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Chuwi SurBook to try and fill in the Microsoft Surface’s shoes

Chuwi SurBook to try and fill in the Microsoft Surface’s shoes

Next month, Microsoft might be dashing the hopes of Surface fans. For one, its Surface Pro 5 might just be a small, incremental step up from the Surface Pro 4 launched nearly two years ago. For another, the Surface Book 2 might no longer be a convertible but a regular "Windows Cloud" clamshell laptop. Disheartening as those rumors might be, it will give Microsoft's competitors a chance to pick up where it left off, and in more varied, and perhaps creative, ways. Chuwi, who has been flooding the market with such devices, has just shown off its upcoming SurBooks at the Hong Kong Global Soruces Fair and, as the rather odd name implies, it will try to take on the Microsoft Surface Book.

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Alleged Honor 9 photos leak, copycat accusations fly

Alleged Honor 9 photos leak, copycat accusations fly

Although there are definitely exceptions, it's quite difficult these days to come up with an original smartphone design. It has become a race to who gets to put it out publicly, with the rest left to be called imitators. Sometimes even thieves. Those will probably be the accusations and criticisms that Huawei sub-brand Honor will face when it puts out its next flagship, dubbed the Honor 9. Because, as early as now, based on an uncorroborated leak, it's already being called a Xiaomi Mi 6 copycat.

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Galaxy S8 and S8+ start rolling out to the rest of the world

Galaxy S8 and S8+ start rolling out to the rest of the world

Korea and the US have had their head start. Now it's time for the rest of the world to get their hands, not to mention fingerprint smudges, on Samsung's newest darlings. The global availability of the Galaxy S8 and the slightly larger Galaxy S8+ has, unsurprisingly, started with the US, Canada, Korea, and, actually surprising, Puerto Rico. In the coming weeks, it will roll out to other markets, though some features might not exactly make it in time.

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Ricoh Theta 360-degree camera with 4K chops coming to 2017 NAB Show

Ricoh Theta 360-degree camera with 4K chops coming to 2017 NAB Show

Live streaming is the new hot fad in news and social media. Virtual reality and 360-degree videos are the new black in entertainment. Anyone who can bring these two together is bound to make a profit. At the annual National Association of Broadcasters, or NAB, Show, imaging and camera expert Ricoh will be doing exactly just that. Though still thin on the details, Ricoh is teasing fans that it will be unveiling a new 360-degree Theta camera that boasts of live streaming and 4K capabilities.

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Moto 360 2nd gen to still get Android Wear 2.0 “soon”

Moto 360 2nd gen to still get Android Wear 2.0 “soon”

Although Huawei's top honchos were reportedly mystified by the purpose and utility of smartwatches, it still put out a new Huawei Watch 2. Motorola, however, isn't as impressed and isn't willing to take another commercial, not to mention financial, risk. The Android Wear pioneer's withdrawal from the smartwatch market has some worried about getting the latest Android Wear 2.0 on their wrists. Fortunately, Google's official Android Wear Twitter account does confirm that it's coming. But it won't be coming as fast as you might have wished.

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Samsung and Amazon are pushing a new HDR10+ standard

Samsung and Amazon are pushing a new HDR10+ standard

The video entertainment industry is undergoing a period of transition. Which is really just another way of saying it’s entering into a period of format wars not unlike the past DVD vs Blu-ray war. This time, it will be over HDR technology. While many equipment makers and content creators throw the word “HDR” around, it currently means a lot of things, from HDR10 to Dolby Vision to HLG. And to make things more interesting, which is to say, more confusing, Samsung and Amazon Video are teaming up to add another one to the alphabet mix: HDR10+.

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Yahoo Mail app becomes a “free for all” email client

Yahoo Mail app becomes a “free for all” email client

Let’s face it. Having a Yahoo email address these days is seen as a stigma and a liability. Aside from being “old”, recent revelations have called into question the security of having a Yahoo account. As such, it won’t be surprising if Yahoo experienced a mass exodus of users trying to protect themselves from hacks and massive leaks. Attempting to keep its email app from descending into obsolescence, Yahoo is now removing the requirement to have a Yahoo account to use its Yahoo Mail app, potentially turning it into something akin to a third-party email client like K-9, Boxer, CloudMagic and the like.

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Firefox 53 to be faster, more robust with Project Quantum

Firefox 53 to be faster, more robust with Project Quantum

Most of our interactions with our devices, be it a desktop, laptop, tablet, or phone, happens in the web browser. We practically live in our web browers, something Google's Chrome OS is trying to exploit. So when browser become slow or, worse, crash, it can be an infuriating experience. Google Chrome has tried to address that problem by running each tab on a different process. Firefox will be doing something similar yet also different. Starting version 53, it will be running its "Quantum Compositor" on a separate process, ensuring not just faster performance but also stability.

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Google Play Store My Apps section is now a bit more usable

Google Play Store My Apps section is now a bit more usable

Give how easy it is to install apps, especially free ones, on Android, it’s only a matter of time before your list of apps becomes out of control. For all its experience in sorting and grouping search results, Google has done a rather dismal job at making it easier to sort through your apps in Google Play Store. That now changes with its addition of a sorting option to the My Apps section in the Google Play Store app.

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The Galaxy S8 is surprisingly resilient to torture

The Galaxy S8 is surprisingly resilient to torture

This years flagships look mighty beautiful but also delicate. There is glass everywhere, both front and back. That is true for the LG G6, the HTC U Ultra, and, of course, the Samsung Galaxy S8. With the new style of smartphones comes a pressing question: how durable will these smartphones be? Will their classy look lead to more spider web fractures than we can care about? Will scratches abound as much as fingerprint smudges? Will they crack under the pressure of your posterior? Based on JerryRigEverything's test of the Galaxy S8, the answer to those is a reassuring "no".

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Nat & Friends take a look at the new Google Earth

Nat & Friends take a look at the new Google Earth

Earlier this week, Google gave Earth some much-needed love. Not the literal Earth, of course, but Google Earth. More or less 10 years old, Google Earth hasn’t exactly aged well with Google’s other services, especially its cousin, Google Maps. With the “re-launch” of Google Earth, however, the question of how exactly was it made naturally comes up. Just like with other Google Project, Nat & Friends interview the people involved to bring that answer to the public.

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HTC teases a squeezable U event next month

HTC teases a squeezable U event next month

HTC just can’t catch a break in the smartphone market. Just when you thought the HTC 10 would be a winner, it fails to capture the market by storm. The HTC U Ultra’s super shiny facade wasn’t also enough to fend off criticism of its less than impressive features. All these isn’t new to HTC and the Taiwanese company isn’t one to easily give up either. Against all odds, it will be launching yet another “U” branded smartphone, and it has marked a May date to do just that.

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