Bummer, Apple's HomePod speaker may not let you stream Bluetooth audio

Apple’s HomePod smart speaker launch date is fast approaching next week, yet we are just now learning that you won’t be able to play audio on it vi… you guessed it… Bluetooth, despite that the HomePod is equipped with the latest high-range, low-power 5.0 version of the wireless connectivity standard. So, what are my options to run tunes on the HomePod, you ask? Well, straight from the newly updated audio sources list that Apple just posted:

While lock-up to the Apple ecosystem could pretty much be expected with ease, a full-bore such effort comes …

Bummer, the Note 8 and S8 Oreo update won't bring Treble support

The new features that Android 8.0 Oreo brings aren’t overwhelming, but one of them is of particular note – Project Treble. It is Google’s final push to remedy slow Android updates by separating the basic, core Android framework, from the manufacturer image, and allow it to be updated much faster than before. 

There are a few Project Treble phones currently on the market, including Huawei’s Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro, but, unfortunately, Samsung’s ultrapopular Galaxy S8 or Note 8, won’t be one of those after their respective Oreo updates, it seems. 
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Snapdragon 845 tipped to use older 10nm production, bummer for the US-bound Galaxy S9

It’s been a familiar refrain for years now – the US gets a Snapdragon-equipped Galaxy S line flagship, because… Qualcomm patents, but also Verizon and Sprint’s legacy CDMA voice networks. The rest of the world, however, usually basks in the battery life efficiency coming with Samsung’s homebrew Exynos line of processors, and often the added benefit of a better audio processor.

Next year, with the introduction of the eventual Galaxy S9 and S9+, we thought that the roles may get reversed. Samsung just announced that its second-generation 10nm LPP processors are entering mass production, …

Bummer, the U11 Plus may not be present at HTC's November 2 event

Next week looked like an exciting week in smartphone land, as we would be eagerly awaiting on both the iPhone X release, and the November 2 event before it that HTC sent out invitations for. 

The iPhone launch we’ve known and prepped about for a while now, but the HTC event was no less thrilling as we know there is a new and exciting flagship on the horizon – the U11 Plus – which is supposed to usher HTC into the “bezel-less” era, and then pile a bunch of exciting new features on top. 
Sadly, the November 2 event seems …