Cell Phone

Foxconn’s CEO and president Trump announce plans for a $10 billion LCD factory in Wisconsin by 2020

President Trump’s election campaign largely revolved around making “America great again” and bringing businesses into the country. Trump has been quite engaged with the tech sector in particular, where bringing the production of iPhones to American soil seems like one of his top priorities in the business field. While it is not clear whether Tim Cook actually promised Trump last week to build three ‘big, big, big’ Apple plants in the US, the president has apparently been involved in a previously rumoured venture with Foxconn that was officially announced yesterday.

At a White House ceremony this Wednesday, it was revealed that the Taiwan-based tech company plans to build a $10 billion LCD panels manufacturing facility in the state of Wisconsin that should open by 2020. The event was attended by both business people and legislators, including Gov. Scott Walker and Foxconn’s CEO Terry Gou. White House host president Trump was obviously also present, commenting that the project was made possible by his election.

Read More
Cell Phone

Samsung Australia reveals "Screen Assure" free Galaxy Note 8 screen repair; launch date August 25th?

So far, there has been some question about the Samsung Galaxy Note 8's model number. For the most part, we have seen SM-N950 used to designate the unlocked version of the phablet. And while it really isn't a major deal in the scheme of things, an inadvertent leak by Samsung Australia indicates that the model number of Sammy's next high-end handset is actually SM-N940. That is the model number listed on the Samsung Australia website, which published information about a free screen repair for Note 8 users who break the display.Read More
Cell Phone

The new Surface Pro has a hibernation bug, Microsoft is working to fix it

Last month, Microsoft started selling a brand new Surface Pro, which succeeds the Surface Pro 4 from 2015, and brings a series of enhancements (though nothing groundbreaking).

Some of the customers who purchased a new Surface Pro have been noticing that the convertible tablet has a bug that's making it randomly enter hibernation mode, or shut down (even when plugged in, or with plenty of battery life remaining).Read More

Cell Phone

LG V30 will be announced on August 31 in Berlin (Update)

UPDATE: The very same teaser was sent to us by LG this morning. Clues are indeed pointing at an August 31st announcement for LG's next V-series phone!
 

Several months after releasing the G6 (to generally positive reviews), LG is now getting ready to launch its second high-end smartphone of 2017: the LG V30.

Judging by a "Save The Date" teaser revealed today by Evan Blass (known on Twitter and among tech enthusiasts as @evleaks), the LG V30 will be officially announced on August 31 in Berlin – almost certainly during a pre-IFA 2017 event.Read More

Cell Phone

The KFC smartphone is a real thing that exists now, apparently

If you've ever caught yourself daydreaming about eating some tender, juicy chicken wings while idly staring at your phone, Huawei and KFC have teamed up to give you... something. A way to ease the cravings? Or maybe to amplify them, maybe — we couldn't tell you if we tried, but the end result is a bright-red, KFC-branded smartphone, complete with a portrait of Colonel Sanders himself etched into its back.

 
Sure, why not?
 
Curiously enough, the phone is listed as a variant of the Huawei Y7, despite the two having almost nothing common, both in terms of specs and design. Inside you'll find a Snapdragon 425 SoC coupled with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage, as well as a 5-inch 720p screen, and a 13 MP rear camera. And the Colonel's warm, loving embrace.
Read More
Cell Phone

Sony Xperia XZ and X Performance receive a new update, see what's included

A new update has started rolling out OTA (over the air) for Sony's two 2016 flagships - the Xperia X Performance and Xperia XZ. The firmware upgrade contains the recently-released Android security update for the month of July and should bump the build number of both handsets to 41.2.A.7.35. Sony Xperia XZ and X Performance receive a new update, see what's includedRead More
Cell Phone

Developers receive iOS 11 beta 3 today

Apple today released the developer version of iOS 11 beta 3, weighing in at 392MB. For the moment, registered developers only get to install the new iOS build. The public version of the beta should be available in a few days to those who have signed up to receive them. Among the new features is a different way to close apps on the iPad by swiping up on the multitasking screen. The "X" button seen on beta 1 and beta 2 of the build have been replaced by the new swipe to close gesture.

Other features included in the update include an improvement to the cover sheet of the Notification Center. This will now show all notifications. No longer is it necessary to use a swipe gesture to view older notifications.

The changelist for the iOS 11 beta 3 developer version includes:

Read More
Cell Phone

Sony Xperia Z5 series, Z3+, and Z4 Tablet are all being updated to Android 7.1.1 Nougat

Sony this week is rolling out an Android 7.1.1 Nougat update for several of its slightly older devices: Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Premium, Xperia Z5 Compact, Xperia Z4 Tablet, and Xperia Z3+. The update includes Google's June security patch (as you can see in the screenshot on the left), and comes almost five months after these smartphones (and the tablet) received Nougat 7.0 updates - previously, they ran Android 6 Marshmallow. Sony has yet to formally announce this Android 7.1.1 Nougat update, but we're guessing that all owners of the Xperia models mentioned will get the new software version in the near future. Right now, it's not clear if the Sony devices listed here will receive any other major software updates. However, we certainly hope that at least the Xperia Z5 series of smartphones will get Android O at some point. As for the Xperia Z4 Tablet and Xperia Z3+, these are already over 2 years old, so there's a high chance they'll remain on Android 7.1.1. Nougat... forever and ever.
Cell Phone

Report: LG V30 might not feature secondary display, concept could be replicated on new OLED screen

With the LG G6, LG made a statement. It no longer wants to be Gyro Gearloose of the smartphone industry, pushing bold innovation that no one outside its focus groups asked for. LG cleaned house, stripped away all the complexity, and introduced one of 2017's most understated – and all-around pleasant – premium phones. It was a solid strategy, even though displays of clever engineering, such as the LG G5's removable battery, will be missed by those able to appreciate them.

According to a "trusted source" as cited by the ever diligent XDA Developers, the same revision awaits the LG V30 – a premium smartphone, primed as an alternative to the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and, reportedly, scheduled for a late August announcement. 

 
LG's "V" series is notable for the presence of a small secondary display placed just above the primary screen. Its purpose is to provide quick shortcuts, summarize notifications, and show a signature text for a bit of extra swag.

THE SECONDARY SCREEN IS ONLY "FORMALLY" GOING AWAY

The secondary display was a refreshing experiment that certainly stood out in the ocean of lookalike phones, but it didn't catch on either with consumers or mobile vendors. Thus, it makes sense that LG might abolish it in the V30, as XDA's source claims. However, this won't necessarily be the end to the concept of conveniently pulling certain shortcuts and notifications to a designated space above the main display.

Rather than going through the trouble of running two separate displays, LG might – for the first time in recent history – introduce an OLED display, likely in the same 18:9 screen ratio as the LG G6. Having a tall panel like this, it won't be a problem to basically "paste" the LG V20's secondary display above the rest of the content shown on screen – with the option of users disabling it if they want.
 
Thanks to OLED displays' ability to have each individual pixel controlled, it won't be a problem for this stretch of the screen to remain in an always-on state while the rest of the display "sleeps", optimized as not to waste battery life.

Mind you, while the source is certain about LG removing the secondary panel and switching to OLED, the rest is speculative information that may or may not pan out. In any case, are you going to miss the second screen? Do you think LG should go back to its wayward and unorthodox smartphone design style? Let us know what you think in the comments section below!
Cell Phone

10 years ago, the Apple iPhone was on everyone's tongue

On January 9th, 2007, Steve Jobs introduced the Apple iPhone. And as exciting as that was for many, it also meant waiting nearly half a year for the phone to be released. The launch date of June 29th was circled on many a calendar, and in the days leading up to the actual launch, it seemed as though the iPhone was being mentioned everywhere. One example of this, which you will find in the video slideshow below, is an amusing clip put together by David Pogue, who now writes about tech for Yahoo.

Exactly 10-years ago tomorrow, the New York Times released a video showing how hard it was for its tech scribe (Pogue) to keep faithful to the non-disclosure agreement Apple had him sign in exchange for a review unit of the Apple iPhone. Apple had already run some ads for the phone (we included one in the video slideshow for your viewing pleasure) and the hype machine was on full throttle ("I've seen the commercials and it looks really cool," says a young woman waiting in a long line on launch day).

A decade ago, the whole world was just four days away from being changed forever by a smartphone. Television networks covered the impending launch and analysts spoke breathlessly about the device and how many units it might sell. Even so, most people probably could not see what the future would hold, not just for the iPhone or for Apple, but for smartphones in general. We now have apps and app stores, phones that can be submerged and live on to tell the tale and handsets that last a full day without requiring a charge. 

People now shop, make payments, deposit checks, lower their thermostat, get turn-by-turn directions to anywhere, and watch live television on their phone. And most handsets feature a virtual personal assistant to help make reservations, set alarms and more. You can't go anywhere without seeing a large number of people with their heads down, looking at the screen on their handset as they navigate their surroundings. All of this was still in the future a decade ago. 

Keep in mind that the OG iPhone did have some flaws. It ran on AT&T's slow as molasses EDGE network, it did not support MMS or stereo Bluetooth. But not too many knew, or cared about these things which were all eventually taken care of in future versions of the phone.

June 25th, 2007 was a Monday, the start of a new work week that would end with the forces in motion that would soon change the world. Relive those days by clicking on the video slideshow below.

Cell Phone

Say Cheese: Foxconn to build U.S. plant in Wisconsin?

During the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump called on Apple to move production of its most popular product, the Apple iPhone, to the U.S. Trump's goal was to create more jobs for Americans and to stop exporting openings overseas. But Trump didn't take some things into consideration. Moving production from low wage countries to higher wage countries means that the cost of producing the iPhone will rise. And in order to maintain the same profit margin, iPhone prices will also rise making the device less affordable for Americans.

Back in November, a little over a week after the election, Apple said that it would consider moving some iPhone production to the U.S. Talks were held with the major contract manufacturers and there was some discussion about building a U.S. based supply chain. Today, Foxconn, the leading iPhone assembler, said that it is considering building a facility in Wisconsin. Besides the Dairy State, Michigan is also said to be in the running to host the factory.

Yesterday, President Trump visited Milwaukee and mentioned that an unnamed company was negotiating with the state to build a factory. Trump said that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker might get "a very happy surprise very soon." Foxconn assembles smartphones and tablets for Apple, BlackBerry, Sony and other brands. In China, it employs over 1 million people. Tom Still, president of the Wisconsin Technology Council, says that a skilled workforce was probably one of the things that attracted Foxconn to the state.

"It would be great for Wisconsin for a lot of reasons. I am assuming Foxconn was attracted by the fact there’s already a skilled workforce here, and there’s a foundation to produce more such workers through the tech colleges and the other parts of the education system."-Tom Still, president, The Wisconsin Technology Council


When Apple spoke with Foxconn and Pegatron back in November about the possibility of building iPhone models in the U.S., both firms said that their main concern was creating a supply chain infrastructure similar to what was available for the manufacturers in China. Apparently the numerous studies that were created show that Wisconsin has what it takes to build such a supply chain for Foxconn.

Cell Phone

Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact, XZ1, and X1 might be announced in September

Sony already announced no less than five new smartphones this year: Xperia XZ Premium, XperiaXZs, Xperia XA1, Xperia XA1 Ultra, and Xperia L1. But the company seemingly has at least three more handsets to introduce before the end of 2017, and one of them is expected to be a new Xperia Compact.

According to Georgian website Review.ge, Sony plans to announce the following phones at IFA 2017 (September 1 - September 7): Xperia XZ1, XperiaXZ1 Compact, and Xperia X1. 

It's said that both the Xperia XZ1 and Xperia XZ1 Compact will be high-end devices, featuring Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processors and 4 GB of RAM - just like the already announced Xperia XZ Premium. However, the two new handsets should differ in size: the Xperia XZ1 reportedly offers a 5.2-inch 1080p display and a 3000 mAh battery, while the Xperia XZ1 Compact comes with a 4.6-inch 720p screen and a 2800 mAh battery. If these details are accurate, the XZ1 Compact will become Sony's most powerful 4.6-inch smartphone ever. 

To be fair, it kind of makes sense for a new Sony-made compact handset to be revealed at IFA 2017 in September, as this would arrive one year after the Xperia X Compact (pictured in this article). Also of note is that two other previous compact phones - Xperia Z5Compact and Xperia Z3 Compact - were also announced during IFA events. 

Cell Phone

Samsung Galaxy S8 vs LG G6 drop test: which is tougher?

Perhaps I should start this post with a warning: the video above may be painful to watch. And no, that's not only because I clearly lack the charm and acting skills of Antonio Banderas. It's because it shows how we break – on purpose – two of the top Android smartphones on the market, namely the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the LG G6. Yet that's what it takes to get an idea of how much physical abuse they can take.
 
But maybe there's no need for a "Spolier Alert!" notice before saying that both the Galaxy S8 and the LG G6 break by the end of the video. With phones that are made primarily of glass on the outside, that's to be expected. To be more specific, the LG G6 uses Gorilla Glass 3 to cover its display and cameras, while the rest of the back is protected by Gorilla Glass 5. All is wrapped up by a solid metal frame around the edges. The Galaxy S8 uses Gorilla Glass 5 on both its front and back, but more of it is exposed because of its gorgeous curves. The corners, however, appear well protected by its metal frame.
 
And speaking of warnings, I should also point out that the video above is by no means a scientific experiment. For it to count as one, we'd have to break hundreds of phones in a repeatable manner – outside of our budget, as one could imagine. Yet we can draw at least one conclusion after all the damage we caused – if you'll be using your Galaxy S8 or LG G6 without a case, make sure you don't drop it. Like, ever.
Cell Phone

Samsung Galaxy J3, Galaxy J5 and Galaxy J7 (2017) officially introduced

Samsung has just unveiled its new Galaxy J series in Europe. Three new mid-range Android smartphones that we already know about will be making their debut on the market in the coming months: Galaxy J3, Galaxy J5 and Galaxy J7 (2017). Although Samsung announced pricing would vary by country, we already know the Galaxy J5 (2017) will be up for purchase for €279. As far as availability goes, the first to hit the shelves is the Galaxy J5 (2017), which is supposed to go on sale later this month (possibly on June 22). The next to arrive on the market is the Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017), which is expected to make its debut in July. Last but not least, the Galaxy J3 (2017) will be launched in Europe sometime in August. Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) All three smartphones feature a metal body and ship with Android 7.0 Nougat operating system on board. They have decent specs, but the main differentiator should be the stylish design. The cheapest of the three, the Galaxy J3 (2017) sports a 5-inch display with HD (720p) resolution, along with a 13-megapixel camera on the back. The smartphone is powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos 7570 processor, coupled with 2GB RAM and 16GB of internal memory. Dual-SIM support will be included as well, along with a secondary 5-megapixel selfie camera and a decent 2,400 mAh battery. Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) has a slightly larger 5.2-inch Super AMOLED display with HD (720p) resolution. At the core of the mid-range handset sits a 1.6GHz octa-core Exynos 7870 processor, 2GB RAM and 16GB of expandable storage. Also, the phone features 13-megapixel cameras on the front and back. The Galaxy J5 (2017) drains energy from a 3,000 mAh battery. Finally, the Galaxy J7 (2017) is the most expensive of the three, as the phone comes with a 5.5-inch full HD (1080p) display and LTE Cat6 support. The phone is equipped with a similar 1.6GHz octa-core Exynos 7870 processor, 3GB RAM, and 16GB storage. Just like its smaller brother, Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) includes 13-megapixel cameras on the back and front. However, unlike the other two Galaxy J series phones, this one embeds a much bigger 3,000 mAh battery inside.
Cell Phone

WSJ: Bixby is having problems with the English language

According to a report published in today's Wall Street Journal, Bixby has not been a good student when it comes to learning the English language. Apparently, Samsung's AI personal assistant is failing grammar and is also having problems with syntax. This means that Bixby is having difficulties creating sentences in English. The problem, as far as Samsung is concerned, is that competing assistants like Google Assistant and Siri have no problem turning out a snappy sentence in English when called on to do so.

The Journal's report says that it won't be before late June at the earliest before Bixby is launched in the U.S., a month later than the May launch that Sammy was originally aiming for. The delay in launching Bixby could affect sales of the recently released Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ in the U.S., even though market research firm Ovum says that only 9% of smartphone users access their personal assistant on a regular basis. And only 50% of consumers have an interest in digital assistants like Bixby, Siri, Cortana and Google Assistant.

Still, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is on its way to topping the sales generated last year by the Samsung Galaxy S7. The latter became the highest grossing smartphone in Samsung's history. The company obviously does not want a problem with Bixby to prevent a new sales record from being set.

Ovum says that there are 3.5 billion active devices that have a native AI assistant on board. By 2021, the company expects that figure to reach 7.5 billion active devices. That would be more than the entire world population for that year, based on computations by the U.S. Census Bureau. Google Assistant is projected to have a leading 23% market share of the market for AI assistants by 2021, followed by Bixby's 15%. Siri will be third with 13%, followed by Alexa's 4%. But this is all a pipe dream for Bixby unless Samsung straightens out the current problem the personal AI assistant is having with the English language.

Cell Phone

Report: Samsung to double OLED panel supply for iPhone 9

We're still about 4 months away from the announcement of this year's iPhone models, but it looks like Apple is already acting to secure display panels for its future handsets.
 

A hot new report from The Bellsuggests that Cupertino and Samsung have recently signed a deal for the shipment of more than 180 million OLED panels, which will be used for the creation of Apple's 2018 flagship, tentatively called the iPhone 9. This is more than twice the amount which Sammie's display division has allegedly agreed to produce for 2017, in which Tim Cook & Co. are said to unveil at least one OLED-powered iPhone model.

 
Those of you who are actively following the story might be a bit puzzled (we know we are), as less than two months ago, sources from the East Asian country indicated that a two-year deal between the companies has already been sealed. However, said earlier reports didn't mention the amount which Samsung has agreed to produce for 2018, so it is possible that we now have the specifics for that particular period. 
 
Apparently, next year's iPhone 9 is expected to come in two OLED variants, one with a 5.28-inch screen, and one with a colossal 6.46-inch display. If Apple is truly planning to stop employing LCD panels on its phones from next year, these numbers might correspond with the tech giant's sales expectations. Still, it is advisable that you take this information with a huge grain of salt, as we first need to see Apple's plans for this year before we can safely label this as anything other than speculations.
 
The Korean media outlet cites an anonymous industry source, who has commented on the agreement:
 
The two companies have recently signed a non-disclosure agreement on general conditions, including the screen size. Other details such as screen design and functions could be adjusted considering the phone is still under development.
Cell Phone

First Sony Xperia XZ Premium benchmark results show great promise

The Xperia XZ Premium is the Sony's first smartphone equipped with a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, the same CPU that's inside Samsung's flagships, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.

However, unlike Samsung's smartphone, the Xperia XZ Premium is not yet available for purchase, though, it can be pre-ordered in many countries across the globe. As we reported a few days agoSony Xperia XZ Premium is likely to make its debut on the market at the end of May or early June.

If you've been wondering how powerful the Xperia XZ Premium really is in comparison with other Snapdragon 835-powered smartphones, you're in luck since Sony's flagship has just popped up at Geekbench.

Apparently, someone tested the Xperia XZ Premium in Geekbench, and the results seem promising enough. We don't know whether or not it was a retail unit that got tested or a sample device.

Although it did not manage to surpass the results achieved by the Galaxy S8 and S8+, Sony's flagship is quite powerful. The smartphone scored 1943 points in single core and 5824 points in the multi core tests.

In comparison, Samsung Galaxy S8 scored 2008 points in single core and 6575 points in multi core tests, while the Galaxy S8+ achieved 2006 points and 6708 points, respectively. 

At first glance, the difference is almost negligible when it comes to single core tests, but the multi core tests show the Xperia XZ Premium is a bit behind Samsung's flagships. Still, we don't want to jump to conclusions just yet, at least not before we test a retail unit.


Cell Phone

Apple iPad mini could be discontinued

Apple is reportedly planning to discontinue the iPad mini, its 7.9-inch tablet that's been available since 2012. Of course, the tablet is now at its fourth iteration - iPad mini 4 - but this hasn't been properly updated since its original launch in 2015.

According to BGR, a "source close to Apple" mentioned that the iPad mini is being phased out because there's "fierce cannibalism" of Apple's own products, and sales numbers seemingly provide a "very clear" indication of the tablet's recent lack of popularity.

Size-wise, the iPad mini stands between the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus and the 9.7-inch iPad (including the Pro version). Unlike in 2012, 2013, or a large part of 2014, when there were no 5.5-inch iPhones on the market, the iPad mini is now in a rather awkward position, and it looks like consumers are simply less interested in mini tablets (especially when they're not exactly cheap).

Earlier this year, Apple changed its iPad mini 4 offering, so it's currently selling only a 128 GB version of the slate, and you can choose to get it in Wi-Fi-only ($399), or Wi-Fi + LTE ($529) flavors.

For now, there's no word on exactly when Apple will stop selling the iPad mini 4. Also, it's not clear if the company already stopped producing the device or not. But maybe we'll get an official statement on this sometime soon.

Cell Phone

Microsoft Offers OneDrive Grandfathered Data – Must Act To Save Your 30GB Storage

Microsoft has relented after massive outrage. The company has set up a special web site where you can opt-in to preserving your current free 30GB storage. The company recently announced it was withdrawing plans to offer unlimited storage for Office 365 customers, and worse, was reducing all free accounts to 5GB. Previously, Microsoft offered 15GB of free storage, and customers that enabled OneDrive’s mobile phone photo sync feature received another 15GB, for a total of 30GB of free storage. Microsoft claimed the changes were sparked by PC users backing up extremely large files. OneDrive client sync allowed for large files, even DVR recordings, to be automatically stored on OneDrive. But the reduction of free plans was considered brash by many – as those plans did not cost Microsoft nearly as much, and many competitors like Box have routinely offered free 50GB plans. At 30GB, OneDrive was one of the largest free storage solution of all the major OS/cloud platform vendors. Also Office 365 customers who had backed up terrabytes already, are being forced to reduce to 300GB of storage, or being forced to pay for storage.
Cell Phone

Apple is now the first $800 billion company, Buffett the smartest guy in the room... again

The highly-anticipated iPhone 8, edge-to-edge OLED screen and all, is apparently going to throw Apple fans in an upgrade "super cycle," or so think the analysts, whose predictions made investors take notice, and push Apple's stock past the $800 billion market cap mark yesterday after the quarterly resultswere announced. To put things into perspective, that's the first time in the history of the US stock market that a company has reached this exorbitant market capitalization. 

 
While the shares were briefly down, as investors heard that Apple sold slightly less iPhones than the same quarter last year, the stock quickly rebounded when they figured out that the actual profit was higher, as Apple has a more expensive product mix now. All in all, in afternoon trading AAPL pushed past $153 a share, and was up more than 3 percent for the day, which, for the company the size of Apple, is a pretty impressive feat.
 
All that is left now is to see if the iPhone 8 will meet all the hefty expectations that are piled up on it by investors and fans alike, and make Apple the first trillion dollar company in history. On a side note, Warren Buffett looks like the smartest guy in the room again, after years of refusing to invest in the "fickle" consumer electronics industry. His $1 billion investment in Apple is up more than 50% in less than a year. No wonder the guy is known as the Oracle from Omaha. He returned the favor by praising the iPhone after Apple's quarterly results were out, saying that "you can't move people by price in the smartphone market" like in home appliances, and that the iPhone is "a very, very, very valuable product to people that build their lives around it."

Items 41 to 60 of 164 total

Page:
  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 4
  5. 5