Did the Samsung Galaxy S9 go through a benchmark test with the SD-845, 6GB of RAM and Oreo on board?

A phone with its model number hidden was recently put through the Geekbench benchmark test. With a Snapdragon 845 mobile platform under the hood, 6GB of RAM inside, and Android 8.0 pre-installed, this could be the Samsung Galaxy S9. We emphasized the word “could” because these specs are going to be a common sight as 2018 gets going. However, Samsung is getting first crack at the Snapdragon 845 SoC, which raises the odds a bit that this is indeed Sammy’s 2018 flagship phone.

Samsung will unveil the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ on February 25th during the next Samsung Unpacked event in Barcelona. …


Copyright Royalty Board gives song writers a 44% hike over 5 years from music streamers

The U.S. Copyright Royalty Board has put some more money into songwriters’ pockets. The board has just awarded tunesmiths a 43.8% hike in royalties from streaming music services over the next five years (from 2018 to 2022). The annual increases will range from 10.5% to 15.1%. The royalties hike was the result of a trial that took place between March and June of last year. That legal battle pitted the National Music Publishers’ Association and the Nashville Songwriters’ Association International against music streamers Google, Amazon, Apple, Spotify and Pandora.

Even though this is the largest …

Report: Broadcom to release its candidates for Qualcomm's board tomorrow as deal turns hostile

Broadcom’s $103 billion bid for fellow chipmaker Qualcomm is not only unsolicited, it is now hostile. With the latter turning down what would be the largest acquisition in the history of the tech sector, Broadcom plans on trying an end around to get the deal done. According to people close to the transaction, this involves starting a proxy fight for control of Qualcomm’s board. These sources say that this will all start Monday when Broadcom announces its slate of candidates to run against Qualcomm’s current board.

Qualcomm shareholders will get to vote between the company’s present Board …

Soft bricks: Some Pixel 2 XL units reportedly ship without operating system on board


According to some amusing and rather odd reports, some users have received Pixel 2 XL units that came with no… Android operating system on board. Yes, it boggles the mind, but a redditor going by the name of MAKES_PEOPLE_MAD had their brand new Pixel 2 XL device greet them with a “Can’t find valid operating system. The device will not start.” message right out of the box, which is more than enough to ruin anyone’s day.

Accompanying the message is a security link to Google’s support page, which indicates that “The operating system on your device has been changed or …

HTC U11 Life to be released by T-Mobile, Android Oreo on board


Expected to be announced on November 2, possibly alongside
the high-end U11 Plus, the HTC U11 Life will be a mid-range smartphone that,
according to rumors, should cost around $400.

 

The U11 Life – pictured above – may soon be available in the
US
via T-Mobile. This info comes from a person who appears to be a T-Mobile store manager.
Apparently, the HTC U11 Life (in blue) is already shipping to T-Mobile stores,
so a release could follow shortly after the phone’s official announcement.

 

Running Android 8 Oreo, the HTC U11 Life will be dust- and water-resistant,
sporting a 5.2-inch …

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2017) will be released in the US next month, free content on board


Samsung Mobile USA today announced the upcoming
release of a new Android tablet simply called Galaxy Tab A 8.0. The slate succeeds
the Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2015), and it’s known in other markets as the Galaxy Tab
A (2017). As its name suggests, the new Samsung tablet sports an
8-inch screen. It’s not a high-resolution display, offering just 800 x 1280
pixels, but that’s because we’re talking about an affordable product here.

 

Samsung presents the Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2017) as a tablet for
the whole family. The device comes with Parental Controls, Kids Mode, “$100
of premium games, books, …

HTC U11 Plus to be water-resistant, Edge Sense and Boom Sound also on board


In the last several days, we’ve heard a lot about the
unannounced HTC U11 Plus, a new smartphone that will likely be officially
unveiled on November 2 (possibly marketed as U11+). In addition to what we
already knew about the HTC U11 Plus, we’re now hearing that the handset will be
dust- and water-resistant, thanks to an IP68-certified body. The info was shared
today on Twitter by Evan Blass (aka @evleaks), who is almost always right when
it comes to leaks.   

 

With an IP68 certification, the U11 Plus will be more
water-resistant than the already launched HTC U11 (IP67). …

Unlock your inner graffiti artist with these liquid chalk markers and board

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Uber is definitely not happy with Travis Kalanick's board appointments

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Ousted Uber CEO but still-Uber-board-member Travis Kalanick named two new directors to Uber’s board without consulting anyone else at the ride-hailing company he founded. 

Despite Kalanick’s looming presence over Uber, the people actually running the company now were not happy with his scheme. 

“The appointments of [former Xerox CEO Ursula Burns] and [former Merrill Lynch chief John Thain] to Uber’s Board of Directors came as a complete surprise to Uber and its Board,” Uber said in a statement. “That is precisely why we are working to put in place world-class governance to ensure we are building a company every employee and shareholder can be proud of.”  Read more…

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Asus ZenFone V launches on Verizon, near high-end features on board


Update: The Asus ZenFone V can now be bought from Verizon for $16 per month for 24 months, or $384 outright.
Not long after releasing the Asus ZenFone AR, Verizon
Wireless is now seemingly readying the launch of another Asus-made smartphone.
We’re talking about the Asus ZenFone V – model number V520KL – a handset that hasn’t been announced, and
yet it’s already listed on Asus’ official US website.

 

The Asus ZenFone V is smaller than
the ZenFone AR, and it’s not compatible with Google Tango, having no AR
(augmented reality) features. Nevertheless, this is a respectable handset, as
it …