Company you've never heard of reveals that face recognition and AR are coming to the Apple iPhone 8

A company that you probably never heard of has inadvertently revealed information pertaining to the 10th anniversary edition of the Apple iPhone. Dubbed the Apple iPhone 8, this premium model is widely expected to include features including 3D sensing and AR capabilities. Back in February, KGI securities reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that the front camera on the device will be revolutionary with its ability to provide face recognition and AR capabilities.

Since February, there have been various rumors at one time or another about whether Apple has been able to get the technology …


A look inside the company that aims to overtake Apple and Samsung

Chances are you cannot even pronounce its name right: Huawei, a company that is almost unheard of in the United States, has quietly grown to become the world’s third largest smartphone maker in 2016.
Headquartered in China and having its roots in the country’s ‘Silicon Valley’, the Shenzhen-Guangdong metro area, where practically every smartphone component in the world is made, Huawei has spread its reach to Europe, Asia and the rest of the globe in the past couple of years. While the big names in the phone industry withness a maturing market …

North Korean tech company rips off Apple's trademarks by marketing the Ryonghung iPad

The powers that be in North Korea don’t seem to care about international conventions, so perhaps it is no surprise that they would stick their tongues out at trademark and patent violations. This time, the target is Apple. A tech company in the country, Ryonghung, has launched a tablet that it calls the Ryonghung iPad. This is obviously a rip off of the branding used by Apple for its tablets, right down to the use of the lower case “i” and capital “P.” Considering that Apple introduced the tablet category back in 2010, there is no question which company used the name first. And of course, Apple …

Spotify might be nearing an IPO, as the company settles a lawsuit and hires new talent

As of March this year, Spotify reported a spectacular 50 million count of monthly paying subscribers that enjoy premium access to audio content. The Sweden-based company has been rumored to be setting itself up for an IPO for quite many months now, looking to expand its online music streaming enterprise and attract investments. However, Spotify has had trouble with monetizing its huge traffic, causing investors to hold mixed views about the business’ viability. The streaming service has also been notorious among artists for paying low royalties for their works, causing many big name …

Uber trips will get more expensive as the company adds add route-based pricing in 14 American cities

In a bid to generate further income and recover from its $2.8 billion 2016 losses, Uber is adding route-based pricing to its transport services. In addition to charging customers based on distance, travel time, and regular/peak hours, Uber will also expect more money for covering routes in high demand. For example, riding from the suburbs to a downtown establishment may cost more than the opposite route.

The company has implemented an algorithm to predict what customers are absolutely willing to pay in order to get to a certain destination. The final fare will be …

Apple is now the first $800 billion company, Buffett the smartest guy in the room… again

The highly-anticipated iPhone 8, edge-to-edge OLED screen and all, is apparently going to throw Apple fans in an upgrade “super cycle,” or so think the analysts, whose predictions made investors take notice, and push Apple’s stock past the $800 billion market cap mark yesterday after the quarterly results were announced. To put things into perspective, that’s the first time in the history of the US stock market that a company has reached this exorbitant market capitalization. 

While the shares were briefly down, as investors heard that Apple sold slightly less iPhones than …

Straight Path receives a $2.3 billion offer from mystery bidder, company owns spectrum related to 5G

On the evening of April 7th, Straight Path was valued at $455 million dollars. On Monday morning, April 10th, AT&T announced that it would buy Straight Path Communications for $1.6 billion. The attraction? The company is one of the largest owners of 28 GHz and 39 GHz millimeter wave spectrum. These airwaves will be used by carriers building out their next-generation 5G network.

The day of AT&T’s announcement, the stock soared from $36.48 to $89.75, still below AT&T’s $95.63 per share offer. Two weeks later, a mystery bidder (rumored to be Verizon) topped AT&T with a bid …

The Fitbit Flex 2 that exploded did so due to external factors, company says

Few days ago, a Fitbit Flex 2 allegedly exploded on a wearer’s wrist, sparking an investigation into the accident. Fitbit is done investigating and announced that no device malfunction is to blame. The unit in question was tested by a “leading third-party failure analysis firm.” Together with Fitbit’s own analysis, the conclusion is that damage caused by “external forces” is to blame.

The company isn’t offering any specifics as to what said forces can be. It also hasn’t received any similar complaints. Overall, it’s a sketchy situation, but at least other people …

Samsung Galaxy S8 U.S. pre-orders rise 30% over Galaxy S7 reservations and set new company record

Before the unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy S8 last month, Samsung executives no doubt were sitting on pins and needles. How would the public respond to the new flagship models just half a year after the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was pulled off shelves? The phablet turned out to be doomed by faulty batteries that made each unit a potential explosive, something that Samsung didn’t want the public to associate with its brand.

Earlier this year, Samsung said that it would institute a new 8-point battery check in an attempt to persuade consumers that they have nothing to fear from new Samsung handsets. …

Company developing a physical QWERTY keyboard Moto Mod will meet with Lenovo and Verizon

Last month, we told you about a company called Livermorium that is developing a third-party physical QWERTY keyboard Moto Mod. The accessory is listed on Indiegogo where the company is trying to raise the $100,000 it needs to guarantee production. With 15-days left on the crowdfunding site, Livermorium has raised a tad more than $47,000 from 638 backers. If you like the idea of adding a QWERTY keyboard to your Moto Z device, you might want to donate $60 for a Super Early Bird model. The company plans on selling them for $120 at retail, if it can get the necessary funding.

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