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October 12, 2017

Windows Phone is Confirmed Dead

After a succession of failures, Joe Belfiore, VP of Operating Systems at Microsoft, confirmed via Twitter that Microsoft will not be creating another Windows phone.

In another Tweet, Belfiore explained that Windows Phone’s phone’s fundamental issue was one it had since day one: the lack of apps. Users won’t use a phone with no apps, and companies won’t develop apps for a platform with no users. This vicious cycle is what ultimately drove the nail in the coffin. Joe also promised that Windows 10 mobile will continue to receive security updates, but active development in both hardware and software have ceased.

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October 12, 2017

Razer Teases November 1 Smartphone Announcement

At the beginning of this year, gaming hardware company Razer made a surprising move when they acquired struggling smartphone company Nextbit Systems, a company best known for their affordable cloud based smartphone, the Nextbit Robin. At the time, Razer kept quiet on what they had planned to do with the acquisition, but given Razer’s heritage, it was almost certain that they would somehow end up creating some sort of smartphone for gamers.

If you’ve visited Razer’s website lately, it appears that that’s exactly what Razer is about to do. On the website, you may have seen an interesting picture which shows a man holding what appears to be a [...]

 
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October 4, 2017

Google Announces Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL Smartphones Starting at $649

Google Pixel 2 XL

It’s been a year since Google’s “Made by Google” event and it appears that Google is still very serious about their entry into the hardware market. At their latest “Made by Google” event, Google recently released the highly anticipated Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones, the successor to the highly successful Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones launched last year.

The new Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are fairly similar in design to the originals however, have significantly updated specifications and some unique software enhancements which differentiate them from the rest of the flagship [...]

 
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September 13, 2017

Apple Releases iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus

The 8th gen iPhones are the most speculated iPhones the past 7 years. Today, Apple has officially ended the rumor mill with the official release of the iPhone 8 family consisting of the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and the peculiar iPhone 8X.

Hate it or love it. All iPhone 8 models feature a glass back construction. It’s sleek as hell and allows for wireless charging, but also slippery in sweaty hands and prone to cracking. Definitely use case if you’re a klutzy. All iPhone 8 models

The key upgrade to the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus is the new 6-core A11 Bionic SoC. This new chip uses two performance cores and four high-efficiency cores. During its [...]

 
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August 23, 2017

Samsung Launches Galaxy Note 8 at Unpacked Event

Samsung recently launched their highly anticipated smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, at their Unpacked event recently held in New York City.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is marks Samsung’s first return to the Galaxy Note series after the massive failure of the Galaxy Note 7, a smartphone that was plagued with battery issues resulting in Samsung completely pulling the smartphone only a few months after its initial introduction.

As expected, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is packed with some of the latest features available to modern smartphones including its hallmark feature, the 6.3-inch 2960×1440 resolution Super AMOLED “Infinity [...]

 
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August 3, 2017

T-Mobile Takes All Awards in Latest OpenSignal Network Report

OpenSignal recently released their August 2017 State of Mobile Networks: USA report and for the first time ever, T-Mobile swept every single category which includes 4G Download Speed, 3G Download Speed, Overall Download Speed, 4G Latency, 3G Latency, and 4G Availability.

According to the report, T-Mobile testers were able to utilize a 4G LTE signal about 90.9% of the time and were able to achieve average LTE speeds of 17.5 Mbps. This is up from the average of 16.65 Mbps in February’s report. Verzion and AT&T on the other hand have shown significant speed decreases after re-introducing their unlimited plans. Verizon experienced the most significant drop in [...]

 
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July 29, 2017

T-Mobile Revives Galaxy S8 Buy One, Get One Free Deal

If you’ve been in the market for a new Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+, T-Mobile is running a limited time buy one, get one free deal you won’t want to miss out on.

The latest offer is similar to their previous Galaxy S8 BOGO deals in that you simply buy a Samsung Galaxy S8 or Samsung Galaxy S8+ and you’ll get one free. Of course, you’ll need to pay the full cost of the smartphones upfront, the sales tax, both phones need to be on an EIP plan, and you’ll have to open a new line of service on T-Mobile One or Simple Choice Unlimited.

After purchasing the two smartphones, simply head on over to the T-Mobile rebates website and [...]

 
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July 17, 2017

Amazon Rumored to be Working on New Messenger App “Anytime”

Well, it’s about time. A new report from AFTV News suggests that Amazon may be working on a new messenger app called “Anytime”.

The possible upcoming app was revealed from a survey which customers had been receiving. The survey asked customers information about what features were important in a messenger app and not only revealed the name of the app, but also revealed a list of features.

Looking at the feature list, Amazon Anywhere appears to possibly the the be all, end all kind of messenger app that does a little everything for everyone. Among the features include the ability to communicate with everyone, is private and secure [...]

 
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July 7, 2017

Qualcomm Sues Apple, Seeks Ban on iPhone Sales

The ongoing legal battle between Qualcomm and Apple is getting hotter by the day. According to a recent announcement by Qualcomm, the company filed a Patent Infringement Complaint against Apple, alleging that Apple breached six Qualcomm patents for the iPhone.

Most of the six patents mentioned in the complaint pertains to power saving features of Qualcomm’s baseband processor. In an infographic included with the press release, Qualcomm details each of the six patents and states that Apple have been using these technologies without paying for them.

In the meantime, Qualcomm demands that a Limited Exclusion Order (LEO) to be issued to Apple. The [...]

 
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June 22, 2017

Qualcomm Strikes 7nm Chip Deal with TSMC

According to DigiTimes, TSMC has won the bid to manufacture Qualcomm’s baseband chips on the 7nm node. The chip order is for the baseband processors only and not for application processors. Qualcomm is still making a decision between Samsung and TSMC for the production of its next-generation APs, and is waiting to see the second generation 7nm products from both companies before it makes a decision.

Both Samsung and TSMC will be switching from HKMG to EUV process technology at the 7nm node. Samsung announced that its 7nm Low Power Plus transistors made using EUV will be available in 2018, while TSMC said its 7nm EUV node will be ready by 2019.

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