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Apple is still making massive profits, but those profits reportedly aren’t as high as the company expected. The iPhone X cost so much and lacked features that appeal broadly to users meaning that sales of the smartphone were much lower than Apple had expected. Back in January, word was circulating that Apple had slashed production of the iPhone X in half for Q1 2018 due to poor demand. Rumors have also suggested that Apple is set to launch three new iPhone models this year including an updated iPhone X, a bigger iPhone X Plus, and a cheaper iPhone model. A new rumor about that cheaper device... Read more...
How many hours a day do you spend on your smartphone or other devices? Former Apple engineer Tony Fadell, also referred to as the “Father of the iPod”, believes that society spends too much time on their devices. He recently contended in an op-ed for Wired that Apple has a responsibility to curb iPhone “addiction”. Fadell compared device use to food nutrition guides and programs. He remarked, “When it comes to digital ‘nourishment’, we don’t know what a ‘vegetable’, a ‘protein’ or a ‘fat’ is. What is ‘overweight’... Read more...
Police around the world have been using fingerprints to catch criminals for decades. Normally these fingerprints are lifted from surfaces or objects at the scene of a crime. Police in Wales recently used a photograph of a finger to catch and convict 11 drug traffickers. The process of using fingerprints from a digital photo is hailed as groundbreaking. Dave Thomas of South Wales Police said that the police force will now analyze images more closely when it finds them on smartphones seized during investigations. In this case, the police seized a smartphone at a home where an anonymous tip informed... Read more...
Sony unveiled the first two smartphones in the Xperia XZ2 line back in April with the announcement of the XZ2 and XZ2 Compact. A third model has now been revealed and this one aims directly at smartphone photographers out there that value camera performance. The Xperia XZ2 Premium promises ultra-high sensitivity with a dual camera system and 4K HDR movie recording capability. The camera claims the world's highest ISO 12800 sensitivity for video recording available in a smartphone, for photos the sensitivity is 51200. Those settings enable ultra-low light image and video capture that Sony says was... Read more...
Xiaomi has taken the wraps off its new Blackshark handset that was teased earlier this week, thereby giving Razer some competition in the Android smartphone gaming space. It's a niche category for sure, though the specs on these devices rival (and in many cases surpass) flagship phones from other manufacturers that are not necessarily aimed at gamers, but boast high-end hardware nonetheless. In this case, the Blackshark does not match the 120Hz refresh that is a standout feature of the Razer Phone's display. However, it does boast a 5.99-inch IPS Pixelworks panel will a Full HD+ resolution and... Read more...
LG has announced that it is opening a new Software Upgrade Center in South Korea. This will be its first facility of this type and the goal is to provide customers globally with faster, timelier smartphone OS and software updates. Faster Android updates have been one of the major reasons that Android fans choose Google's devices over other competing products. LG has located the new center on a campus in Magok-dong, western Seoul. The software center will be charged with regular OS updates for LG smartphones and for ensuring a consistent user experience on LG devices. The Upgrade Center will continuously... Read more...
Samsung Electronics has announced its estimates for Q1 operating profit, which jumped 56% to a record high. Analysts believe that the increased profit estimates have to do with high demand for DRAM memory chips. That record demand for memory could be an offset to the glut of inventory Samsung has on the display side. Samsung allegedly is scrambling to find buyers for the OLED screens it made for Apple after the company reportedly reduced orders due to slow sales of the iPhone X. Samsung has stated that its preliminary earnings reports for the quarter spanning January-March 2018 had operating income... Read more...
To say that Huawei has been beleaguered of late would be an understatement. The company has seen all hopes of distributing its smartphones in the U.S. thwarted, be it from wireless carriers or from nationwide retailers. Much of trouble that Huawei has been faced with comes as U.S. authorities are concerned about its close ties to the Chinese government. This poses a potential national security risk, which is why Americans are being warned to avoid Huawei products. Huawei has brought some of the trouble on itself by using shady tactics like encouraging fans to post fake reviews on Best Buy's website... Read more...
Huawei has teamed up with Porsche Design to create a new smartphone that it calls the “new standard in mobile luxury.” The official name of the smartphone is the Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS. The most notable feature of the smartphone is that it is the world’s first dual fingerprint design including an in-screen fingerprint sensor and a sensor on the back. The fancy in-screen fingerprint reader can sense when your finger is hovering over it to wake the smartphone and a touch will unlock it.  On the rear of the smartphone is a Lecia triple camera with 40MP image capture,... Read more...
Is 256GB of internal storage – as seen on the iPhone X -- not enough for your smartphone needs? Well, it appears that Huawei is looking to leapfrog the competition with 512GB of internal storage on an upcoming smartphone model. News of this storage windfall came courtesy of a listing for an upcoming Huawei filing for with TENAA, a Chinese regulatory agency. In addition to the 512MB of storage, the listing also shows that the smartphone has 6GB of RAM onboard. The fact that 512GB smartphones would be arriving sometime this year isn't exactly a surprise. In late 2018, Samsung announced that... Read more...
Huawei might be one of the largest smartphone OEMs in the world, but the company is having a very hard time breaking into the U.S. market. The reason for the difficulty is that Huawei has very close ties to the Chinese government, and the U.S. government is balking over fears of spying that could compromise national security. Huawei has now taken another significant blow in its plans to enter the U.S. market. The largest big box electronics retailer in the U.S., Best Buy, has ceased ordering new smartphones from Huawei and plans to stop selling Huawei products altogether over the next few... Read more...
In most major sports, there are a handful of teams that dominate the competition and garner the lion's share of attention from fans. The same is true in the smartphone market where there are relatively few established players at the top. Every so often, however, a contender comes along to potentially disrupt the hierarchy, and that is what Huawei hopes to accomplish with its newest flagship phone, the Mate 10 Pro. Who exactly is Huawei, you ask? While not as recognizable in the US market as Apple and Samsung, Huawei is no Johnny-come-lately to the land of mobile. Huawei is a major player in China... Read more...
Google has been knee deep in the machine learning sector for a number of years, and the company isn't afraid to share some of its knowledge with the world for the greater good. The company has been particularly skillful in creating robust AI-powered image manipulation technologies, which is one of the reasons its Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL boast really impressive photo capabilities. This week, the big G open sourced its DeepLab-v3+ "semantic image segmentation" model, implemented in TensorFlow. With it, AI can be used to separate people (or other objects) from the background, allowing users to create... Read more...
As we discovered last week, Samsung's Galaxy S9+ is the new Android smartphone to beat in the flagship sector. It looks great, has a crisp screen, is fast, and has a camera capable of capturing some awesome slo-mo video.  Like clockwork, the folks over at iFixit have torn into the S9+ and revealed all we need to know about its repairability factor. On a scale of 1 - 10, with 10 being the "easiest to repair", the S9+ scores a lowly 4/10. That's because accessing the battery is needlessly difficult, and removing either the display or glass back can easily result in breakage. Credit: iFixit... Read more...
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