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The Samsung Galaxy S8. (Source: Trusted Reviews)

Samsung Galaxy S9 to be unveiled at MWC in February

The Samsung Galaxy S9 is expected to be announced on February 27, at the Mobile World Congress that will hold in Barcelona. This is plausible, of course, as previous Galaxy S devices have usually been launched within a three-week window of that specified date.
A 'Made in India' Apple iPhone SE being displayed in a local store. (Source: The Indian Express)

India reportedly chooses indigenization over Apple's demand for tax-free imports

The Indian Government is not in favor of offering import tax sops to Apple's mobile phone parts considering the impact it will have on the domestic manufacturing sector. Apple is demanding that the Government concede to its demand of duty-free imports in order to expand iPhone manufacturing in the country.
Your iPhone could slow down due to an ageing battery. (Source: User TeckFire on Reddit)

Apple allegedly throttling older iPhones with degraded batteries

A user on Reddit has posted potential evidence that Apple could be throttling older iPhones relative to the output battery voltage to prevent them from drawing too much power. Although this is not the first instance of throttling on iPhones, it surely has been a subject of much debate.
Is demand for the iPhone X weaker than forecast? (Source: Apple)

Demand for iPhone X components could be softening

Demand for the iPhone X could be below expectations according to a report coming out of the Taiwanese supply chain. With shipping times improving dramatically in recently, the report could be accurate.
The i-Memory AI720 USB drive has a 0.29 inch profile and weighs only 0.38 oz. (Source: ADATA)

ADATA announces i-Memory AI720 USB drive storage expansion for iOS devices

The i-Memory AI720 includes a Lightning connector at one end and a USB 3.1 connector at the other end. It comes in 32/64/128 GB capacities and can easily handle UHD 4K video playback thanks to the 90 MB/s transfer speeds. The OTG functionality allows users to save videos and pictures directly on the stick, in order to save up space on their devices.
Samsung Headquarters. (Source: Social Barrel)

Samsung has no place in the Chinese smartphone market, data shows

A report by Kanta World Panel has shown the state of the Chinese smartphone market, with figures indicating Huawei's lead, Apple's growth, and Samsung's almost palpable irrelevance.
Facebook Messenger Kids app for iOS (Source: Facebook)

Facebook Messenger Kids rolls out in the US

The new Facebook Messenger Kids opens up the social network to children aged under 13. This app allows parents to download the app on their child's device, create a profile, and then approve the contacts they are allowed to interact with.
Apple Pay Cash now available thanks to iOS 11.2

iOS 11.2 comes with faster wireless charging and Apple Pay Cash

Apple has just released iOS 11.2 with support for faster wireless charging, video camera stabilization, Apple Pay Cash, as well as a fix for the autocorrect bug that has been recently discovered.
The LG V30 came in second. (Source: Androidguys)

No phone charges faster than the OnePlus 5T, tests reveal

Ever wondered how fast some of the best devices in the world right now charge? Pretty fast, if you consider the results of a test conducted on the OnePlus, LG, Apple, Google, and Samsung flagships for 2017. The LG V30, for example, was able to build up 53% worth of battery juice in just 30 minutes of charge time, and it still wasn't the fastest.
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.
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
The iPhone X. (Source: CNET)

There's a chance the OnePlus 6 copies the iPhone X's design

Images of the upcoming OPPO R13 have surfaced online. The device could very well pass off as an iPhone X. Considering the relationship between OPPO and OnePlus, we wouldn't be surprised to see the OnePlus 6 take the same form.
Apple headquarters, Cupertino. (Source: Urban Splatter)

Apple are kings of the UK smartphone market

Data by Counterpoint has shown Apple's position as the kings of the UK smartphone market, albeit with a nigh-intangible advantage over rivals Samsung. Alcatel, surprisingly, finds a spot in the top five—just below Huawei, and above Motorola.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Razer Hammerhead paired with the Razer Phone. (Source: Razer)

Razer Hammerhead earbuds get USB-C and Lightning Port options for iPhone, Razer Phone, and other android phones

Razer has refreshed their Hammerhead line of earbuds with two new digital based models using USB-C and Lightning Port connectors. The USB-C version comes with a DAC for improved audio.
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.
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).
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'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.
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.
The 10 nm next gen mobile CPU is expected to ship to OEMs in late 2017. (Source: WCCFTech)

Intel and ARM collaborating on next gen 3.5 GHz 10 nm Cortex A mobile processor

The next gen 10 nm mobile CPU runs at 3.5 GHz and 0.5 V, with an outstanding energy efficiency of 0.25 mW/MHz. Additionally, Intel and ARM will update the existing Cortex A55 to Intel's 22 nm manufacturing process, which will enable it to run at 2.35 GHz and 0.4 V.
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.
Huawei headquarters. (Source: China Daily Europe)

Chinese smartphone market on slight decline as Huawei sits uneasily on its throne

Canalys has released a report on the Chinese smartphone market, with data showing Huawei's slim lead over OPPO at the top of the pyramid, Vivo's and Xiaomi's growths, and Apple's rebound after a poor 2016.
The iPhone X. (Source: CNET)

Pre-ordered iPhone Xs shipped, November 3 ETA

Users who got an iPhone X when it went on pre-order on the 27th are billed to receive their units on November 3, with various carriers having begun shipment over the weekend.
The iPhone X. (Source: CNBC)

Face ID's camera manufacturing process perfected, iPhone X production to speed up

TrueDepth technology is essentially the backbone of Apple's Face ID and with reports that its production is now stable, we expect that production and assembly rates of the iPhone X sees a marked improvement.
Grovemade Wireless Charging Pad. (Source: Grovemade)

A wireless charging pad from Grovemade that actually looks good with your furniture

Grovemade, who are known for producing high-quality accessories, have started pre-orders for a cork and stainless steel based charging pad which fits nicely with modern furniture design aesthetics.
"Hold up, wait a minute. We've seen this somewhere before."

Having trouble getting an iPhone X? UMIDIGI's got you covered!

The iPhone X went on sale a few days and while buyers have had issues actually procuring one, UMIDIGI, a Chinese OEM is already set to offer a substitute, and one with a 7000 mAh battery to boot.
The iPhone X. (Source: Expert Reviews)

iPhone X shipping pushed back, repair costs revealed

The iPhone X went on sale yesterday and sold out in minutes, with the millions of buyers who could not secure one having a wait of up to six weeks on their hands.
It's hakuna matata now. (Sources: Betches)

Whatsapp's new message recall feature puts drunk-texting back on the menu

Whatsapp has finally activated the recall function on its app, a function which allows users to recall—or effectively delete—messages that have already been sent. You'd do well to take screenshots of messages you wish to use as legal proof or anything of the sort, lest they be recalled, leaving you in the lurch.
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.
The Pixel 2 XL is currently sold for a whopping sum of $949.

The average smartphone will cost you 7% more than it did last year, study shows

Analytic firm GfK has published statistics on the commercial side of the global smartphone industry which prove that the prices of smartphones are indeed on the rise. The study also provided data pointing towards growing African and Latin American markets, and a slight decline in the North American one.
Facebook Messenger. (Source: Facebook)

Give money to people you know using Paypal's new Facebook Messenger integration

Paypal continues to integrate with the platforms we use to communicate with each other and is now integrated in Facebook Messenger.
An iPhone with a stylus could be a part of Apple's plans for 2019.

An iPhone with a stylus? It could materialize in 2019 if a new rumor is accurate

Apple could be set to launch a new iPhone model that will compete directly with the Samsung Galaxy Note. The new iPhone will use a supercapicitor stylus that offers a more pen-like feel according to a new rumor out of South Korea.
Flag of the Peoples Republic of China. (Source: PublicDomainPictures/Pixabay)

Qualcomm trying to get iPhone sales banned in China

Qualcomm has filed several lawsuits in China in an attempt to block iPhone sales over patent disputes.
Dr. Kwon Oh-hyun has announced his resignation from Samsung. (Source: AP)

Samsung CEO resigns amid "unprecedented crisis"

One of Samsung's three CEO's has announced his resignation from the South Korean giant. Citing the "unprecedented crisis" facing the company, Kwon Oh-hyun, CEO of Samsung Electronics and Samsung Display will step down in March 2018.
Apple looks set to tap LG for its pOLED tech for a rumored foldable iPhone. (Source: LG)

Apple could release a foldable iPhone in 2020

Apple and LG are partnering on a foldable iPhone planned for 2020, if a report out of Korea is accurate. With the two companies have partnered on iPhone components in the past, it seems like a plausible response to Samsung's plans to launch a foldable Galaxy Note next year.
Apple's Chief Design Officer Jony Ive. (Source: India Times)

iPhone X was five years in the making says Jony Ive

Apple's Chief Design Officer Jony Ive has revealed that the iPhone X has been five years in development. The process was particularly painstaking with numerous missteps before it finally emerged as the iPhone X we now know today.
An iPhone 8 suffering from a faulty battery. (Source: The Economic Times)

Not so swell? More reports of iPhone 8 battery swelling issues

Apple's iPhone 8 may be off to a good start from a sales perspective, however, it hasn't been a completely smooth launch. Reports off swelling iPhone 8 batteries have now surfaced on seven separate occasions.
Apple iPhone. (Source: Pixabay)

iPhone 7 was the most purchased phone internationally in the first half of 2017

Market intelligence firm, IHS Markit, have released their research showing the most popular models for the first half of 2017. The top 10 contains five Samsung models, four Apple models, and one Oppo model.

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