The iPhone 8, Apple Watch 3 and Apple TV 4K are now shipping

If you have pulled the trigger on an iPhone 8, Apple Watch Series 3, or an Apple TV 4K pre-oder, you’d be delighted to hear that the gear is now marked as shipping, and you should be receiving the due date notification very soon, if you haven’t already – surprise, surprise, it’s September 22.
As usual, Apple is on the ball when it comes to release dates, so tomorrow you could be getting the new Apple iPhones, wearables or TV pucks right on your doorsteps, or you can simply waltz into an Apple Store (pardon, a Town Square), and grab the goods while they are hot, …


Dual-SIM Samsung Galaxy Note 8 goes on sale in the US for $890, unofficially


It’s highly unlikely that Samsung will launch a dual-SIM version of the Galaxy Note 8 in the United States. But that doesn’t mean that the phone will not be brought in the country through more or less unofficial channels.

So, if you treasure dual-SIM smartphones over the single SIM once, then you’ll be pleased to know the dual-SIM Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is now available for purchase in the US.

There are some caveats though like the fact that this is an international model that will only work on GSM carriers in the US. Also, you can only buy the Gold and Gray colors since Black and …

Best film and glass screen protectors for the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

Apple raised the prices for replacing a broken screen on your iPhone, and the new 8 and 8 Plus will set you back $149 and $169, respectively. That’s twenty bucks more than what Apple used to charge for the screen swaps on its latest iPhones, so if you know you can’t be bothered caring for your phone, better put a case on it… and a screen protector. 

Granted, Apple says it is using its toughest ever glass both for the screen cover layer, and for the chassis, but until drop tests definitely prove the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus hard nuts to crack, …

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs OnePlus 5

Introduction
There are many things to like about the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and very few reasons not to get one. It is big, it is shiny, and it is powerful. It comes with an S Pen stylus, and its dual camera is capable of actual 2X zoom and bokeh effects. But there is one noteworthy detail that could make you think twice before taking out that credit card – owning one will set you back around $1000. Yikes!

The OnePlus 5 cannot match the Note 8’s visual appeal, and it doesn’t have a fancy stylus either. Looking at its camera and hardware specs, however, it could give the Note 8 a run for …

Nokia 8 most likely to come to the US, and with more RAM and storage


HMD did not specify whether or not the Nokia 8 will be launched in the United States. However, the Finnish company did say that its flagship will “roll out globally this month.”

The Nokia 8 is already available for purchase in select markets, but HMD seems to be pushing this one out on the market in waves. The good news is the high-end smartphone is expected to make its debut in the United States as well, even if HMD has yet to make it official.

Two Nokia 8 models, different than the one that’s now available in Europe, have been recently spotted at FCC (Federal Communications Commission), …

Analyst says Apple iPhone 8, Apple iPhone 8 Plus pre-orders lower than usual

With pre-orders for the Apple iPhone 8 and Apple iPhone 8 Plus now on day six, a major trend is beginning to take shape and it isn’t looking good for Apple. Rosenblatt analyst Jun Zhang said in a note to clients disseminated today, that his analysis shows that pre-orders for the iPhone 8 series is trailing reservations placed for the Apple iPhone 6 and Apple iPhone 7. Like many other Wall Street analysts, Zhang says that customers waiting for the iPhone X unveiling to make a purchasing decision are holding off on pre-ordering the iPhone 8/8 Plus.

Zhang says that in China, pre-orders for …

Best Qi wireless chargers for iPhone 8

Wireless charging has been around for years: Nokia was among the first companies to adopt it, but Samsung has had it for years as well, just like many other phone makers.
And what about Apple? Well, it has only adopted it with the new glass-back iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X, but here is the thing with Apple’s adoption of new features: it drives the ecosystem forward.
Despite wireless charging being available for years, it was never quite in the mainstream. Expect this to change with Apple’s new iPhones supporting …

Samsung rings up 270,000 Galaxy Note 8 units in South Korea over the launch weekend

With the hoopla over the new 2017 iPhone models, some of the excitement over the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 seemed to have dissipated. Still, with the device released last Friday, Samsung was able to sell 270,000 units of its high-end phablet in South Korea over the launch weekend. On Friday, three major South Korean carriers (SK Telecom, KT and LG Uplus) scored 200,000 orders for the Galaxy Note 8 with an additional 70,000 sold the next day.

To put the figures in perspective, last year 160,000 Samsung Galaxy Note 7 units were sold in South Korea on the date of the phone’s release. Subsequently, …

Check out Apple's new ad for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, but don't miss the fine print

Apple’s latest ad for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus is interesting if you keep your eyes on the fine print at the bottom of the screen. For example, the commercial shows the new 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch versions of the iPhone getting splashed by water. In fine print on the bottom of the screen, Apple reminds you that liquid damage is not covered under the warranty for either phone. We also get to see the two handsets charging wirelessly on an AirPower mat. And while any wireless charger using the Qi platform will currently work, the ad tells us that the AirPower mat and software will be available …

Here's how much space Apple's new HEVC video format saves on an iPhone 8

The new iPhone 8, X and 8 Plus are Apple’s first phones to come with the space-saving, highly efficient HEVC video format, which will be brought to older handsets as well, along with the iOS 11 update that is released today. This format’s compression algorithms usually allow for up to twice less storage space occupied by recorded video footage, with barely a loss in image quality at that. 

The iPhone 8, X and 8 Plus are also Apple’s first phones capable of 4K video recording with the whopping 60fps smoothness, so how much space would recording …