Panay: Microsoft Surface hardware still going to be relevant

In fact, it’s more than the core of what Microsoft wants to do: to complete user experiences at work and at home. Hardware’s key.

Galaxy Note 9 shutter button in protective case actually lanyard holes

The Galaxy Note 4 was probably the closest we got to getting a camera shutter button on a big Samsung phone. It wasn’t going to start this year.

LG G7 ThinQ brings more noise, more screen, more AI

The speakers sound like a Boombox, the screen is actually a Super Bright Display and the AI CAM is more intelligent than ever before. LG officially makes the hard sell to consumers on the LG G7 ThinQ.

Near-final Moto Z3 Play renders outed in leak

The renders show a most interesting development in the Moto Mods connector design in that it has not changed at all, even as prior speculative leaks marked changes.

Spotify Car Player caught in Reddit thread from January

Seems like Spotify likes not only to test its marketing apparatuses out, but tease our minds with new hardware that it has wanted to put out.

Spotify sets event for New York on April 24

New York will be the setting for this event and everyone’s speculating about the hardware. For sure, this event’s about hardware, right?

Don’t put the HomePod on wood — but if you do, here’s how to treat it

The silicone ring at the bottom of Apple’s smart speaker doesn’t leave residue, but because it dampens vibrations, it will mess around with the oils of finished surfaces.

Apple: iPhone 8, iPhone X battery management is more robust than older devices

But it’s not because of the software. In fact, there’s a reasonable implication that Apple is claiming that new hardware means no throttling will be warranted in future software updates.

Google Home Mini crashes at high volumes

If you want to rock out with the Google Home Mini, you should be able to do so. But nope, some users find their device crashing.

Google ships Pixel 2 that failed QA while other units click and beep

Many Pixel owners didn’t get the right tender love and care they deserved — they wanted their damn phones to work. Boy, is it a mess this time.

No surprise: Samsung Display blamed for iPhone 8 pricing above $1,000

Really, it’s no surprise that Samsung can command a premium on its mobile OLED displays when other display providers have yet to get up to Apple’s spec.

What Snapdragon 836? Pixel 2 will use Qualcomm Snapdragon 835

Leaks and rumors have pinned the Pixel 2 (and, to a lesser extent, the Pixel XL 2) to feature a Snapdragon 835. Qualcomm is said to have no 836 plans.

f/1.6 aperture shown on European LG V30 EXIF data

Early review units of the V30 have been reporting the aperture of the main camera to be f/1.69 or f/1.7. So, is this the end all be all?

iTunes movies may stream in 4K and HDR soon to a new Apple TV

Unfortunately, you can’t download files that have been labeled (by mistake at this premature stage) as “Movie (4K, HDR)”.

TCL responds to BlackBerry KEYone display mishaps

Bend it, drop it, pop it. The display on some BlackBerry KEYone devices can be prone to detachment and that’s a problem that needs and may get fixing.

Playing the hardware lottery with the Galaxy S8 (Video)

Samsung promoted the Galaxy S8 featuring UFS 2.1 memory. Testers called out the company, finding UFS 2.0 speeds. It then hid the spec line from the public.

A Microsoft engineer excuses the Surface Laptop from USB-C

USB-C is too open, he says, and lays the potential out that users will blame Microsoft, not cable manufacturers, for their charging problems.

BixRemap brings back Bixby Button remapping on Galaxy S8, but for how long?

Samsung has been quashing grassroots groundwork to be able to reprogram the Galaxy S8’s Bixby Button, setting up for a literal Dave vs. Goliath battle.

Spotify wants to join the hardware-making fun with a ‘category defining product’ of some sort

It’s impossible to know what kind of “category defining” product Spotify might be cooking up, but it’s definitely related to audio and voice support.

Honor Beta US program extending questionnaire, test opportunities

It’s more than just an Android Nougat test program. There will be more chances for users to comment and test things that could pop up in two years.

There’s also a five-second Galaxy S8 video tour

The front’s all black, you turn it around and there’s a huge bleeping sticker telling us the consequences of leaking the device out.

Fitbit may only be interested in Pebble’s software, Time 2 and Core nearing cancellation [Update: confirmed]

Wearable market leader Fitbit is almost certainly closing in on buying smartwatch pioneer Pebble, but only for the latter’s software “assets.”

Samsung AMOLED featured in Google Pixel XL teardown

HTC might have manufactured the Google Pixel, but it seems that Google made good on its promise to take control of design. All the way down to the insides.

Forget DTEK60, will BlackBerry quit smartphones on September 28?

Investors are hoping that will be the case. They can even point to some outlying evidence. But what about that second Android phone John Chen promised?

Qualcomm introduces another piece of reference hardware, the Snapdragon VR820

Heavy-duty virtual reality headsets don’t have to be tied down with wires to driving devices. Qualcomm wants to prove that to developers with the VR820.