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It seems Apple and its iOS platform may weather the recent stock price storm. (Source: Time)

IDC forecasts smartphone shipment growth in 2019 and through 2022

IDC has published a report with forecast projections for global smartphone shipments in 2018 and 2022. The research company expects a drop of 3% in 2018 followed by a small increase in 2019 that will carry on through to 2022. The ...
The LG HomeBrew capsule-based connected home brew solution is coming to CES 2019. (Source: LG)

LG is launching a connected pod-based home beer machine

LG has launched a connected home brewing solution called the HomeBrew. It will adopt a Nespresso-style capsule solution that should make home brewing easier than ever, particularly for millennials keen on craft beers.
Facebook Group Stories now available worldwide (Source: Facebook Community)

Group Stories rolls out to Facebook users worldwide

Those who love Facebook's Stories feature can finally enjoy it in their Groups as well. Group Stories has been tested starting earlier this year, and now this feature is finally available for Facebook users all around the world on...
Apple acquires artist oriented promo platform Platoon. (Source: Business Insider)

Apple acquires Platoon for Apple Music, updates Beddit sleep monitor to v3.5

Apple has acquired A & R startup Platoon to supplement its Apple Music services for artists. In other Apple news, it has also updated its Beddit Sleep Monitor system to version 3.5.
The Dragon Age 4 clip teases the phrase "The Dread Wolf Rises," a reference to Dragon Age: Inquisition. (Source: Kotaku)

Game Awards announcements: Far Cry: New Dawn, Dragon Age 4, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3

The Game Awards 2018 has hosted a plethora of announcements, which included details about titles such as Dragon Age 4, Far Cry: New Dawn, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order, Mortal Kombat 11, Psychonauts 2, Rage 2, The Ou...
Google Allo app (Source: Chris Welch for The Verge)

Google has decided to stop supporting Allo and focus on Messages instead

Earlier this year, Google decided to stop investing in Allo and pushed some of its popular features — such as Smart Reply, GIFs, and desktop support — to the Messages app. Yesterday, Google has finally confirmed that the smart mes...
Products like the Honor 9 flagship have helped Huawei catch up to Samsung. (Source: GSMArena)

Huawei threatening Samsung for global smartphone market share lead

New data from market research company Gartner depicts a strong third quarter 2018 for Chinese manufacturers Huawei and Xiaomi. Both companies managed to increase their global smartphone market share from 3Q17, whilst the big hitte...
Huawei may build its own OS. (Source: ETNews)

Huawei to launch proprietary OS for its smartphones

A new report from a Korean media outlet details Huawei's plans to introduce an in-house OS for its mobile devices. Should this prospect be realized, the Chinese company may drop its Android skin (EMUI) for completely separate soft...
Epic Games has added a 60 FPS option to Fortnite for the iPhone XR, XS and XS Max with the game's latest update. (Source: Epic Games)

Epic Games brings 60 FPS Fortnite to the latest trio of iPhones

Epic Games has silently enabled 60 FPS for the iPhone XR, XS and XS Max in its latest update for Fortnite on iOS, according to the Senior PR Manager at the company. The update (v. 6.31) is live now on the App Store.
Apple's stock price has been on a rollercoaster this year. (Source: Google)

Despite continued struggles, Apple says iPhone XR is "most popular iPhone" since its launch

Apple became the world's first trillion dollar company this past August. Since then, the Cupertino giant has struggled to hit sales targets for its latest iPhone family. Despite this, Apple VP of product marketing Greg Joswiak sai...
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DriveSavers can now recover data from locked smartphones for a mere $3,900

DriveSavers, one of the world's leading data recovery companies, now offers a service for unlocking smartphones and tablets that have a locked passcode, including iPhones and iPads. DriveSavers claims to be the only company that o...
PUBG Mobile was released in 2018. (Source: gmbox)

PUBG Mobile cooks Fortnite's goose on iOS

PUBG Mobile managed to eclipse Fortnite’s earnings for two days in a row on iOS, according to market analyst SensorTower. This is the first time the Tencent game has managed to beat out the effort from Epic on Apple’s platform in ...
Image via stock photo, Apple (w/ edits)

Apple heads to U.S. Supreme Court to argue against App Store monopoly lawsuit

Apple will appear before the U.S. Supreme Court today to argue that a lawsuit brought against it is invalid. Apple claims that the lawsuit, which alleges that the iOS App Store creates a monopoly for the company, could only be bro...
Image via Stardew Valley (w/ edits)

Stardew Valley raked in over $1 million in its first month on iOS

Stardew Valley is a bonafide hit, and the success keeps rolling in. In its first three weeks on iOS, the game brought in over $1 million in revenue. In total, Stardew Valley has sold over 4.6 million copies, although it's likely s...
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Pokémon: Let's Go sells 3 million copies in its first week, becomes fastest selling Switch game ever

Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! are now the fastest selling Nintendo Switch titles, having sold over 3 million copies in their first week of release. While the titles have outsold Switch champions like Super Mario...
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Kodi 18 "Leia" release candidate now available for download

Kodi 18 has been in development for two years, and the first release candidate (RC 1) is finally available. Although it is still technically a beta version, RC 1 will be reflective of the final release. There are several new featu...
Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2018, LTE, 256 GB) Tablet Review

92% Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2018, LTE, 256 GB) Tablet Review

Strong and expensive. The release of the third generation of Apple’s huge tablet has coincided with a complete redesign that shares more design cues with the new iPhone XS series than classic iPhones. Apple has equipped its most-expensive tablet with its most-powerful ARM SoC, Face ID, high volume storage options, support for a new Apple Pencil and much more, including a massive mark-up in price.
Apple A12X Bionic | Apple A12X Bionic GPU | 12.9" | 633 g
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Valve to discontinue Steam Link once current supply sells out

Valve quietly announced that once physical stock of the Steam Link streaming device sells out, they will no longer sell physical units. Instead, Valve will shift focus and support to the Steam Link mobile app, currently only avail...
Images via Apple (w/ edits)

Apple has cut production order for the iPhone XS and iPhone XR, according to suppliers

According to some of its suppliers, Apple has cut orders for both the iPhone XS and iPhone XR. Citing a weak Chinese market and a slowdown in smartphone demand, Apple has had to pare back its supply of the new iPhones, a move that...
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T-Mobile phones may be moving to 3-year payment plans, starting with Black Friday deals

T-Mobile looks like it has some great deals on some of the best smartphones released this year. Handsets like the iPhone XR and Galaxy S9 can be had for free, but reading the fine print shows a few caveats. In addition to activati...
Shadow Fight 3 celebrates its first anniversary (Source: Shadow Fight 3 on Twitter)

Shadow Fight 3 celebrates its first anniversary

Although Nekki's Shadow Fight has a history that started back in 2011, Shadow Fight 3 is only one year old. This action-RPG fighting game is available for iOS and Android devices, supports 11 languages, and works great on mid-rang...
Niantic has teamed up with Warner Bros. for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. (Source: Niantic)

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite finally has a trailer

The mobile game Harry Potter: Wizards Unite has finally received a teaser trailer, just over a year after its development was announced. There are plenty of games based in the Harry Potter world, but this one is particularly newsw...
AirPods utilize an Apple W1 SoC. (Source: BGR)

AirPods 2 could be coming soon; possible images leaked

It has been claimed that Apple will be releasing the successor to its AirPods product before the end of the year. There has been speculation that AirPods 2 could feature a case that can be charged wirelessly, but nothing has been ...
You can watch HDR movies on the new iPad Pro models - just not in HDR. (Source: Apple)

Apple fudging new iPad Pro HDR capabilities

Apple’s new iPad Pro tablets have received largely positive reviews. One area that has come in for praise is its display. However, although claiming users can watch HDR movies on the tablet, all is not quite what it seems.
Image via Lasso (iOS App Store)

Facebook hopes to capture the youth vote with Lasso, a TikTok competitor

Lasso is a new short video sharing platform from Facebook designed to compete with TikTok. The new app, available now on iOS and Android, "makes it easy for anyone to create and share short videos with fun effects." Marketed at te...
2-in-1 devices were not included in the data. (Source:

Global tablet sales to fall; Huawei to make gains

A report from TrendForce has been published that forecasts the state of the tablet industry in 2019. Apple is expected to remain the leader in terms of market share, followed by Samsung, Huawei, Amazon, and Lenovo. However, it is ...
Magic UX interface uses AR to "pin" apps in virtual spaces to make multitasking truly seamless

Magic UX interface uses AR to "pin" apps in virtual spaces to make multitasking truly seamless

Design consultancy Special Projects has unveiled a new user interface approach to multitasking that uses AR technology. Seeking to emulate a physical real world work flow, the interface allows users to switch naturally between app...
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Apple has started selling refurbished iPhone 8 devices for $499

Apple's in-house refurbished store has started selling 64 GB iPhone 8 handsets for $499, $100 less than a new phone. Apple's refurbished iPhones are basically used internals that are cleaned and repaired, then placed into a new ch...
That's a lot of dislikes. (Image: YouTube, 6:30 PM CST, Nov. 4)

Diablo Immortal announced by Blizzard, subsequently denounced by gamers

Diablo Immortal, the latest title in the storied Diablo franchise, has hit a wall of criticism. Many gamers are upset over the mobile-only release, claiming that the game is a cheap cash-in and a re-skin of another mobile game tha...
Apple enjoyed limited shipment growth of just 0.5%. (Source: Stuff)

Smartphone shipments down as Huawei aims for Samsung's crown

Global smartphone shipments for the third quarter have fallen by 6% over the last 12 months, according to data from IDC. The shipment volume for 3Q 2018 stood at 355.2 million units, compared to 377.8 million smartphones shipped i...
Spotify shares were affected by less than completely positive earnings reports. (Source:

Spotify shares sank by 11% due to pessimistic earnings forecast

The shares of the company Spotify were down 11% at the start of today (November 1, 2018) due to a forecast that shows relatively poor fourth-quarter performance. In addition, Spotify is now reported to be committed to new investme...
Apple iPhone X gets CPU throttling (Source: Apple)

Apple's iPhone X gets speed throttling

Although Apple has previously said that this controversial feature would not be pushed to its post-iPhone 7 handsets, it seems that the Cupertino-based giant has decided to add speed throttling for the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and...
Apple's love affair with dongles continues with the launch of its all-new USB-C to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter. (Source: Apple)

Apple launches a new dongle, this time for the USB-C iPad Pro

Apple has launched an all-new dongle alongside the launch of the new iPad Pro models. The latest dongle in Apple’s extensive selection of dongles available through its online and retail stores is a USB-C to 3.5mm headphone jack.
New iPhones can connect to two separate carriers using a single SIM card, but there are some issues with Verizon and T-Mobile. (Image via iFixIt)

Verizon and T-Mobile don't support iOS 12's dual-SIM feature

Apple is rolling out iOS 12.1 today, and if you have an iPhone Xs, Xs Max, or XR, you can use Apple's new dual-SIM feature... as long as you're not using Verizon on your digital SIM or as your secondary number. Both T-Mobile and V...
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Apple unveils new iPad Pro with smaller bezels and USB Type-C

Apple unveiled the new iPad Pro, and many of the rumors from the past year were accurate. The new iPad Pro brings a more powerful A12X bionic SoC, Face ID, and a switch from Lightning to USB-C. The iPad Pro starts at $799 for an 1...
New emojis in iOS 12.1 (Source: Apple Newsroom)

Apple unleashes iOS 12.1, Group FaceTime and new emojis in tow

Just as previously rumored, the new update for Apple's mobile operating system — iOS 12.1 — comes with Group FaceTime and a set of new emojis. In addition to these changes that target all compatible iPhones and iPads, the iPhone X...
All charts via Geekbench. See below for the top Android and iOS benchmarks, as of 10/28/2018

The iPhone XR is 25% faster than the fastest Android phones in Geekbench 4

The iPhone XR scored about 25% better than Android's best in Geekbench 4's multi-core benchmark. While this is impressive on paper (considering that the $750 iPhone XR is cheaper than most Android flagships), there is much more to...
Apple iPhone XR Smartphone Review

90% Apple iPhone XR Smartphone Review

Great again – Apple positions the iPhone XR between the two XS models’ size-wise but equips the device with a lower resolution LCD display and only a single rear-facing camera. There are a few other minor drawbacks too, but does the XR do enough to be crowned the best overall iPhone? Read on to find out.
Update: Review completed.
Apple A12 Bionic | Apple A12 Bionic GPU | 6.1" | 194 g
Group FaceTime in action. (Source: Apple)

iOS 12.1 will unlock Dual SIM and Group FaceTime - but only for newer devices

The next upcoming update for iOS is now rumored to add Group FaceTime and dual SIM support to some phones. For some other, older models, however, only restricted forms of Group FaceTime are coming. Some others are not getting this...
Concept render of the 2018 iPad Pro. (Image source: iDownloadBlog)

Code snippet from iOS 12.1 beta all but confirms Face ID for iPad Pro

Buried in the latest iOS 12.1 beta code are instructions for users to hold their iPad in portrait orientation so that Face ID can be set up. If legitimate, this code would confirm rumors that Face ID is indeed coming to the next i...
Facebook Messenger 4 coming soon to iOS and Android with a new interface (Source: Facebook Newsroom)

Facebook Messenger 4 goes all-white and only sports three tabs

Expected to roll out to Android and iOS devices in the coming weeks, Facebook Messenger 4 comes with a simplified white interface that only sports three tabs, and it also comes with the ability to add color gradients to chat bubbl...
Both speakers in this iPhone XS Max diagram should function to play audio. (Source:

Stereo-gate: iPhone XS and XS Max hit with new bug (audio this time)

The latest Apple flagship smartphones are facing yet another issue that means they do not work out of the box as described. This time, it seems that one of their dual speakers does not fire while playing audio. The bug has been re...
The Apple iPad Mini 4 is only currently available with 128 GB storage. (Source: Apple)

Apple reportedly working on iPad Mini 5

A renowned supply chain analyst has predicted that Apple will soon update the iPad Mini series, with a fifth generation of the popular tablet possibly coming out in 2019. The iPad Mini 4 was released in 2015 and featured the now d...
The Misfit Vapor 2 smartwatch is compatible with Android and iOS-powered phones. (Source: Misfit)

Misfit announces the Vapor 2 smartwatch

Misfit, the American wearables manufacturer, has unveiled official details about the upcoming Vapor 2 smartwatch. The wearable will come in two different sizes and feature a phone-free music player, a standalone GPS, and it will h...
43 percent of millennials check their phone once every 20 minutes (Source: KDM Engineering)

43 percent of Millennials check their smartphone once every 20 minutes

Most smartphone users know of his or her bad smartphone habits, but they just don't seem to care. More than half admit to texting while driving with many even pulling out the smartphone during job interviews.
The iPhone XR adds blue to the Apple back-panel color gamut. (Source: Rogers)

iPhone XR now available for pre-order

The iPhone XR may be the be-notched version of the SE line of old. It offers many new Apple features in a slightly cheaper chassis. This alternative to the XS and XS Max may be attractive for those who like different colors, don't...
Winamp 2 default interface, Winamp 6 coming in 2019

Winamp is rising from the dead, version 6 coming in 2019

If everything works as planned, Winamp 5.8 will arrive tomorrow with a bunch of fixes in tow and — the best part of it all — without the paid options previously reserved to the users of the Pro version. However, this iconic piece ...
If you're a bit short of cash, consider the regular-sized XS for US$74,995. (Source: Brikk)

Own a solid gold Apple iPhone XS Max for just under US$100,000

A luxury customization company called Brikk has created a solid gold Apple iPhone XS Max that costs US$94,995. The device features 313 g (11.08 oz) of 22K gold and is appropriately part of the firm's Ingot Collection. Brikk has al...
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Farmer in my Pocket: Stardew Valley is coming to iOS October 24, Android port will follow soon

The uber-popular indie farming simulator Stardew Valley is getting an iOS port this month. The title is up for pre-order on the Apple App Store now and will be available for download October 24 for US$7.99. An Android port will be...
Apple-branded device owners would choose Huawei over Samsung devices. (Source: Tech.Co)

Smartphone research data shows Apple winning over Android users

Research data, created by BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research and shared by Horace Dediu on Twitter, has shown that Apple and its products seem to be succeeding in tempting Android users away from their currently owned devices. For...

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