TSMC is building a $20 billion facility to keep Apple as a customer

The Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company might not exactly be a household name, but it is one of the bigger players in smartphone component manufacturing. While companies like Qualcomm, MediaTek and Apple design their own chipsets, TSMC is the one that actually manufactures them.

But there are other players in the field, too — Samsung Semiconductor and Intel are two of the bigger ones — which necessitates the near-constant need to improve and innovate upon the manufacturing process. Thus, TSMC has already laid out its roadmap all …


Samsung Galaxy Note 8: 20+ tips and tricks (video)

Samsung might not have made a huge evolutionary stride with the Galaxy Note 8, but that doesn’t take away from the handset’s excellence.

Purchasing one will get you a cutting-edge design, a massive 6.3-inch display, and some of the best hardware specs money can buy. Combine this with an advanced-dual camera composition and the new S-Pen stylus, and you get one of the most feature-packed handsets released to date.

Still, this plethora of functionalities can be a bit overwhelming, especially if you’re a first-time buyer. Thus, we’ve compiled a number of tricks …

Deal: Nokia Steel hybrid smartwatch is 20% off for a limited time

Nokia’s hybrid smartwatch is now on sale in Europe until the end of the month, but customers in the United States can get the Nokia Steel slightly cheaper starting next week.

Nokia Steel usually sells for €130/$130, but customers can pick it up for just €105 until September 30. The 20% discount is available on Nokia’s online store and is available for the smartwatch and one additional wristband to go with it.

It’s also worth mentioning that buyers will be able to choose between free shipping (standard method) and express delivery which costs €66, but you’ll …

Deal: Unlocked Moto E4 Plus costs just $145 (20% off) on Amazon

The Moto E4 Plus hit the shelves in the United States about a month ago, but the entry-level smartphone is already on sale. The 4th generation Moto E Plus usually sells for $180 outright, but Amazon has decided to discount it by 20%.

The unlocked Moto E4 Plus is available for purchase on Amazon for just $145. The best thing about this deal is the fact that the smartphone works on just about all major carriers in the US, including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon.

It’s also worth mentioning Amazon has only slashed the price of the standard version …

Apple Store opens in Reno, Nevada after relocating; new Apple store 2.0 design is open and airy


You might remember a very old BlackBerry Storm commercial from 2008 that focused on the SurePress clickable keyboard that was supposed to make typing on the phone’s glass display more accurate. While the Storm user on screen was typing out the name of a city, the off-screen announcer was saying, “And lookee here…it’s typing Reno, Nevada instead of Rino Fertada or Emo Pinata.”

We bring that up because yesterday, Apple opened up its newest Apple Store in Reno, Nevada. Note that the store was not opened in Rino Fertada or even Emo Pinata. The new store opened in the Summit Reno Mall, …

Android Wear 2.0 starts rolling out for AT&T's LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition


Great news for LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition owners who purchase their smartwatches through AT&T, as the carrier has just announced Android Wear 2.0 is now being pushed to the wearable device.

AT&T’s LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition is the last version of the smartwatch received this update after Verizon released it about a month ago. Not to mention the first generation model got Android Wear 2.0 back in April.

It’s been almost seven months since Google launched Android Wear 2.0, but it looks like carriers have been delaying the release of the update for quite a long time.

Anyway, …

Shipments of the Apple Watch are expected to rise 33% in 2018 to hit 20 million units

According to sources inside Apple’s upstream supply chain, the tech titan will ship 4.5 million units of the Apple Watch during the fourth calendar quarter of this year. At that pace, Apple will have delivered a total of 15 million units for all of 2017. The supply chain expects Apple to ship a total of 20 million smartwatches next year for a gain of 33% year-over-year. The OG Apple Watch shipped less than 5 million units after its launch in April 2015, but the second series has done well since its launch last September.

The third series Apple Watch, which is rumored to be a stand alone …

Deal: Huawei Watch 2 (Carbon Black) is 20% off on Amazon

Huawei started to sell the Watch 2 in the United States back in April, but the Classic model went on sale one month later. The former was priced to sell for $300, while the latter is available for purchase for $370.

However, for a limited time, Huawei Watch 2 can be had for just $239.99 on Amazon, 20% cheaper than the standard retail price. The Carbon Black model seems to have the biggest discount ($60), but two other Huawei Watch 2 models are on sale as well.

Customers who want a more expensive version can buy the Huawei Watch 2 Classic (Titanium Grey with …

Motorola decides to roll out Android Wear 2.0 for Moto 360 Sport

Motorola has just announced that one of its smartwatches, the Moto 360 Sport will finally receive the long-awaited Android Wear 2.0 update. After updating the second-generation Moto 360 back in May, Motorola backtrack on its plans to leave the Moto 360 Sport without the update.

Unfortunately, the Moto 360 Sport did not sell well at all, which forced Motorola to pull the smartwatch from Google Play Store. That’s the main reason Android Wear 2.0 was delayed until now, and probably why Motorola was considering not offering the update at all.

Today, the US-based …

Deal: Select Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ protective covers are now $20 off

Do you own a Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+, but don’t have a protective case for it yet? Well, maybe it’s time to buy one, as select cases are now available for $20 off their regular prices. Mind you, we’re talking about official Samsung-made cases that will precisely fit your S8 or S8+.

Here’s what you can get to protect your Galaxy S8 or S8+:

S-View Flip Cover Case – $39.99 (instead of $59.99)LED Wallet Cover – $39.99 (instead of $59.99)Silicone Cover – $9.99 (instead of $29.99) – deal available until August 28Keyboard Cover (S8+ only) – $39.99 (instead of …