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Almost as fast as the rumors began, talks of a merger between Sprint and T-Mobile have been officially called off. T-Mobile has announced that discussions on a potential merger, rumors of which surfaced first in September, of the Uncarrier and Sprint have ended because the two companies were unable to find mutually agreeable terms. Even if the two mobile carriers had been able to come to agreeable terms, they certainly would have needed regulatory approval. Historically, regulators have been unwilling to approve a merger that limits competition in the mobile market and with the "duopoly" already... Read more...
After an almost mind-boggling number of security and privacy issues that have deluged into our lives over the past handful of years, you'd think that companies would begin to take their customers' private data seriously. Still, there are some who just don't seem to "get it", and apparently, OnePlus has proven to be one of these late bloomers. Earlier this week, we wrote of security researcher Chris Moore, who discovered data that was being sent to OnePlus' Amazon AWS instances without permission, and without an option to turn it off. While much (or perhaps all) of the data that was transmitted... Read more...
We are not trying to spark of war of words between iOS and Android users, but when it comes to platform fragmentation, it does not really exist in the iPhone community. What is equally remarkable, however, is how quickly iPhone owners adopt major iOS updates. According to the latest data from Mixpanel, iOS 11 has found its way onto around half of all iPhone (and presumably iPad) devices in less than a month.The data trend shows iOS 11 and iOS 10 both bouncing around the 44 percent, but at its peak earlier today, iOS 11 adoption reached 49.28 percent, versus 46.58 percent for iOS 10, and just 4.15... Read more...
Sony has taken various stabs at handheld gaming over the years. Remember the PlayStation Portable? How about the followup PlayStation Vita? Now would be a good time to introduce yet another handheld console, if that was the direction Sony wanted to go. But with smartphones now both powerful and ubiquitous, Sony sees little reason to go down that path, even with the Nintendo Switch proving incredibly popular. Andrew House, president and global CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE), touched on the topic of mobile gaming and the Nintendo Switch in an interview with Bloomberg at last week's Tokyo... Read more...
The Galaxy Note 8 is an important product for Samsung. Not only because the Note 8 is the company’s newest, flagship, large-screen smartphone, but because it also carries the additional burden of righting all of the wrongs associated with the company's Note 7 snafu. For some people, there is a certain stigma attached to the Note series now that could be erased if the Note 8 is a success and resonates well with consumers. We can tell you this up front -- all of the right technology seems to be in place. And from a design standpoint, the Note 8 sure is a looker. But good looks and the right... Read more...
It's no secret that Apple and Qualcomm are at odds right now, as legal battles continue to be an unfortunate reality for both companies. At this point, it really doesn't seem clear who's in the right, or more importantly, who will reign victorious. At least for now, Qualcomm has decided to have a little bit of not-so-subtle fun. In a post made to its website today - the same day as the new iPhone reveal - Qualcomm pats itself on the back for creating a number of technologies that continue to ride the Android wave. In its list, Qualcomm lists specific technologies it's invented, and then gives some... Read more...
Here's the long and short. Huawei’s Mate 9 may no longer hit all the high notes on the cutting-edge smartphone release circuit, but it still remains more than competitive on performance and stocked with impressive base-level features, including rear dual-camera capabilities.In his fascinating book The Millionaire Next Door, Thomas J. Stanley discusses the propensity of millionaires to buy their cars used rather than new. The reasoning is as obvious as it is practical: You get nearly all the benefits from buying used at a fraction of the cost, and the money saved can be invested with compound interest,... Read more...
Over the past handful of years, Google has really amped up its efforts to keep users safe on its Android Play Store. However, it often feels like the more protections Google puts in place, the more fierce the malware gets. Today we learn of yet another piece of malware that has managed to permeate itself throughout the Play Store, and the implications of being infected with it are downright scary. Called "SonicSpy", this piece of malware has found home in a huge number of different apps found throughout the Play Store. Most recently, it found its way into an app called Soniac, a messaging... Read more...
LG's upcoming V30 flagship smartphone looks to offer a lot of what people want, and the company has been releasing bits and pieces of information over time to help whet our appetites. Last week, we learned that the phone will sport a 6-inch OLED display with curved bezels and a resolution of 2880x1440. Today, we learn a bit more about its camera. If you asked a room full of people what feature they'd want to see improved on their phone, chances are many would say "the camera", even if they have one of the top options available. People simply want better, clearer photos, and with its dual camera... Read more...
A sometimes unfortunate thing about loving a vendor's hardware is the fact that the same kind of care that makes you love the device itself might not be shown towards the software solution. Sometimes, too much care can be given, resulting in a bloated OS that can become sluggish. Many vendors have come to their senses over the years, as we've seen a trend of more and more companies decide to go with stock Android on their devices - or at least stock Android with minor modifications. We now find out that Lenovo is the latest company to jump on this bandwagon of clean OSes, as its upcoming K8... Read more...
If history is any indication, LG is getting ready announce another handset as part of its V series. This will most likely take place during a press event at this year's IFA in Berlin, Germany. While LG has not come right out and said it will be announcing the V30 at IFA, the hints are anything but subtle—the letter V is splashed across a press rendering of a new smartphone with rounded corners, along with the words "Save the date" printed on top. That date is August 31, one day before IFA officially kicks off. And on the bottom corner, LG's press rendering says, "Berlin, Germany," which is where... Read more...
When it comes to battery capacity, ASUS is thinking big with its upcoming ZenFone Max. Really big. ASUS is not making a lot of noise about the ZenFone Max just yet, but a listing on the company's Russian website reveals that it will wield a massive 5,000 mAh battery pack. According to ASUS, that is enough juice to power up to 40 hours of talk time in 3G mode, or up to 26 hours of non-stop web surfing over a Wi-Fi network.Want more battery stats? ASUS further claims you can squeeze our 22 hours of constant video playback before the 5,000 mAh runs dry. And in standby mode on a 4G LTE network, the... Read more...
A current smartphone trend has seen vendors put fingerprint readers on the backs of our devices, which also might beg the question, "what else could we put back there?" According to a newly granted Google patent, a touchpad could be in the cards for the Android creator's future branded Pixel smartphone devices. If that sounds a bit bizarre, bear in mind that many patents may appear odd at first glance, but often are the sparks of true innovation. Google foresees the use of a touchpad on the back of a smartphone to grant the user additional interaction possibilities. As seen in the example image... Read more...
We might be reaching a point where mid-range smartphones are good enough for most people. That may seem like a double-edged sword for Qualcomm, which just announced its new Snapdragon 450 processor for such devices, but there is still room at the high-end for things like virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), mixed reality (MR), artificial intelligence, and other tasks that push the limits of today's mobile processors. Meanwhile, mid-range devices are about to get a performance boost.The Snapdragon 450 is the first mid-range processor to be built on a 14-nanometer FinFET process. Compared... Read more...
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