Facebook Messenger chief admits the app is too cluttered, will be streamlined in 2018

Facebook’s vice president of messaging products, David Marcus, has essentially uttered the essential complaints that tons of Facebook Messengers users have had for a while now – Facebook’s dedicated messaging service has become way too cluttered for its own good.

In a rather extensive blog post detailing Facebook Messenger’s plans for 2018, Marcus admitted that 2018 will be the year when the platform will ditch some of the useless features and become way more streamlined than it currently is. After all, there wouldn’t have been any incentive for the development of the Android-only Facebook …

Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller says Android's Face ID attempts will "all stink"

Apple has raised the bar for smartphones with the debut of Face ID on the Apple iPhone X. And that means that we are bound to see Android manufacturers start offering competing versions of the feature. But as far as Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller is concerned, there is no competition. When talking recently to Dutch website Bright.nl about Face ID, the Apple executive gave a three word review of upcoming facial recognition systems for Android devices. “They all stink,” Schiller said succinctly.

Schiller, whose second tour at Apple started in April 1997, says that the Android versions …

Apple's retail chief says Apple Stores won't upsell the iPhone X to customers


Imagine this scenario. You walk into the Apple Store near you sometime in 2018 and the location has a number of Apple iPhone X units running on one of the tables. But you walk right past the premium tenth anniversary model and pick up the Apple iPhone 8 because that is the model you want. And just as you are ready to pay for the device, a member of the Apple Store team starts to upsell you on the iPhone X. It has an OLED screen, a larger battery, and of course it features Face ID. And that edge-to-edge display is gorgeous. Before you know it, your $699 purchase has turned into a budget busting …

After the Bixby button, Samsung disables the Bixby chief

The latest Samsung software update gives you the ability to completely disable the physical button that launches its Bixby virtual assistant on the latest high-end Galaxy phones. That’s right – you can either launch Bixby with that nice clicky button on the left, or nothing at all. 

Samsung apparently has a small team working on Bixby, and they’ve kept themselves pretty occupied with how to make the thing run in English for months, so, unsure about the pace of development, Samsung spared us yet another smart speaker with a digital butler built in.
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Samsung's mobile chief says to expect a foldable smartphone in 2018

Perhaps in a bid to distract all of those smartphone fans watching out for Apple’s introduction this afternoon of the tenth anniversary Apple iPhone X model, Samsung had a big announcement itself. Samsung’s top mobile executive, Koh Dong-jin, said today that the company will be releasing its long awaited foldable smartphone in 2018. The manufacturer has been working on this for some time. Back at CES in 2011, Samsung introduced a 4.5-inch flexible AMOLED display.

Samsung’s press conference today was held to show off the highly regarded Samsung Galaxy Note 8 phablet to the media in the company’s …

HoloLens founder and Windows Insider chief say smartglasses will replace smartphones

Back in June, former Wall Street analyst Gene Munster said that the AR powered  Apple Glasses, expected to be launched in 2020, will be bigger than the Apple iPhone. And that analysis is similar to forecasts made by HoloLens creator Alex Kipman, and Windows Insider Chief Dona Sarkar. Both agree with Munster that AR smartglasses could soon surpass smartphones as our main go-to technology.

Kipman, who created HoloLens, says that the smartphone is already dead and that people just don’t know it yet. The HoloLens uses a combination of real and virtual worlds to form Mixed Reality. The real …

Apple’s iPhone 8 just made this chip foundry chief a billionaire

Apple, in its constant efforts to move away from Samsung as components supplier, has tasked the production of its 2017 edition A11 chipset entirely to the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC). Its 86-year-old chairman Morris Chang  has just become a billionaire in the process. Shares of TSMC have jumped 27% in a year, making his stake in the company valued at a cool $1 billion.

This upshot in the foundry’s valuation comes on the wings of the extra iPhone 8 business that analysts are convinced will cause major increase in demand for iPhones overall this and …

Verizon Chief Network Officer Palmer explains why Big Red sat out the FCC's 600MHz spectrum auction

As we told you earlier this month, T-Mobile, Comcast and Dish Networks were the three big spenders during the FCC’s auction of 600MHz spectrum. As T-Mobile’s CEO John Legere pointed out, these airwaves are considered to be the equivalent of beachfront property since low-frequency spectrum can travel farther, and penetrate buildings better than higher band airwaves.

Some of the big names that you might have expected to successfully bid in the auction, ended up on the sidelines instead. Early in the process, Sprint announced that it had enough spectrum (albeit of the high-frequency variety) …

IFA chief wants the Galaxy Note 8 unveiled in Berlin

Speaking at a press conference in Lisbon, IFA Executive Director Jens Heithecker said Berlin’s yearly electronics trade show (held in September) would be a better place for Samsung to unveil the Galaxy Note 8.

He’s signaling that he wants Samsung to return to the tradeshow after the company began announcing its high-profile Note phones earlier, in August, and switched locations to New York. Between the first Galaxy Note and the Galaxy Note 4, Samsung held its announcements in Berlin, a day or two ahead of IFA.

Heithecker also said Samsung will have the biggest presentation …