Samsung breaks ground on the 7nm foundry that will cast the Galaxy S10 and Note 10 chipsets

Samsung just tooled up for mass production of the chipsets that will go into the Galaxy S10 and Note 10, as it is breaking ground on a brand new foundry this week, tasked with making the plunge all the way down to the 7nm production node. The factory costs $5.6 billion, yet Samsung has further expansion plans about it, since the 7nm process will be with us for at least a few years going forward.

The Snapdragon 845 chipset that is about to debut in the Galaxy S9, is packing Qualcomm’s X20 modem, which does 1.2 Gbps, so we’d wager to guess that the 7nm X24 modem …


After nearly six months, Android Oreo finally breaks 1% market share

Google has just released the Android distribution numbers for the month of February. At first glance, the situation looks terrible for those hoping that Oreo will pick up the pace and improve its market share.

However, looking back at the same numbers one year ago, we can confirm that deployment of new Android platforms is within the parameters. Google announced today that Android Oreo has finally passed 1% market share worldwide, which is exactly what Android Nougat did exactly one year ago.

Apparently, Android Oreo is now running on 1.1% of devices, while Android Nougat is now at …

The X is a Frankenphone, see how Apple makes or breaks the fortunes of its suppliers

Spanning from Saudi Arabia to Taiwan, Apple’s suppliers have been riding on the iPhone success or going through hard times in the past decade, depending on whether they are anointed with the kiss on the forehead called an iPhone component order. Nikkei just came out with an analysis of what the iPhone’s 10th anniversary means for the Asian technology companies, and has made several infographics that showcase what a Frankenstein monster the iPhone X is, for example, created by tens of different suppliers’ parts.The whole supply chain has been reshuffled and re-created

Apple …

Android Oreo 8.1 breaks multi-touch on some devices

It appears that a rather severe issue has sneaked into the official version of Android Oreo 8.1. Multiple users are reporting that the latest version of Google’s mobile OS has broken the multi-touch feature on their phones. 

Touching the screen with multiple fingers causes the image on the display of some units to shake and jump, which can be quite annoying if you’re playing FPS games or trying to use pinch-to-zoom. Now, we all know that a picture video is worth a thousand words, so feel free to watch the YouTube clip below in order to get a better …

Recent Samsung Galaxy S8 update breaks fast charging for some owners

It appears that a recent update for the Galaxy S8/S8+ might have caused some units to malfunction. The problem seems to come from last month’s software upgrade which contained the October Android Security patch. After installation, the update breaks fast charging on certain devices.

Unsurprisingly, affected users have voiced their concerns over the internet. There are multiple appeals for help on Twitter as well as a number of threads on the Samsung community forums:

@SamsungSupport my s8 stopped fast charging after the latest update.  …

Morgan Stanley: Apple breaks law of economics as high price of iPhone X means higher sales

Common sense would have you believe that the high retail pricing of the Apple iPhone X will hold back sales of the tenth anniversary model. After all, the phone with 64GB of native storage is priced at $999. The 256GB model will cost you $1,149. Surprisingly, brokerage firm Morgan Stanley says that the higher prices will actually raise demand for the unit. According to the firm’s Apple analyst Katy Huberty, “Innovation-led price increases historically boost, rather than hinder, Apple demand.”

According to Huberty, Apple’s MO is to sell high quality, innovative products at premium prices. …

Samsung Galaxy S8 powered by the Exynos 8895 SoC, breaks the 7000 ceiling at Geekbench for multi-core score

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ are considered among the top two Android handsets currently available. Each model has two different variants based on the chipset employed. In the U.S., the two flagship phones feature the Snapdragon 835 chipset carrying an octa-core CPU and the Adreno 540 GPU. Elsewhere, the home grown Exynos 8895 SoC is under the hood, carrying an octa-core CPU and the Mali-G71 MP20 GPU.

Today, the Exynos 8895 SoC powered Galaxy S8 was put through the Geekbench benchmark test, and the multi-core score of 7101 was one of the highest results ever seen on a smartphone. …

Android 7.1.2 Nougat update breaks fingerprint sensor for many Pixel and Nexus users

We would think that after so many issues in the past, Google would take enough time to make sure that new Android updates are completely bug-free. Too many times Pixel and Nexus users had troubles with their phones after installing Android updates released by Google.

Unfortunately, the search giant did it again, as Android 7.1.2 Nougat update breaks the fingerprint sensor on the Pixel and Nexus smartphones. For the time being, it’s unclear if this is a widespread issue or something isolated.

In any case, Google must replicate the bug before trying to find …

Android O breaks apps like Twilight and Status that draw over the system UI

There is a number of Android apps that draw (or display content) on top of everything else on the screen. Such is the case with popular blue light dimming app Twilight, which applies a color overlay on top of other apps and the system UI, as well as status bar “replacement” tool Status, which enhances the status bar with a host of neat features. Twilight and Status are just two of the most popular examples, but there are other Android apps that also take advantage of the permission to draw over everything else on the screen.

However, with the arrival of Android …

NASA's Peggy Whitson breaks another space record because this is just what she does

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Congratulations to NASA’s Peggy Whitson on shattering yet another space record. At this point, though, you’re starting to make us all feel bad about ourselves. 

On Sunday, NASA announced that Astronaut Peggy Whitson had broken yet another record for being the first woman to command the International Space Station twiceIn 2008, Whitson became the first woman to command the International Space Station.

But this isn’t the only record that Whitson has broken. In fact, it’s almost impossible to keep track of 56-year-old Whitson’s spaceflight records.  Read more…

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