Trump proposed an NFL boycott because irony means nothing in 2017

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Donald J. Trump, the 45th president of the United States, has explicitly asked football fans to give up on the National Football League “until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country.”

In other words: He’s calling for a boycott.

If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast. Fire or suspend!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2017

…NFL attendance and ratings are WAY DOWN. Boring games yes, but many stay away because they love our country. League should back U.S.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2017 Read more…

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HTC to give Vive app developers 100% of app revenue for the rest of 2017

No sooner has HTC made a deal with Google that will fill its coffers with $1.1 billion and increase the importance of the Vive VR system to the company, the Taiwan based manufacturer is trying to get developers to lower prices for apps developed for the VR headset. Instead of keeping 30% of app revenue related to the product, HTC will take a 0% slice of app revenue, which means that the developers will keep 100% instead of their usual 70%. After December 31st, 2017, HTC regains its 30% cut.

HTC is hoping that lower priced apps results in higher sales of the Vive system. And do not discount …

Streaming music sales accounted for 62% of total U.S. music revenue during the first half of 2017

According to the RIAA, streaming music is now responsible for the vast majority of stateside music purchases. Altogether, sales of tunes in the U.S. during the first half of this year hit $4 billion, up 17% year-over-year. At this pace, last year’s total of $7.7 billion in music sales should be topped. Streaming made up $2.5 billion of this year’s first half revenue, which amounts to a whopping 62% of industry sales. Right now, there are 30 million people in the states that are signed up to a streaming music service.

Breaking down streaming revenue in the first half of 2017, subscriber revenue …

Android handsets failed at twice the rate of iPhone units during Q2 2017

The latest State of Mobile Device Performance and Health report was just issued by Blancco Technology Group and it revealed that during the second quarter, one out of every four Android devices failed worldwide. That was more than double the 12% of iPhone models that failed globally during the same three month period. In North America, the gap was even wider with 24% of Android phones going down vs just 8% of iPhone handsets. Strangely, in Asia the numbers were reversed with 60% of iPhones failing versus 28% of Android flavored handsets.

From April through June, Samsung handsets accounted …

KGI cuts its Apple iPhone X shipping estimates for Q3 and all of 2017


Last month, KGI’s superb Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (who had the best iPhone X leak of the year back in February) predicted that Apple would ship 2 million to 4 million units of the Apple iPhone X during the third quarter. For all of 2017, Kuo said that Apple would deliver 45 million to 50 million iPhone X handsets. But now, after Apple has announced that the tenth anniversary iPhone model won’t ship until November 3rd, KGI (and presumably Ming-Chi Kuo) has made some changes to its forecast.

With pre-orders of the Apple iPhone X not beginning until October 27th, Apple will actually ship …

Verizon's Samsung Galaxy S5 receives update giving it the August 2017 security patch

Even though the Verizon branded Samsung Galaxy S5 launched in April 2014, the graybeard apparently isn’t too old to receive an update. The new software build to version MMB29M.G900VVRU2DQH2 brings the Android August 2017 security patch to the former flagship. In addition, the update fixes an issue that prevented the phone from connecting and pairing with some Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) devices.

When you receive the notification telling you that the update has arrived on your phone, before you start the process of downloading and installing it, make sure that your Galaxy S5 is connected to …

‘The Florida Project’ is the best 2017 movie that you haven’t heard of

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This world has never suffered from an overabundance of empathy. Even when we’re trying to be kind, we have a bad habit of falling back on judgment and condescension, of projecting our own issues and beliefs onto the decisions of others. 

So when something like The Florida Project comes along, it feels all the more remarkable. 

In his last film, Tangerine, director Sean Baker chronicled a night in the life of two trans sex workers, just blocks away but a world removed from the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. 

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Samsung Galaxy Tab A (2017) goes official with 8-inch display, 5,000 mAh battery


As expected, Samsung
quietly introduced its budget-friendly Galaxy Tab A (2017) tablet.
Despite rumors suggesting the slate will be launched on the market as
Samsung Galaxy Tab A2 S, the South Korean company chose another name,
at least in some regions.

Specs-wise, there are no
surprises if you’ve read out previous reports about the tablet. The
Galaxy Tab A (2017) is an entry-level slate that sports an 8-inch
display with 1280 x 800 pixels resolution.

On the inside, the tablet
packs a 1.4GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor, coupled
with 2GB RAM and 16GB expandable storage. …

GM leak of iOS 11 reveals 2017 Apple iPhone names: iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus

In just three days, many of the questions that we’ve had about the tenth anniversary edition of the Apple iPhone will be answered. One of the biggest questions is, what will Apple name this version of its iconic smartphone? From the very first rumors, most of us in the media have labeled it the Apple iPhone 8. The two iPhone 7 sequels were called the Apple iPhone 7s and Apple iPhone 7s Plus.

But last week, we passed along a couple of new rumors. One had the tenth anniversary model named the Apple iPhone Edition while the sequels were titled the Apple iPhone 8 and Apple iPhone 8 Plus. The …

Ookla: US LTE speeds up by 19% on average for the past year, T-Mobile leading the pack in H1 2017

The average mobile download speeds in the USA increased by 19% for the past year, according to Ookla. The company behind speedtest.net (the site where you check your download/upload speeds) just released its U.S. Market Report for mobile broadband, and it reveals some pretty interesting statistics. 

In said report, Ookla used a new “Speed Score” scoring system that supposedly measures “the full breadth of networking experience on a given network” in a more accurate manner. Essentially, it’s a mix of low-end, median, and top-end performance for both upload …