With Apple iPhone X sales fading, Apple could be about to make a big bet on content

This coming Tuesday, May 1st, Apple will report the results of its fiscal second quarter which ended in March. As we told you last week, Wall Street is in “full panic mode,” when it comes to the most valuable public company in the world. The stock dropped over 8% in a series of three days last week on fears that the Apple iPhone X has met an early demise. By all indications, the Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus have been selling well, but margins on those two models are lower than the amount Apple reaps on the slumping iPhone X.

Apple shares hit an all-time high of $183.50 on March 12th …

Huawei has a big winner in Western Europe with the P20 Pro

While Huawei isn’t shipping its top-of-the-line P20 Pro to the U.S., the phone is red hot in Western Europe. The handset that sports a triple-camera setup on back (40MP + 20MP +8MP) is now the Chinese manufacturer’s biggest seller of all time in the region. According to Huawei, in Western Europe the P20 Pro has rung up sales 316% higher than last year’s P10 Plus. Not bad, considering that smartphone sales overall have been flattish.

Huawei notes that most of the demand in Western Europe for the entire P20 line, consisting of the P20, P20 Pro and P20 Lite, has been seen in  the U.K., …

Best Buy will sell you the U.S. unlocked Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ for $50 off with a Big Red caveat

Have nothing to do today? Here’s an idea. Get in your car, drive to Best Buy, and take advantage of its sale on the U.S. unlocked version of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Samsung Galaxy S9+. Now, there is a big red caveat. Or perhaps we say Big Red caveat. To score the sale price of $669.99, you must activate the phone today through Verizon. And, you need to either open a new account, or add a new line. Following those rules, the U.S. unlocked Samsung Galaxy S9+ is $789.99.

Suppose you have no interest in switching to Verizon, or in adding a new line to your existing Big Red account. Or let’s …

The Huawei P20 Pro just won a big photography award

Huawei’s P20 Pro has been given a photography award by the Technical Image Press Association, also known as TIPA. Huawei certainly raised eyebrows with the launch of its latest triple camera-boasting flagship which immediately dethroned the Galaxy S9+ upon launch to take the crown of best smartphone camera according to DxOMark. Now, continuing to impress, the P20 Pro’s camera has once again been honored, this time with the 2018 Best Photo Smartphone award by TIPA.

Winning the award is a huge achievement for Huawei. After all, TIPA is a non-profit organization that partners up …

The Vernee M6 is slim, light, with a big screen and very modest price tag

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Vernee has been around the block for a while now, offering decent-spec phones at aggressive prices, battling for that piece of the midrange pie. With the new Vernee M6, the company has an offer that will definitely draw some attention.

So, here’s how it goes — the Vernee M6 is up for pre-sale and costs $129.99. However, …

Huawei, Xiaomi, and Vivo have big plans for overseas territories

China’s biggest smartphone brands appear to be preparing a big push in overseas territories. The likes of Huawei have made no secret of their plans to one day become the largest smartphone maker worldwide, while competitors such as OPPO, Vivo, and Xiaomi are also pursuing bigger shipment volumes. And, according to sources, it appears overseas markets are key to all brands’ growth strategies in 2018.

Starting off with Xiaomi, the brand is expected to put a heavy focus on India, although other emerging markets will also be central to their strategy of reaching 125 to 150 million shipments. …

Millie Bobby Brown repped March For Our Lives in a big way at the Kids' Choice Awards


Millie Bobby Brown, your favorite actor from the hit Netflix show Stranger Things, backed March For Our Lives in a big way at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards on Saturday.

She showed up to the event in a denim button-down shirt bearing the names of the 17 people who died in the Parkland, Florida mass shooting last month. The shirt was also emblazoned with the words “March For Our Lives” on the back and “Never Again” on the front.

When she won the award for Favorite TV Actress, Brown took her support a step further and talked about feeling inspired by gun reform protests that took place in Washington, D.C., and in cities across the country and world.  Read more…

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Huawei P20, P20 Pro and P20 Lite: big leak brings even more official renders, colors, specs in tow

Huawei, the world’s third largest phone maker, is about to introduce not one, not two, but three new phones in the near future, likely by the end of March.

The Huawei P20 and P20 Pro are expected to become the company’s 2018 flagship phones, while the P20 Lite should be a more affordable phone that will carry over only some of the innovation that the company shows in its flagship series.
But what would the P20 and P20 Pro look like, you wonder? Ask no more: German leakster Roland Quandt has gotten hold of the full specs and official renders for all three …

Millions of refugees could benefit from big data — but we're not using it


Today, 65 million people live as refugees or are displaced within their home countries — more than at any other point since the U.N. Refugee Agency began collecting data. Many countries have opened their borders to those displaced by war and famine, but struggle to handle the large influx.

This global crisis is often misunderstood as an overwhelming challenge for which no one can offer a satisfactory solution. But there is a set of tools that would help us, as a global society, take major leaps forward in addressing this crisis. I’m talking about predictive analytics — the statistical science (some would say art) that mines current and past data to predict future outcomes. Read more…

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The Big Barcelona Camera Comparison: iPhone X vs Pixel 2 XL vs Note 8


Mobile World Congress is just about to kick off, but we’ve already been here for a day and we have wasted no time. Walking down the iconic La Rambla main street and sightseeing the Sagrada Familia and the rest of the amazing buildings by Catalonia-born Gaudi, we also took some pictures.
And yes, we had a fancy camera with all the bells and whistles, but we would not be PhoneArena if we just used that. Instead, we had our pockets full of phones.
To help us capture the beauty of Barcelona in photos we had the:
Apple …