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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...
An EUV machine used in semiconductor manufacturing. (Source: Medium)

2019 iPhone processors to be exclusively provided by TSMC

Apple reportedly only has one partner to make chips for the next iPhones after the XS/R series: TSMC. These A13 processors are likely to be 7nm in die size. If so, TSMC could make history in being the first company to manufacture ...
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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...
Google has not increased the rear camera count of its Pixel lineup this year. (Source: Google)

In a world of multiple rear smartphone cameras, the Pixel 3 XL sticks with one

2018 is definitely the year of the at-least-three-camera phone. Some upcoming devices may have even more. However, Google seems content with the single rear shooter it has incorporated into the new Pixel 3 series.
Apple iPhone XS charging bug solved by iOS 12.0.1

Apple fixes iPhone XS charging problems (and more) in iOS 12.0.1

Apple has just released iOS 12.0.1, just in time to stop what appeared to be an upcoming "charge gate" scandal caused by an issue that made iPhone XS handsets fail to charge when using a Lightning cable. This brand-new iOS update ...
Jailbreaking in iOS 12 is looking more and more likely. (Source:

Developer claims to have jailbroken iPhone XS Max

A well-known iOS developer, Luca Tudesco, is reported as stating that jailbreaking in the iPhone XS Max's A12 chip is possible. It may be a follow-up in which the related group Pangu claimed that they had done the same in iOS 12. ...
New Samsung Galaxy Note 9 or old iPhone X? Hm... (Source: CNET)

Samsung US is temporarily doubling its trade-in payoffs - even for iPhones

How about a new Galaxy S9, S9 Plus or Note 9 for your iPhone X? No? What if you get $600 as well? This is the premise of Samsung USA's new promotion. The company will increase its usual trade-in price, even for Apple products, for...
The iPhone XS Max. (Source: ZDNET)

The iPhone XS Max - Excellent but a notch below the best (DxOMark)

The iPhone XS Max was recently unveiled with one of the heftiest price tags we've ever seen on a production smartphone. Thankfully, it offers a matching camera performance, but one still a touch below the absolute best. According ...
The latest iPhone series has already beaten its forebears in early market share. (Source: Engadget)

iPhone XS series has outdone its predecessors in first-week sales

The iPhone XS and XS Max models have collectively outdone their predecessors when it comes to capturing a share of Apple customers in their launch year. They have also exceeded the iPhones 8 and 8 Plus when it comes to gaining thi...
The iPhone 6S is being rivalled by Apple's newest wearable in some respects. (Source:

Apple Watch 4 found to be just as fast as iPhone 6S, but only for certain metrics

A developer has created an app that can test the 60fps rendering capabilities of the S4 SIP, the processing platform found in the 4th-gen Apple Watch. He has reported that the watch equals the iPhone 6S in this test. The watch als...
Huawei might have been a bit too overconfident with their claims regarding the supermacy of the Kirin 980. (Source: Pocketnow)

Huawei's Kirin 980 does not beat Apple's A12 Bionic in leaked Geekbench results

The latest Geekbench results come to contradict Huawei's claims from last week. The Kirin 980 is certainly not faster than the A12 Bionic, but it does perform better than Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845. This might just be an early Mate...
Do the latest iPhones have a fundamental issue with their use? (Source:

'Charge-gate'? Emerging reports of charging-port issues in some iPhone XS and XS Max units

Reports coming from several different sources claim that some brand-new iPhones are not charging unless their screens are on. This issue apparently affects both the iPhone XS and XS Max. However, the reports also suggest that this...
Image source: Google (w/ edits)

Google is shelling out billions to remain the default search engine for Apple's Safari browser

Google will reportedly pay US $9 billion over 2018 to remain the default search engine for the Safari browser. This price may go up to as much as $12 billion next year. However, due to the growing popularity of Apple's devices, th...
The iPhone XR will hit Apple stores and retailers on October 26, but do not expect it to be too affordable. (Source: Apple)

iPhone XR gets FCC approval, will ship in late October

The FCC has finally approved Apple's iPhone XR, and the smartphone is expected to hit the stores on October 26. Apart from the fast A12 Bionic SoC, the "more affordable" iPhone does not really feature anything that justifies the U...
Apple iPhone XS Smartphone Review

91% Apple iPhone XS Smartphone Review

My preciousss - Apple has stuck with its “S” nomenclature even after its anniversary iPhone and has consequently followed the iPhone X with the iPhone XS. As with previous “S” models, the iPhone XS is more a technical refinement of its predecessor than a fundamental departure. The iPhone XS should do everything better than its predecessor without reinventing itself. Read on for our iPhone XS review and to find out whether the device can match expectations.
Update: Added PWM video.
Apple A12 Bionic | Apple A12 Bionic GPU | 5.8" | 177 g
Apple iPhone Xs Max

90% Apple iPhone XS Max Smartphone Review

Maximum. The iPhone XS Max is Apple’s largest and most expensive iPhone yet. However, Apple has not brought as many new features to the party as many would have liked. Find out in our review whether bigger and faster is enough for the iPhone XS Max to take our coveted throne at the top of the smartphone pile. Update: Test completed.
Apple A12 Bionic | Apple A12 Bionic GPU | 6.5" | 208 g
The iPhone XS Max (left) is estimated to cost Apple US$443 each in components. (Source: Apple)

iPhone XS Max component costs revealed

If there’s one thing that matches the size of the new iPhone XS Max models from Apple, it is their price. If you want to know how much money of yours the Cupertino giant is sticking straight into its bank account, read on. If you ...
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Antennagate 2.0? The iPhone XS and XS Max users are complaining of poor cellular and WiFi connections

The new iPhone XS and XS Max may have inherited the iPhone 4's poor cellular connection strength. Several users are complaining of poor or dropped cellular and WiFi connections. While these claims are still just conjecture, they a...
A new survey suggests that consumers prefer their services as on-the-go as possible. (Source: SlashGear)

Over half of consumers surveyed would prefer a service accessible from their phones: new data

A new survey has indicated that the majority of consumers today may be more likely to support a business that demonstrates good mobile service implementation. This means that their apps, websites or online presences are easily acc...
Cables, cables everywhere - but for how long? (Source: Electricals4Dummies)

Cable-based connectivity set to be worth US$34 billion in 5 years

The wired interface market - which encompasses all types of USB cable, as well as others (e.g. Thunderbolt or HDMI) - is estimated to have a compound annual growth rate of 6.2% well into the next decade. However, it appears that t...
The iPhone XS (right) has a single battery. Notice the slightly smaller width along the top right edge. (Image source: FixjeiPhone)

The iPhone XS has a smaller battery capacity than the iPhone X

According to TENAA, the iPhone XS has a 2658 mAh battery, a small downgrade from the iPhone X's 2716 mAh battery. Considering that the iPhone X was criticized for its mediocre battery life last year, this could be a sticking point...
Samsung's RAM is used in everything, from desktops to laptops to phones. This supply decrease may affect more than DIY PC parts. (Source: GameRevolution)

Samsung plans to lower memory supply in order to keep prices high

While DRAM prices have been dropping since January of this year, the price of DDR4 memory is still significantly higher than it was in 2016. Now, during a time of reduced demand, Samsung may be planning to cut down on supply in or...
A new reports estimates the worth of the smart home market in 2025. (Source:

Smart home market to exceed US$90 billion by 2025: new report

Smart home technology has definitely caught on by now, with many people automating or controlling their living spaces with new products designed to be integrated into them. A new market research report suggests that the market bui...
Image source: 9to5Mac

Code buried in iOS 12.1 heavily implies that new iPads are coming this year

Code discovered in the Setup app for iOS 12.1 references a device called "iPad2018Fall," This, combined with other rumors of upcoming features that make sense for an iPad, all but confirm that new Apple tablets are coming in the n...
Sony has released a limited edition of aibo in the United States. (Source: hothardware)

Limited "First Litter" edition of Sony's robotic dog, aibo, released in US

aibo, Sony's robot in the shape of a puppy, is available from today (September 18, 2018) for purchase in the US. This event is being dubbed the "First Litter" release of the mechanical pets. Sony claims that aibo can learn to reco...
All images via Apple

iOS 12 is here, bringing performance improvements, AR features, Siri Shortcuts, and more

Apple release iOS 12 today as a free update. The new version of Apple's mobile OS includes better AR support, automation via Siri, and performance optimizations. The update largely feels like Apple playing catch up with Android, w...
Apple iPhone X flagship, iPhones plagued by a CSS bug (Source: Apple)

Defective CSS code crashes, causes iPhones to restart

Using the rather new backdrop-filter CSS property can lead to a crash of the entire iOS on an iPhone. An exploit that does this and the code behind it have recently been unveiled by a software engineer and security researcher at W...
SIM cards through the years. (Source: GSMArena)

eSIM phone shipments could number at least 400 million by 2022

Traditional nano-, micro- or mini-SIMs have dominated mobile connection delivery for smartphones during the devices' rise in the 21st century. Now, however, ABI Research think eSIMs are going to start getting much more popular, ma...
WhatsApp are now rumored to be bringing Dark Mode to its popular interface. (Source: WhatsApp)

WhatsApp may implement a dark mode soon

WhatsApp is working on a dark mode for its app, according to a Twitter-based leaker. The relevant posts project that this option will be OLED-screen friendly. Dark mode may also help save battery life while messaging on the app.
Samsung Health 6.0 mobile app (Source: Samsung Global Newsroom)

Samsung Health 6.0 comes with a new UI and updated tools

Providing health- and wellness-related services to a crowd of over 65 million active users worldwide, Samsung Health has just been updated to version 6.0. This major release comes with a redesigned interface, updated tools, as wel...
The iPhone Xr is the 'cost saving' version of the iPhone X/Xs

The slightly more affordable Apple iPhone Xr is the iPhone 5c/SE of this generation

The iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max — with their engineering triumphs and associated price tags — might have been the headlining announcement out of Apple today, but the cheaper iPhone Xr has the potential to be where most consumers d...
Apple has announced the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max. (Source: Apple)

Apple follows the size trend, announces the 5.8-inch iPhone Xs and behemoth 6.5-inch iPhone Xs Max

The Apple iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max were launched today as the ‘s’ year upgrades to 2017’s iPhone X. As is common for ‘s’ releases, iterative improvements have been made across the board, with a particular focus on the screen, d...
New predictions concerning the next iPad Pro indicate that it will dump the Lightning port. (Source:

Ming-Chi Kuo: Next iPad Pro will trade Lightning for USB-C

The respected technology analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, is on record with yet another prediction for upcoming Apple devices. This time it's the iPad Pro, which, Kuo projects, will lose the Lightning port this year. Instead, it will use US...
The Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 has been released. (Source: XDA)

Qualcomm officially launches Snapdragon Wear 3100

The Snapdragon Wear 3100 is likely to feature in many next-generation wearables. Qualcomm held a launch event for it yesterday (September 10, 2018). The company claimed it will bring improvements in battery life and usability. The...
Upcoming Apple iPhone Xs/Xs Max/9 listed in Romania (Source: via Go4It)

Apple iPhone Xc, iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max details surface online

With screen sizes between 5.8 and 6.5 inches, the upcoming Apple iPhone handsets will bring the A12 processor into the spotlight, but they are also expected to be the first phones released by the Cupertino giant to ship with a fas...
The test device, equipped with the Qualcomm X50 modem, used to make the 5G data call. (Source: Qualcomm)

Qualcomm and Ericsson announce first successful data call using new 5G standard

Qualcomm and partners such as Ericsson have been developing 5G for commercial use in (hopefully) 2019. The two companies have conducted data call tests for the latest release (15) of the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) u...
The Redditor responsible for this image claims that cases for upcoming iPhones are starting to "show up at Walmart". (Source: Reddit)

Leak claims cases for new iPhones found in Walmart

A new Reddit post contains images of cases that could have been designed for iPhones. However, both examples of these new cases also do not appear to fit the iPhone X. Therefore, they may be intended for the anticipated new 6.1- a...
MediaTek believes that its new feature, Active Stereo, is a better form of face-unlocking than Apple's. (Source: Deccan Chronicle)

MediaTek claims that its new Active Stereo will beat Apple Face ID

Device unlocking using an owner's face has become quite popular. Unfortunately, offering truly secure, flexible and effective facial scanning in your product can get difficult and expensive. MediaTek claims that its new take on th...
10th anniversary version of Chrome comes with many new features. (Source: BGR)

Google celebrates Chrome's 10th anniversary with fresh new version

Google is celebrating its 10th anniversary of Chrome with the release of a considerable update (Chrome 69) for the browser. It features a substantial UI redesign, as well as a new password generator. This version will be available...
Apple iPhone 8 logic board. (Source: iFixit)

Apple offers to repair defective iPhone 8 logic boards for free

Apple has announced that it is offering free logic board replacements for affected iPhone 8 devices purchased between September 2017 and March 2018 in select markets. Apple said that a small percentage of iPhone 8 devices had a de...
The iPhone XS in 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch sizes. (Source: 9to5Mac)

iPhone XS and Apple Watch Series 4 leaked in press renders

Apple's next-generation iPhone and Watch have been leaked in press renders. Said to be called the iPhone XS, the new iPhone is depicted in Gold while the new Apple Watch Series 4 confirms rumors it would pick up a larger display.
Portable Tesla Wireless Charger with 6,000 mAh capacity and US$65 price tag (Source: Tesla)

Portable Tesla Wireless Charger surfaces online and it's not cheap

The Tesla Wireless Charger surfaced on the company's official store but was removed after less than a day. This power bank features 5 W wireless charging and USB Type-C wired charging at 5 V and 1.5 A, has a rather modest capacity...
The upcoming iPhone X successor will come in three size variants. (Source: MacRumors)

Upcoming iPhone X successors will offer diverse choices but Apple hasn't zeroed in on the names yet

Apple is expected to launch three new iPhone X successors this September and apparently, the company is referring to them as 'S' devices as they are externally similar to the iPhone X and only sport internal upgrades. The largest ...
Siri, Apple's voice assistant, may be able to distinguish between user voices in the future. (Source:

Recent Apple patent could allow Siri to recognize multiple different users

Apple has filed a patent that may contribute to the voice assistant Siri's functionality in the future. It may impart the ability to recognize different voices and attribute them to corresponding users on new versions of the softw...
WhatsApp will no longer take up Google Drive space as of November 2018. (Source: Google Play Store)

WhatsApp backups will no longer take up Google cloud storage

WhatsApp has distinguished itself among messaging apps through its ability to eat your storage. However, a new agreement between the Facebook subsidiary and Google mean that WhatsAapp backups will no longer clog up space on the Dr...
The iPhone X relies on Face ID for biometric authentication. (Source: CNET)

Apple rumored to re-introduce Touch a way

Apple attracted some criticism when it removed Touch ID from the iPhone X. However, a new leak suggests that the company is working on a new form of fingerprint scanning for its next-generation flagships. This new purported system...
Is Apple finally bringing stylus support to the iPhone? (Source: Daily Express)

Apple again rumored to be adding Pencil support to 2018 iPhones

A fresh rumor suggests that Apple could be adding Pencil support to its 2018 iPhones. The addition would give the iPhone the direct ability to compete with the just-launched Galaxy Note range, in addition to differentiating it fro...
Image source: iOS App Store

PUBG Mobile hits 100 million downloads (and that's only in Western markets)

PUBG Mobile crossed 100 million downloads this month, cementing it as one of the most popular Battle Royales for smartphones and tablets. Despite its success, it still trails behind Fortnite, which hit 100 million downloads last m...
Huawei has issued a message on a Facebook fan page that may target the Galaxy Note 9. (Source: Huawei)

New Huawei Facebook ad does a Samsung - to Samsung

A recently-released piece of marketing by Huawei Taiwan appears to take the same approach with which Samsung have targeted Apple in the past. The apparently jokey image and text may make fun of the "innovation" involved in the des...



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