HTC 10 Evo smartphone announced in Taiwan
Published in Mobiles


Larger display, but no headphone jack

HTC took the wraps off yet another flagship smartphone in its product lineup for 2016, the HTC 10 Evo. The device is headed for the Taiwan market at the moment and will be up for pre-order this week, with availability starting in December.

Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR shipments to lead market in 2017
Published in News


Sony's $399 VR headset expected to take the lead


According to a recent estimate from virtual reality market sources, Oculus and Sony are positioned to pull ahead in total shipments of their VR headsets next year as HTC trails behind due to a disadvantage in pricing.

Notebook shipments up 6.4 percent after declining two years
Published in Notebooks


First growth quarter after eight quarters of decline

According to a report from DigiTimes Research, the number of notebook shipments worldwide is expected to reach 41.65 million units in Q4 2016 as demand from the year-end holiday season begins to pick up.

MediaTek introduces 4K video streaming for smartphones
Published in Mobiles


Works with any Ultra HDTV using a MediaTek chipset

On Sunday, MediaTek announced UltraCast, a new chipset-enabled streaming technology that allows users of MediaTek Helio-based smartphones to stream 4K content wirelessly to their television sets and set-top boxes.

AMD Zen to come in three product tiers
Published in Processors


“Easily clocked” to 4.2GHz with standard air or liquid cooling


Last week, two Chinese sources revealed some details regarding the naming schemes and potential pricing of AMD’s upcoming Zen-based desktop processor lineup, codenamed “Summit Ridge”.

Apple to replace faulty iPhone 6S batteries
Published in Mobiles


Some customers experiencing abrupt shutdowns

On Sunday, Apple launched a repair service for users of a small batch of iPhone 6S devices that have been experiencing shutdown problems due to faulty batteries.

A look at carbon nanotubes and opto-electronics in chip design
Published in Processors


Process node scaling is becoming very expensive


Carbon nanotubes have long been proposed as a significant substrate replacement to transform the chip design industry as we know it.

AT&T customers can now text using Amazon's Alexa
Published in Mobiles


Companies also form retail partnership

This Saturday, American AT&T mobile customers will be able to send text messages at home and in the workplace using Amazon’s cylindrical and hockey puck-shaped Echo devices.

Foldable paper bike helmet wins student design award
Published in News


Final product will cost $5


A recyclable, folding paper helmet may not be the first product that comes to mind when preparing to ride a bicycle down a busy street, but the idea has just won international recognition.

Plextor introduces EX-1 external SSD with USB Type-C
Published in News


550MB/s reads, 500MB/s writes


Yesterday,  Plextor announced its next-generation ultraportable external solid state disk drives featuring USB Type-C Gen II ports, the Plextor EX-1 series.