitness trackers in the US is progressing along at a rather slow pace of just 25 percent year-over-year, according to the latest industry estimates.

Google to release two flagship smartwatches in Q1 2017
Published in Wearables


Will not be Google or Pixel branded


Google is reported to be set to announce two new smartwatches in Q1 2017 based on Android Wear 2.0 platform, a redesigned version of Android geared towards wearable devices.

OLED machine shortage could affect iPhone 8 production
Published in Mobiles

Annual output capacity at just 10 units per year

Of all the rumors surrounding Apple’s display panels for next year’s iPhone lineup, a new report from Bloomberg takes a closer look at the corporation responsible for making the machines used behind the OLED production process.

Memory IC market to increase 10 percent in 2017
Published in News
Thursday, 22 December 2016 01:11

Memory IC market to increase 10 percent in 2017


Two new IC companies to enter market by late 2017


According to a report from IC insights, the market for DRAM and NAND flash ICs is expected to increase 10 percent in 2017 after weak market conditions left the market in a one percent decline by the end of 2016.

Apple's A11 SoC goes into production in late April
Published in Processors


TSMC needs to improve yield rates on 10nm first

The folks at Boston-based BlueFin Research Partners have recently given some much-needed commentary on the state of 10nm chip production at TSMC for Apple’s next-generation iPhone units.

Dell leads market in Windows Hello biometric security
Published in News


Company's latest notebooks have most support


According to Taiwan-based supply chain sources, Dell has become the leading vendor of Windows Hello biometric security solutions for business-oriented notebooks, tablets and 2-in-1 convertible devices.

MediaTek dismisses rumors of 10nm supply cuts
Published in Processors
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 19:10

MediaTek dismisses rumors of 10nm supply cuts


TSMC on track to fulfill chip orders in Q1 2017


A recent report from Chinese-based Economic Daily News claimed that MediaTek would be slashing orders for its upcoming ten-core, 10-nanometer chips by at least 50 percent.  Now, the company has publicly dismissed the rumor, saying it was not the source.

Facebook announces Live Audio broadcast feature
Published in News
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 07:58

Facebook announces Live Audio broadcast feature


Telling stories using words without video


Last December, Facebook introduced a mildly revolutionary, culture-changing feature called Live Video allowing users to broadcast their whereabouts in real-time from any place at any time, with the side of effect of having everyone on the network receiving pesky notifications.

AT&T's new Call Protect app blocks spam calls
Published in News
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 07:26

AT&T's new Call Protect app blocks spam calls


Only works in VoLTE coverage areas

On Tuesday, AT&T introduced a new smartphone app called Call Protect that it claims will warn subscribers before answering their phones if an incoming call could be a spam dialer.