LG's next flagship will continue to use an LCD display to cut costs

There will be no OLED display for the LG G7, or whatever name the South Korean company chooses for its upcoming flagship. Although OLED displays are thinner and have a higher energy efficiency, they cost twice or thrice the price of an LCD.

Market analysts say the LG G7 is likely to adopt an LCD display to cut costs since the company’s mobile division has been in the red for quite a while. While more and more smartphone makers are switching to OLED displays, the cost for the latter is still too high to justify the switch, so there’s no need to rush the transition.

It’s been previously …

BlackBerry KEYone gets a permanent $50 price cut in the US

BlackBerry fans who have been waiting for a sale on the company’s KEYone flagship will be pleased to hear the smartphone is getting a permanent price cut in the United States. Since the KEYone wasn’t discounted too often, it appears that the move is meant to boost the smartphone’s sales in select markets.

Currently, two US retailers now offer the BlackBerry KEYone for a lower price than the MSRP: Amazon and Best Buy. The KEYone usually sells in the US for $550, but starting today customers can get one for just $500.

Even though Amazon and Best Buy price listings may suggest this is …

Slumping iPhone X sales may have convinced Apple to cut production


Stagnant iPhone X sales have prompted Apple to dramatically slice production of the tech giant’s latest and most advanced handset, according to a report from the Japanese financial newspaper The Nikkei Asian Review. 

Apple initially planned to produce 40 million of these handsets at its Chinese factories between January and March 2018, but Apple has reportedly cut this goal in half to 20 million. 

Apparently, major markets in the U.S., China, and Europe are to blame for the now-sluggish sales after an initial buzz following the phone’s release in November.  Read more…

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Report says slow Apple iPhone X, iPhone 8/8 Plus sales will lead to as much as a 30% cut in orders to suppliers

While some analysts are telling clients that the 2017 iPhone models are selling well, supply chain sources have another story to tell. These guys are in the trenches and might have a closer view at what is really going on compared to an analyst sitting in a tall skyscraper on Wall Street. According to these supply chain sources, component suppliers could find Q1 2018 orders from Apple sliced by 15% to 30% compared to a typical first quarter.

Some argue that the lower orders to the supply chain is due to seasonal factors, such as the Lunar New Year holiday, which will drop factory utilization …

DIY battery replacement kits for iPhone 6 or later cut to $29 by iFixit

Yesterday, Apple apologized for throttling the CPU on models like the Apple iPhone 6 or later. After numerous models shutdown last year, unable to complete complex tasks, Apple deduced that the problem was the lack of power remaining in the older batteries inside these units. So iOS 10.2.1 was pushed out, designed to use power management (code for throttling) to slow down the CPU. This would prevent the affected iPhone from shutting down.

In its apology, which was posted on the Apple website, the company said that one of the steps it is taking to regain the trust of iPhone users …

Chinese tech stocks slump after report that Apple has cut its iPhone X orders by 40%

Apple is a company that can make or break the fortunes of its suppliers, that is why when reports started emerging yesterday that the Silicon Valley juggernaut has cut its suggested iPhone X order forecast from 50 million to 30 million, a lot of Chinese tech stocks experienced quite a ravaging, swimming in a sea of red, as you can see in the stock exchange snapshot below.

All it took is one report in a Taiwanese publication for Apple’s supplier Lens Technology to plunge 8%, for instance. The report said that Foxconn’s Zhengzhou plant, where the iPhone X is assembled, stopped hiring …

Deal alert: Misfit Vapor smartwatch gets a large price cut

Unveiled early this year at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the Misfit Vapor was supposed to hit the shelves sometime this summer. Unfortunately, Misfit couldn’t hit those deadlines, and left the launch for October, at $199 a pop. Merely two months after its introduction, the capable smartwatch is already seeing a big price cut down to $140 over at Amazon. 

The Vapor timepiece features a 1.39-inch AMOLED display, and is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 2100 processor. It packs the generous for a wearable 4 GB storage, as well as Bluetooth …

Results: phone cameras don't cut it, not always

A smartphone can be many, many things — a music player, a communications device, a fun mobile console, or even a camera. And lately, the camera department has been getting better and better. It’s safe to say that if you are shelling out for a flagship nowadays, chances are you will have a great camera on that phone.

But are they good enough to make most users forget about dedicated handheld cameras? Sure, you do have your phone on you at all times and that makes it the most-often used camera, but do you actually keep a dedicated shooter somewhere around, …

Verizon's $300 price cut on Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL now available online

Four days ago, we told you about Verizon’s new deal for the Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL. Without requiring a trade-in, as Verizon demanded in a previous version of the deal, new and existing Big Red customers are able to walk into a nearby Verizon Store and save $300 on the purchase of either new Pixel model. The phones must be bought using Verizon’s device payment plan, and the $300 discount is applied through a bill credit of $12.50 that will show up on your account each month for two years.

While the deal was being offered inside Big Red stores only, that was scheduled to change …

Google launches new Android app to help users cut down on data usage

Google’s latest Android app called Datally is supposed to make people better understand where their data usage is going. Because mobile data is very expensive in many parts of the world, knowing which apps are eating the most of your data becomes critical.

That’s one of the reasons Google decided to build Datally, an Android application that helps users understand, but also control and save data. The app allows you to see your usage on an hourly, daily, weekly or monthly basis.

Also, whenever you decide to turn on the Data Saver option, it will block background …