U.S. adults saw their ownership of smart speakers soar 128% in 2017

If we told you once throughout 2017, we told you a number of times that the smart speaker was having a great year. We also told you to expect the product to appear under many a Christmas Tree during the holiday shopping season. Now, a new survey from National Public Radio (NPR) and Edison Research reveals that 16% of American adults own a smart speaker and that is up a whopping 128% from last January. Sure enough, 7% received the device as a holiday gift, and 4% found their first smart speaker when they ripped the wrapping paper off their holiday present.

A rather simple device that combines …


LG had a profitable Q4 2017, but no thanks to smartphone sales

LG Electronics has recently revealed its earnings for Q4 2017. For the October-December period of last year, the estimated operating profit of the Korean company is at 366.8 billion won, which is about $343 million.
The data indicates a strong year-over-year increase, as LG recorded an operating loss of 35.2 billion won ($33million) in Q4 2016. Meanwhile, sales estimates were also up 14.8 percent over the aforementioned period. 
It’s worth noting that market analysts expected to see a stronger quarterly …

Google Play first-time app installs surpassed App Store's by more than double in 2017

It appears that 2017 was a great year for Apple, Google and mobile users alike, at least according to the latest report from research company SensorTower. The report claims mobile users spent no less than $58.6 billion on apps and games last year via in-app purchases, subscriptions, and premium apps on both the App Store and Google Play. Suffice to say that’s a 35% increase over 2016.

Although App Store at about every category, there’s one where Google Play is far ahead of Apple’s applications store: first-time app installs. The report published recently by SensorTower …

Nokia tallies strong feature phone sales in third quarter of 2017, led by iconic 3310

Research firm Counterpoint Research pulled out its trusty slide rule and computed that during the third quarter of 2017, which covered July through September, Nokia licensee HMD Global sold 2.8 million Nokia smartphones worldwide. During the same time frame, the company sold 13.5 million Nokia feature phones. For the quarter, Nokia placed 16th among smartphone manufacturers and third among those producing feature phones. Combined, Nokia was the eighth largest handset producer worldwide for Q3.

The 2.8 million smartphones that Nokia sold globally during the third quarter easily topped the …

Two research firms say T-Mobile was tops in customer satisfaction throughout 2017; Verizon was next

Perhaps with T-Mobile CEO John Legere constantly talking about ways to eradicate customer’s “pain points,” it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the nation’s third largest carrier finished on top for Overall Customer Satisfaction in 2017 based on surveys taken by HarrisX Mobile Insights and YouGov BrandIndex. Both research firms state that T-Mobile customers were more satisfied than those subscribed to rivals like Verizon, AT&T and Sprint, all throughout 2017.

Besides offering extras like free Netflix for those with two or more T-Mobile One lines, the carrier gives away several goodies …

Samsung Galaxy A5 and A7 (2017) updated with selfie focus, other camera improvements

Although we should be talking about the new lineup of Galaxy A series smartphones, a new update makes the previous models newsworthy. It appears that both Galaxy A5 and A7 (2017) smartphones have received an update that brings some important camera-related features.

The most important is called Selfie focus and it’s a new mode for the front camera that when enabled allows users to take a picture without having to tap the screen to focus on a subject. It’s supposed to add some sort of bokeh effect and make the background blur while the subject of the picture is right …

Deal: Samsung Gear VR (2017) headset and controller are down to $54, the lowest price to date!

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If you’re an owner of a Samsung phone who wants to enter the trendy VR niche, you might want to check out Daily Steals’ latest offer for the 2017 Samsung Gear VR and controller combo.

The e-commerce site has the bundle on sale for just $54.99. Amazon has also discounted the set, but prices for …

Passengers on Hawaiian Airlines flight got to kiss 2017 goodbye twice

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Back to the Future is real, just not the way our ’80s selves imagined it would be.

Last night, Hawaiian Airlines Flight HA446 took off in Auckland, New Zealand in 2018, and arrived in Honolulu, Hawaii in 2017, proving that time travel is real — sort of.

The flight technically left Auckland at 12:05 am on January 1st, before arriving in Honolulu at 9:45 am December 31st, having crossed multiple time zones.

Time travel is possible!
Flight #HA446 just took off from New Zealand in 2018 and will land in Hawaii back in 2017! pic.twitter.com/3KsCEniCOL

— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) December 31, 2017 Read more…

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Most underrated phones of 2017

What a year it’s been for the smartphone market! Looking back at what transpired, we saw no shortage of top-notch offerings that constantly kept coming at us in a steady flow. On top of that, 2017 will go down in smartphone history as the year of adopting trends, as we saw several devices choosing to go with the all-screen form factor, dual-camera system, and minimal bezels. Through all the solid smartphones that enamored us, we can’t neglect to remember some of the other ones that flew under the radar – due to being overshadowed largely by these stellar flagships!

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Verizon vs AT&T vs Sprint vs T-Mobile: which is your preferred carrier in 2017? (Poll Results)

Verizon, AT&T, Sprint or T-Mobile: which one is your preferred carrier in 2017?
That’s what we asked you, our readers, just a few days ago, and we have now closed the voting and the results of the poll are in.
Out of the big four US carriers, an overwhelming majority of our readers have voiced their preference for T-Mobile. Once the underdog, T-Mobile with outspoken CEO John Legere at the helm has been building 4G LTE towers, boosting coverage and LTE speed, and it has won FCC’s important 600MHz auction this year, …