Rumor: Broadcom to raise bid for Qualcomm to $80-82 a share from current $70 offer

According to a report published today, Broadcom is going to raise its unsolicited bid for fellow chipmaker Qualcomm to $120 billion from the current $103 billion offer that was put on the table last November, and rejected by Qualcomm. That deal works out to $70 a share and consists of $10 a cash and $60 in Broadcom stock for every share of Qualcomm. Broadcom is reportedly considering a new bid worth between $80 and $82 dollars a share. There is no indication how much cash will be included in a revised offer.

In addition to raising the value of its bid, Broadcom is said to be enticing Qualcomm …


How old is your current phone?

We love tech — that’s why we are on this website, right? And we love reading about, trying out, and even owning all of the latest tech. We are pretty sure you do, too. But there is a world beyond our expensive hobbies and it often does not allow us to have the latest and greatest in toys. So, we hold our childish enthusiasm at bay and compromise.

For how long? Some people adhere to the 2-year cycle, which is usually a happy middle-of-the-road deal — you pay the handset in 24 equal payments, which doesn’t hurt too much, and you get to exchange it when it is sort of old-ish (things get old …

9 out of 10 plan to stick with their current phone this holiday season

According to a survey conducted by Puls, 90% of those surveyed said that they plan to stick with their current smartphone this holiday season. This means that despite what is believed to be heavy demand for the new handset models offering near bezel-less displays, edge-to-edge screens and 18:9 aspect ratios, nine out of ten smartphone owners plan on sticking with their daily driver. The survey was conducted by Puls, a company that repairs your smartphone, mounts your flat screen television, or sets up your smart home all from the comfort of your own house.

The survey also discovered that …

Cook: Current technology for AR based smart glasses "not mature"

Ever since the launch last year of Pokemon Go, Apple CEO Tim Cook has been a strong supporter of Augmented Reality. Because of that support, there have been several reports claiming that Apple’s next innovative product will be smart glasses similar to Google Glass. While the latter product failed in the consumer market, some analysts see such a product succeeding in Apple’s hands. Former Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says that Apple Glasses will end up bigger than the iPhone.

But Cook put the kibosh on rumors that the glasses will come soon. The executive said in an interview on Tuesday …

The current best dating apps for iPhone and Android (2017 edition)

So you’ve decided that you no longer want to spend the nights alone and you are back in the dating game.
Good! We have some dating apps for iPhone and Android to help you find that special someone.

Different apps will help you fulfill different dating goals

So get them phones ready, take a deep breath and let’s start shining up that profile picture and bio. It’s time to get to work.
Also, here are a few tips and tricks on…

How to actually succeed …

HMD says all current Nokia smartphones will be upgraded to Android P

HMD has already committed to updating all its Nokia smartphones launched this year to Android 8.0 Oreo. Even the cheap Nokia 3 is supposed to be upgraded to the new version of the OS by the end of the year.

Well, it looks like the Finnish company took it even further and said that all its current Nokia smartphones will be upgraded to Android P soon after Google releases it next year. The announcement was made earlier today at a launch event in the Philippines.

It’s safe to assume that all other Nokia smartphones HMD will launch by the time Android P goes …

Twitter testing 280 character cap, double the current limit

President Trump might be excited to hear that Twitter is testing out a new cap of 280 characters per message. This would be a doubling of the current 140 character limit per message that has been a trademark of Twitter since its debut on July 15th, 2006. Only a small percentage of Twitter users (a single digit percentage at first) will see the new 280 character limit over the next few weeks until the higher character limit is available to all users.

Not all languages will be taking part in the testing. Those who tap out tweets in Japanese, Chinese, and Korean are out of luck, as those languages …

Google debuts trade-in program for current and upcoming Pixel phones

The Android One Moto X4 is not the only one that will benefit from a trade-in program in the United States. The Mountain View company has just kicked off a similar trade-in program on the Google Store, which will allow customers to purchase the upcoming Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL for a cheaper price, or the current Pixel models.

The good news is Google will accept smartphones from other brands like Apple, Samsung, Huawei, LG, and Motorola, not just Nexus and Pixel handsets.

So, how does it actually work? Well, there are no surprises there, as customers will register …

Virgin Mobile adds current iPhone users to Inner Circle, offering one-year of unlimited for $1

Pre-paid carrier Virgin Mobile announced its new iPhone-only plan back in June. Called the Inner Circle, customers purchasing an iPhone from Virgin receive one-year of unlimited talk, text and high-speed data for $1. After the year is up, members of the Inner Circle pay $50 a month to keep the unlimited data plan going. This includes receiving streaming video at 480p (DVD quality), and streaming music at a rate up to 500 kbps. Cloud gaming streams at 2 mbps. During periods of heavy traffic, these speeds can be throttled. 

Today, Virgin is extending the offer to include customers of …

iPhone 8 3D face recognition system will be faster than current tech, to work in ‘millionths of a second’

Apple’s iPhone 8 is expected to ditch fingerprint identification in favor of 3D face recognition, and now we learn that the new feature will work in a millionths of a second speed, according to a report by the Korea Herald citing insider info.
The Samsung Galaxy series were among the first mainstream devices to feature iris recognition, but the speed and accuracy of the current technology leave a lot to be desired, and maybe that is why current phones ship with an eye scanner AND a fingerprint reader.
The iPhone 8, …