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Apple iPad Pro tablet to get a cheap version in Q2 2018

Most affordable iPad ever might arrive in Q2 2018

Although it is rumored that next year will bring at least one iPad with Face ID, insiders familiar with the matter also revealed that Apple also plans to launch its cheapest iPad to date in 2018. The price of this tablet is expected to be around US$259, claim the same sources.
Logo of the Monero cryptocurrency, the main currency mined using the Coinhive browser-based miner. (Source: Monero)

New cryptomining exploit continues to use your resources even after the browser window is closed

Malwarebytes has identified the use of pop-under windows which contain a cryptomining script to bypass adblockers and continue to run even after the user has closed the visible browser windows.
Microsoft Edge on Android and iOS handsets (Source: Microsoft)

Microsoft Edge now available as a stable release for Android and iOS

Now that the beta period is over, Microsoft Edge is ready for both Android and iOS devices. Its list of changes includes password sync, a dark theme, and the very handy "Continue to PC" feature.
Nintendo's new Animal Crossing game may be a financial win for the company.

Pocket change: Nintendo's latest foray into mobile gaming may be a financial boon

Nintendo's latest mobile title, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, may be a solid win for the Japanese juggernaut. The app has eclipsed 15 million downloads in its first week of release, and Nintendo's stock shot up 4.16% over the past week and has risen 92% year-to-date.
The micro-LEDs are less than 100 micrometers wide. (Source: ZDNet Korea)

150-inch micro-LED TVs to be demoed by Samsung at CES 2018

Samsung claims the micro-LEDs are better than OLEDs when it comes to larger screen TVs. The microscopic LEDs would solve the burn-in problems that come with the OLED displays, and would allow for larger screen sizes at a fraction of the cost. They can also be used to make foldable screens for mobile devices.
Apple iPhone X Smartphone Review

90% Apple iPhone X Smartphone Review

No revolution. Apple launches the iPhone X for the iPhone's 10th birthday, which is sold in addition to the "regular" iPhones. The highlight is obviously the OLED screen with very slim bezels. The concept works really well in practice, and we did not miss the Home button.
Apple A11 Bionic | Apple A11 Bionic GPU | 5.8" | 174 g
Apple intends to use a single foldable screen instead of a dual-panel setup. (Source:

Apple applies for foldable phone patent

Apple's patent involves a single flexible display made of carbon nanotubes, micro-LEDs and a special shape memory alloy based on liquid metal.
Apple iPhone X flagship pre-orders in South Korea exceed 300,000 units

iPhone X pre-orders in South Korea go beyond the 300,000 mark

The iPhone X pre-orders in South Korea exceed by far those of the iPhone 8, having managed to hit the 300,000 units mark already. Official sales are scheduled to kick off tomorrow, so there is still time for improving this record.
Misfit Command (Source: Misfit)

Misfit Command hybrid smartwatch now up for pre-order

The successor of the Vapor is now official as the Misfit Command and can be pre-ordered starting at US$112.49. This hybrid smartwatch comes with a regular cell battery that can last up to an entire year.
The 6.5-inch and 5.8-inch OLED iPhones expected to be released in 2018. (Source: KGI Securities)

New iPhone models with dual-SIM option and Gigabit LTE are expected to launch in 2018

The dual-SIM feature could end up on the OLED models already leaked a week ago. The gigabit LTE speeds will be provided by the Intel XMM 7560 and Snapdragon X20 LTE chips.
Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is a free download on iOS and Android. (Source: Google Play Store)

Nintendo's Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is now live on a smartphone near you

Nintendo sprung a surprise by announcing the availability of popular game, Animal Crossing, on iOS and Android app stores for free. The company aims to capture both console and smartphone gamers with its offerings.
Apple believes its AR headset could be a technology game changer. (Source: Affinity VR)

Rumor | Apple working on its own AR headset, believes it to be a game changer

Apple is rumored to be developing its own Augmented Reality (AR) headset independent of its existing mobile offerings, running custom parts and software. The company is said to be targeting a late-2019 to early-2020 launch for the headset.
Apple drops some loose change on AR startup Vrvana

Apple drops some loose change on AR startup Vrvana

Apple has acquired mixed reality headset startup Vrvana for a reported US$30 million. With its own headset rumored for 2018, it is likely that we will see Vrvana's unique technology rolled into Apple's own product.
Face ID on the iPhone X offers a disappointing user experience.

Face ID on the iPhone X is a backwards step in usability

First impression: Face ID is undoubtedly a sophisticated piece of technology. However, it is fails to offer a better user experience than Touch ID as a method of authentication — even if it is theoretically more secure.
IHS graph shows how much the iPhone X costs to produce compared to previous models (Image source: Apple)

IHS chart shows how much the iPhone X costs to produce compared to previous models

The iPhone X costs almost 2.5x more than the original iPhone SE in materials alone which coincidentally matches the 2.5x retail price of the Apple flagship.
The 10 Best Ultraportables for Late 2017

The 10 Best Ultraportables for Late 2017

Big power, small package. Looking for a new ultraportable notebook or laptop this holiday season? We've compiled a list of the best thin-and-light devices we've reviewed this year to help in your purchasing and gifting decisions.
Intel has completed field testing of its 5G modem. (Source: XDA Developers)

Intel's 5G modem completes end-to-end testing, could make its way into a future iPhone

Intel has announced that its first commercial 5G modem, the XMM 8060, has completed end-to-end field testing, beating rival Qualcomm in the 5G race. It is also being rumored that Apple is in talks with Intel to incorporate Intel's 5G offerings in future iPhones.
Siri has been an iOS exclusive up until now. (Source: Apple)

Apple will add ARM A10 Fusion chip for always-on Siri functionality in iMac Pro and MacBook Pro

While it has been an iOS exclusive for quite some time now, Siri will be coming to macOS starting with the upcoming iMac Pros and MacBook Pro versions. The ARM A10 Fusion chip will enable an always-on functionality that allows Siri to work even when the devices are completely shut off.
Facebook Creator app tools (Source: Facebook)

Facebook Creator app goes live for iOS, coming soon to Android devices

Released a few days ago, Facebook's new set of tools for content creators that comes as the Creator app is only available for iOS users for now. Described as "a one-stop shop for creators of all kinds," it should hit the Android platform in the coming months as well.
Samsung Galaxy S9 unofficial render (Source: DBS DESIGNING TEAM)

Purported Galaxy S9 benchmark scores are no match for the iPhone X

Benchmarks of a purported Samsung Galaxy S9 model have surfaced on Geekbench. While the scores show it to be one of the fastest Android flagships, it still is miles behind the iPhone X.
Apple HomePod smart speaker delayed until early 2018

Apple's HomePod smart speaker delayed until 2018

Unveiled back in June, the Apple HomePod smart speaker was expected to hit the market in December. Unfortunately, Apple has confirmed that this Siri-powered accessory will start shipping in early 2018.
Lineage 2: Revolution now available via Google Play and Apple's App Store

Lineage 2: Revolution hits Europe and North America

Lineage 2: Revolution has been available in South Korea, Japan, and China since early 2017, and today it finally hits North America and Europe. The game is available for both iOS and Android.
The Redmi Note 5A was launched a few months ago but no one actually cares about it.

Redmi Note 5 listed online

The Redmi Note 5 has been listed on, which may be a sign that we're set to get the mid-range killers in the coming weeks. Details of the device are unknown at the moment but we expect to see either the Snapdragon 630 or 636 on it, which would make for a delightful package, especially at the prices touted.
Apple iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy Note 8

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is faster than Apple's iPhone X

The tests conducted by the popular YouTube channel PhoneBuff revealed that the iPhone X and the Galaxy Note 8 are very close in terms of performance, but Samsung's flagship managed to win thanks to its strong multitasking capabilities.
The 7nm A11X Bionic could feature in the next gen iPad. (Source:

Rumor | iPads in 2018 could be based on the 7nm Apple A11X Bionic octa-core CPU

Apple will be reportedly using the A11X Bionic CPU in the next generation iPads, which is an octa-core CPU based off TSMCs 7nm fabrication process.
Delays in the production of the iPhone X hit Foxconn hard. (Source: Apple)

Foxconn profits tumble on the back of iPhone X woes

Apple's manufacturing partner took a lot of of pain due to delays with the mass production of its flagship iPhone X. This, coupled with sluggish sales of the iPhone 8, saw Foxconn's profit for the quarter tumble 39 percent.
Rumors point to three iPhone X-like models from Apple in 2018. (Source: KGI Securities)

Rumors point to three iPhone X-like models in 2018

Apple looks set to notch up no less than three iPhone X-like models in 2018, according to KGI Securities' Ming-Chi Kuo. Two will be high-end AMOLED models while the third will be a mid-range model slotting into the space currently occupied by the iPhone 8.
Still top dogs. (Source: China Daily Europe)

Global smartphone market sees rise in Q3

Average smartphone prices have seen a 7% rise over the course of the last year, and that's undoubtedly a product of the market's growth, with shipments for 2017 expected to total 7.4% more than what we saw in 2016.
The mask that turned Face ID into Farce ID (Source: Bkav Corp on YouTube)

Face ID tricked using a mask

A Vietnamese security firm managed to trick Apple's Face ID into unlocking the new iPhone X with the help of a custom mask that was created for a cost of around US$150. Perfecting the whole process took them about a week.
Apple's iPhone 8 flagship family gets a new minor iOS update

Apple fixes the autocorrect bug on iPhones and iPads

The bug that came with iOS 11.1 and simply did not allow some users to type "i" by replacing it with "A" and a Unicode symbol has just been fixed by iOS 11.1.1. This update also takes care of an issue with Siri ("Hey Siri" sometimes not working).
SwiftKey gets Photo Themes (Source: SwiftKey)

SwiftKey announces Photo Themes, teams up with a National Geographic contributing photographer

The SwiftKey virtual keyboard app for both Android and iOS has just received Photo Themes, as well as a gallery of nature images to use with this new feature.These shots were taken and curated by Keith Ladzinski, a top photographer who worked for ABC, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic.
Motorola smartphones making a comeback in the U.S. (Source: Strategy Analytics)

Motorola smartphones making a small comeback in the U.S.

The Lenovo-owned telecommunications company has clawed its way back to the list of top 5 largest smartphone manufacturers through outreach and strong sales of the Moto Z2 Play.
Apple iPhone X smartphone with Face ID technology, Face ID-enabled iPads allegedly coming in 2018

Next year's iPads might feature Face ID

Although the hardware needed to manufacture Face ID-enabled devices is in short supply right now, Apple is expected to speed things up and to add this technology to at least one of the iPad tablets to launch in 2018.
Sonnet eGFX Breakaway Puck. (Source: Sonnet)

Pack a puck: The Sonnet eGFX Breakaway Puck is a portable eGPU solution

Sonnet has released a compact eGPU designed to fit in your bag, ideal for travel, LAN parties, or MacOS High Sierra.
Apple iPhone X premium flagship (Source: Apple)

Apple now leading the US smartphone market

Although Samsung accounted for almost 34 percent of the US market compared to Apple's about 25 percent share in the second quarter of the year, the Cupertino-based company bounced back in the third quarter and gained the lead thanks to Samsung's declining sales during the given time frame.
Apple's iPhone X costs an estimated US$357.50 to manufacturer, resulting in a gross profit margin of 64 percent. This does not include research and development or marketing costs, of course.

Apple's iPhone X may cost even less to produce than previously thought

Recent teardowns estimate that the iPhone X costs even less than previously thought to manufacturer at around US$357.50. While the iPhone 8 has a gross profit margin of 59 percent, the iPhone X's is 64 percent. Apple CEO Tim Cook has responded by stating that Apple's products are being priced at the "value" they are delivering.
The resulting company after the merger would rival Samsung for most IPs under one roof. (Source: Engadget)

[Update]Broadcom rumored to acquire Qualcomm

Since Qualcomm is known to go through some financial problems with the Apple lawsuit, the company could benefit from a change of management. Broadcom is currently considering to help with that, and Qualcomm's acquisition could result in a more consolidated market.
Image: Apple

IDC analytics point to 3-year decline in tablet sales

Marking the twelfth straight quarter of year-over-year decline, the third quarter of 2017 saw the tablet market slump 5.4%. Despite a bump in sales growth from 4 of the top 5 tablet retailers, the market as a whole continues its downward trend with no end in sight.
Apple has released a video highlighting key UI changes for iPhone X. (Source: Apple)

Apple iPhone X video walks through key UI changes

Apple has released a video outlining all the major UI changes that apply to the iPhone X. Although the new gestures are described by Apple as being "intuitive," the video is actually surprisingly essential viewing.
In spite of all the Qualcomm lawsuits, Apple is doing well and even managed to sell more products. (Source: Apple)

Apple's Q4 2017 earnings turn out better than expected

Revenues cap at US$52.6 billion and Apple managed to sell more iPhones, iPads and Macs compared to Q4 2016. The iPhone 8/X models are expected to increase revenues by as much as US$35 billion for Q1 2018.
Apple may be looking to completely cut Qualcomm components from their products down the line. (Source: iFixit)

Qualcomm alleges Apple shared trade secrets with arch-rival Intel

Qualcomm has filed another suit against Apple, alleging that Apple may have broken their contract and intentionally shared the company's trade-secrets with Intel.
Nearly one in four smartphones shipped have been from Samsung according to IDC (Source: Samsung)

Nearly one in four smartphones shipped have been from Samsung according to IDC

Despite shipping nearly 10 percent more smartphones this year, Samsung revenue dropped QoQ because of a more balanced sales distribution between its entry, mainstream, and flagship offerings.
In spite of all the troubles Qualcomm is going through right now, the Snapdragon SoC sales are going as planned. (Source: Wall Street Journal)

Qualcomm profits down 90%, Snapdragon sales still going strong

The ongoing Apple lawsuit proves to be a thorn in Qualcomm's side. Net income is down from US$1.6 billion to US$168 million compared to last year's Q4 report. SoC sales have not been affected, however, and the stocks did not drop too much.
The LandingZone Docking Station for MacBook Pro with Touch Bar has 16 ports. (Source: LandingZone)

LandingZone Unveils Docking Station for the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

LandingZone has released its new Docking Station for 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros with Touch Bar. Although not Thunderbolt-enabled, it brings with it 16 ports that will keep most users happy.
Fraternal twins fool Face ID on iPhone X. (Source: Mashable)

Farce ID: Fraternal twins defeat iPhone X Face ID

Apple's Face ID tech has been easily defeated by two sets of fraternal twins in a Mashable experiment captured on video. The video does little to put to rest concerns that Apple may have dumbed down the technology in order to help boost iPhone X shipments ahead of its launch.
Third-generation iPad. (Source: Apple)

Third-generation iPad will be classified as 'vintage and obsolete' on October 31st

An Apple Authorised Service Provider has revealed that the third-generation iPad will be put on the 'vintage and obsolete' list at the end of this month, ending official repairs and the ability to order spare parts from Apple.
Points for effort. (Source: Pocketnow)

The average iPhone X is being scalped for US$1500

Apple fans who want to pick up the company's newly released iPhone X could find themselves shelling out up to 50% more than MSRP to get their hands on one. Those who find the idea of paying scalpers hundreds of dollars more distasteful will probably face at least a 4-6 week wait.
PowerbyPoxi. (Source: Movac)

Apple aims to improve wireless charging by purchasing New Zealand based 'PowerbyProxi'

Apple has recently introduced wireless charging to the iPhone series, and has now cementeted their position in the wireless charging market with their purchase of New Zealand based 'PowerbyProxi'
Apple's Face ID technology is proving controversial before the iPhone X launches. (CNET)

Farce ID: Apple rejects report of Face ID dumbing down

Apple's iPhone X isn't even on sale yet and the controversy surrounding one of its key technologies has reached fever pitch. Apple has now released a statement responding to claims that it has reduced the quality standard for Face ID so it can have more devices ready for shipment.
Apple iPhone 7 flagship only available with 32 GB and 128 GB storage variants starting later October 2017

Apple discontinues the 256 GB iPhone 7

Usually US$100 cheaper than the iPhone 8 with the same amount of internal storage space, the 256 GB iPhone 7 looks like a very good deal right now, but those looking for a good deal should hurry up and grab one while they still can.

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