After delays, Lenovo finally ships its first OLED laptop

From InfoWorld: After months of delays, Lenovo's first laptop with an OLED (organic light-emitting diode) screen is now shipping, but it's unclear whether the PC maker will bring out additional OLED models anytime soon.

The ThinkPad X1 Yoga with a 14-inch OLED screen is now shipping for $1,682, which is a premium price compared to the same model with a conventional LED screen, priced at $1,394. Both laptops have Intel Core i5 Skylake processors.

Playstation VR launching in Asia same day as US

From CNET: Last month we learned that Sony's Playstation VR platform would come to the US, UK and Australia on October 13. On Thursday, the company revealed that those in Asia will be able to join the party at exactly the same time.

Playstation VR will launch on October 13 in Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia. In Singapore, it'll retail for SG$599 -- that converts to around $445, about 10 percent more than the $399 Americans will pay.

Smartphone market inches back to growth with Samsung holding the lead

From PC World: The smartphone market is showing signs of growth again, but barely, with shipments up nearly 1 percent year-on-year in the second quarter, according to Strategy Analytics.

The research firm, which had reported a 3 percent drop in the market in the last quarter, said Wednesday that there are indications that the market had bottomed out in the first half of this year. Multiple new product launches from vendors including Samsung Electronics and Apple could see an improving growth outlook for the second half of the year.

Uber and Didi get the legal green light in China

From CNET: After launching in Shanghai three years ago, Uber is now legal in China.

Up until now ride-sharing apps like Uber had been operating in a legal grey area in China. The new law, which takes effect on 1 November, ends that uncertainty with a set of rules for apps that connect passengers to drivers using their own cars to offer rides.

Pokemon no go: Nintendo suffers quarterly net loss of $234 million

From CNET: Pokemon Go is a bona fide hit, but Nintendo is still in the red. The Kyoto-based company on Wednesday released an earnings report for the first quarter of the financial year, revealing a net loss of 24.5 billion yen -- roughly $234 million.

Xiaomi's first laptop is the Mi Notebook Air, a $750 MacBook rival

From PC World: China’s Xiaomi has entered the laptop market with new, lightweight notebooks that run Microsoft’s Windows 10.

The company, which has been getting into new markets including air-purifiers and drones, introduced on Wednesday its Mi Notebook Air, at prices ranging from RMB 3499, or around $524, for the 12.5-inch model with the larger, flagship model at RMB 4,999, or about $749.

T-Mobile bulks up as new customers gulp down pizza freebies and more

From CNET: When T-Mobile in early June launched its freebie program, which gave away pizza, streaming movies and, for some, shares of the company, it likely didn't have a sense of how quickly its customers would embrace the idea. Its T-Mobile Tuesday app crashed on launch day. The free pizza giveaway overwhelmed partner Domino's, and the pizza chain backed out of the program.

WD preparing to ship flash chips with half a terabit of capacity

From InfoWorld: Western Digital (WD) has begun manufacturing the third generation of its 3D NAND flash chips, which increases the number of layers from 48 to 64 and will allow it to double capacity.

Pilot production of the new 64-layer chips has already started in WD's Yokkaichi, Japan joint venture fabrication plant; initial shipments are expected in the fourth quarter of this year with "meaningful commercial volumes" beginning in the first half of 2017.

On the heels of Yahoo deal, Verizon sees slowing phone growth

From CNET: The New York telecommunications giant is fresh off its Monday announcement that it plans to acquire Yahoo's core internet business. The deal is part of Verizon's broader strategy to transform itself into something more than just a basic phone company. Yahoo is expected to merge with Verizon's other online asset, AOL, to create a digital ad and media platform to rival online giants Google and Facebook.

AMD's Polaris-based Radeon Pro WX GPUs can create VR content for under $1,000

From PC World: Apple's decision to use the FirePro professional GPU in its Mac Pro line was a signature win for AMD; otherwise, the GPU maker is getting crushed by Nvidia in the workstation market.

AMD is now pushing to become a major player in professional graphics with new GPUs in the new Radeon Pro WX family. With the new GPUs, AMD is also scuttling the FirePro brand, which hasn't helped the company succeed in the workstation space.


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