AT&T beats Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint in mobile video streaming

T-Mobile has its quarterly OpenSignal network tests to brag with, Verizon boasts after each bi-annual Root Metrics study, while AT&T remains mum on the matter, although it scores very well in all reports.

No more, though, as AT&T just issued a bit of a humble brag on its own, citing the latest Global Wireless Solutions (GWS) study that puts its network at the top of the mobile video streaming pile, followed by Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint. The GWS tests used criteria like loading (or time to first picture), video quality, amount of freezing, and the overall reliability …


Deal: Save $80 on Apple's Beats Solo3 wireless headphones at Amazon and Best Buy

Apple’s Beats Solo3 wireless headphones have been on sale quite a few times in the last year or so, but if you missed those opportunities to buy a pair, you get another one right now.

Both Amazon and Best Buy have the Beats Solo3 on sale for just $220, so you’ll be saving $80 for the MSRP. However, not all color variants have had their prices discounted by $80, but the white and black models are surely among the cheapest.

For example, the Matte Gold Beats Solo3 are on sale for $260, which means you’ll only be saving $40. The same goes for the Matte Silver and Asphalt Gray variants. …

TSMC beats out Samsung, will be the exclusive producer of A12 chips for 2018 iPhone models?

Apple designs the chipsets used to power the iPhone, and then turns over the manufacturing to a company with the facilities to produce the component. In the last few years, Samsung and TSMC have been given the task (exclusively, or together) to produce these chips. TSMC has beaten out Samsung in the race to the 7nm process and according to industry sources, Apple has given the foundry an exclusive to produce the A12 SoC that will be used on the 2018 iPhone lineup. TSMC already has orders from 40 customers to produce chips for mobile devices, using the 7nm process.

TSMC reportedly plans on …

Deal: Apple's Beats Solo3 wireless headphones are on sale for less than $200 ($100 off)

Apple’s Beats Solo3 headphones are on sale once again, so if you’ve missed any of the previous promotional offers, here is another one coming from Newegg. The headphones that promise up to 40 hours of battery life can now be had for less than $200 on eBay.

Newegg’s eBay official store now offers a pair of Beats Solo3 wireless headphones for just $197, so you’ll be saving around $100 if you take the retailer’s offer. It’s also worth mentioning that you’ll be able to choose from no less than four color options: Rose Gold, Gloss White, Gloss Black, and Gold.

Naturally, …

Google Pixel 2 beats out the Apple iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy Note 8 in activations this past holiday weekend

Despite recent reports revealing multiple issues with the Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL (mostly with the screen and speaker), the two handsets enjoyed a surprisingly strong Christmas weekend and tallied more activations than the Apple iPhone X and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. According to fresh data from  analytics company Localytics, the Pixel 2 accounted for a leading 38.61% of smartphone activations last weekend.

The Google Pixel 2 XL was second, with 31.41% of last weekend’s hook-ups. With 28.72%, the Apple iPhone X was in third place followed by the Apple iPhone 8 (17.7%) …

Deal: BeatsX and Beats Solo3 wireless headphones are on sale for 30% off on Amazon

If you missed the Black Friday deals on Apple’s Beats headphones, you’ll be happy to know some of them are back on sale on Amazon. Both Beats Solo3 and BeatsX have been discounted by slightly more than 30%, so if you’ve been looking for some high-quality headphones, you may consider the promotion.

Usually, the Beats Solo3 wireless on-ear headphones sell for $300, but for a limited time, Amazon is selling a pair for just $200. On the other hand, the BeatsX wireless in-ear headphones can be had for only $99, thus you’ll be saving $50 off the retail price.

If …

Deal: BeatsX, Beats Solo3 and Powerbeats3 are on sale for up to 30% off at Apple

Apple enters the Black Friday fever with a couple of deals that cuts prices on some of the headphones sold via its online and retail stores. Three pairs of headphones are now on sale at Apple Store, so if you’ve been hunting for a great deal on Beats products, then now would be a good time to check them out.

First off, we have the popular BeatsX earphones, which usually sell for $150. Well, Apple now offers the earphones for just $99, so you’ll be saving slightly more than 50 bucks if you take advantage of the deal.

Then, we have the Beats Solo3 Wireless …

Security firm beats Face ID with a mask

Security firm Bkav has allegedly created a mask that has defeated Face ID. If you’ve been Rip Van Winkling your way through the last two months, we should tell you that Face ID is the security system that Apple uses on the Tenth Anniversary iPhone X model to replace Touch ID. Because the premium handset features an edge-to-edge screen and has very slim bezels (4mm wide), Apple had to come up with a way to replace the fingerprint scanner that powers Touch ID. So the gang in Cupertino decided to use a facial recognition system to unlock the device and verify Apple Pay transactions.

Apple …

The iPhone 8 Plus beats Note 8 in drop tests, including 'I left it on the car' one

There comes a time in a person’s life when your heart sinks and the world loses its meaning. Yes, we are talking when you drop your all-new glass phones like the iPhone 8 Plus or Note 8  that cost at least $800, and you shatter either the backplate, the screen, or both. To avoid these scenarios, it’s good to know exactly how durable the Gorilla Glass 5 on the Note 8 or “the most durable glass in the world” on the iPhone 8 Plus are. This is where SquareTrade’s standardized drop tests come in handy.

Besides its usual drop and tumble machines, the …

Samsung beats Apple for the US market share crown, but S8 not in the top three

Samsung has climbed up to the top in US market share in the three-month period that ended in May, says research shop Kantar, as often happens in this weak for Apple and strong for Samsung quarter, given that the Koreans launch their flagships in the spring, while Apple does it in the fall. Still, while Samsung reached 36.2% market share this past quarter, and Apple sits at 34%, Samsung’s achievement is still a bit shy from what it managed to pull off last year in the same period with the S7 and S7 edge.
“The Galaxy S8 launch helped Samsung …