Analyst cuts his forecast of 2017 Apple iPhone X production by 10%

According to a tech executive who is “in the know” when it comes to the production of the Apple iPhone X, the complex 3D sensors used on Face ID are still causing a major problem in the manufacturing of the device. Not terribly long ago, a financial newswire said that Apple’s yield for the iPhone X was 10%. To put that in perspective, it means that 90% of the units rolling off of the assembly line are failing to meet Apple’s standards. 

The anonymous tech executive says that the dot projector, part of the TrueDepth Camera system, is responsible for the production delays. This is seconded …


KGI cuts its Apple iPhone X shipping estimates for Q3 and all of 2017


Last month, KGI’s superb Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (who had the best iPhone X leak of the year back in February) predicted that Apple would ship 2 million to 4 million units of the Apple iPhone X during the third quarter. For all of 2017, Kuo said that Apple would deliver 45 million to 50 million iPhone X handsets. But now, after Apple has announced that the tenth anniversary iPhone model won’t ship until November 3rd, KGI (and presumably Ming-Chi Kuo) has made some changes to its forecast.

With pre-orders of the Apple iPhone X not beginning until October 27th, Apple will actually ship …

Apple signs a new deal with Warner Music that cuts the fees it pays out to the label

In order to reduce the fees paid at Apple Music, the tech titan has announced its first major licensing deal with a big time music label since Apple launched its streaming music service two years ago. Thanks to its new contract with Warner Music, Apple will now continue to stream chart toppers from Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and more. The pact covers use of the Warner catalog for iTunes, Apple’s online store, and Apple Music.

Under terms of the deal it is now trying to work out with other music providers, Apple is paying the record labels a smaller percentage of sales …

Motorola cuts the price of its unlocked Moto Z2 Force by $79 (UPDATE)

The new Motorola flagship, the Moto Z2 Force, is the sequel to last year’s Moto Z Force. And the Lenovo owned Motorola made some rather controversial decisions when it came to this year’s model. Among the most discussed was the sharp 22% drop in battery capacity from the 3500mAh cell used on the Moto Z Force Droid to the 2730mAh cell used on the sequel. Motorola claims that the smaller battery on the Moto Z2 Force still offers all-day power, some of which could be due to the energy sipping 10nm process used on the Snapdragon 835 chipset found inside the Moto Z2 Force.

Another issue is that …

Motorola cuts the price of its unlocked Moto Z2 Force by $79

The new Motorola flagship, the Moto Z2 Force, is the sequel to last year’s Moto Z Force. And the Lenovo owned company made some rather controversial decisions when it came to this year’s model. Among the most discussed is the drop in battery capacity from 3500mAh to the 2730mAh on the new handset. Motorola says it still offers all-day power, some of which could be due to the energy sipping 10nm process used on the Snapdragon 835 chipset used on the Moto Z2 Force.

Another issue is that the ShatterShield screen, while guaranteed not to shatter or crack with a fall 5-feet or lower, is prone …

'SNL' cuts the sexual tension on 'Morning Joe' with an awkward knife

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It’s been one week on, a few weeks off for Saturday Night Live these past few months, so the writers have either been missing out on some choice pop culture moments, or a backload of current events to plumb for the show’s cold open — depending how you look at it. 

Fortunately, there’s never a lack of political absurdity and, in this case, very public sexual tension to joke about.

In tonight’s cold open SNL finally tackled the incredibly uncomfortable quasi-relationship between Mika Brzezinski (Kate McKinnon) and Joe Scarborough (Alex Moffat) over the past 10 years on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. And it was just about as awkward as in real life. Read more…

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Apple working on its own graphics chips for future iPhones, cuts ties with Imagination Technologies

Shares in British chip designer Imagination Technologies plummeted by nearly 70%, after Apple said that it would stop licensing the company’s technology. The news broke out today, following a statement from the UK-based firm which reads that Cupertino will be “reducing its future reliance on Imagination’s technology” as it is “working on a separate, independent graphics design in order to control its products”.

The latest developments are an absolute disaster for Imagination Technologies, as about 50% of the company’s revenues come from Apple. Cupertino has been …

Cricket cuts its price for unlimited data, and offers a free phone to those who switch

The latest carrier to make an adjustment to an unlimited data plan is pre-paid carrier Cricket. Owned by AT&T, Cricket Wireless is chopping $10 or 14.3% off the price to $60 a month. When a second line is added, there is a $10 discount that increases to $20 with a third line. A fourth line chops $30 off the price bringing the price for a family of four to $180. If you need a fifth line of unlimited service, add an additional $40.

Besides offering unlimited data, the plan includes free calls from the U.S. to Canada and Mexico, and texting to 38 countries is also free. As with most of …

Verizon cuts price of Yahoo acquisition by $350 million, deal to close next quarter

Verizon and Yahoo have announced that because the latter had been hacked twice, the price of Verizon’s acquisition of the once proud internet company will be reduced by $350 million. That means Verizon will pay $4.48 billion for the company, down from the originally announced $4.83 billion. Yahoo had been hacked in 2013 and 2014 with the first one affecting over 1 billion Yahoo subscribers. It is considered to be the largest hack ever reported by a corporation. Yahoo will be responsible for any liabilities related to shareholder lawsuits and regulatory fines arising from the hacking, and both companies …

Microsoft Lumia 950, Lumia 950 XL Get Further Price Cuts In Europe Before Retail Launch

The Microsoft Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL powerhouses just got notable price cuts in France, following similar discounts in the UK.

Just recently, word came out that Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 flagship smartphones dropped their price in the UK before even going up for preorder. France is now next in line to cut the prices of the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL, with both smartphones now available for preorder at lower prices on Amazon France.

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The Lumia 950 is now available for preorder at €562 (about $619), marking a 6 percent price cut from the original price of €599 (roughly $660). The larger Lumia 950 XL, meanwhile, is now available for preorder at €649 (about $715), marking a 7 percent discount compared to its original price of €699 (about $700). The prices are for the unlocked models of the smartphones.

The new prices for the two smartphones in France are now lower than in other European regions, where they went up for preorder last week. In Italy, for instance, the Lumia 950 still costs €599 and the Lumia 950 XL goes up to €699. The handsets will start shipping on Nov. 27 in Italy and Dec. 3 in the UK, but there is no shipping date yet for the models in France.

As a reminder, the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL are Microsoft’s high-end smartphone offerings and come with plenty of bells and whistles to make them worthy of the flagship title.

The Lumia 950 is the smaller of the pair, featuring a 5.2-inch display, while the Lumia 950 XL phablet offers more screen real estate with a 5.7-inch display. The Lumia 950 packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, while the Lumia 950 XL has the more powerful Snapdragon 810, complete with Microsoft’s Liquid Cooling technology to ensure it doesn’t overheat.

Both the Lumia 950 and the Lumia 950 XL come with 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of built-in storage capacity expandable via microSD, 20-megapixel main cameras with Carl Zeiss optics, triple LED flash and dedicated camera buttons among the highlights.

The two Lumia flagships also promise advanced features and functionality thanks to the latest Windows 10 OS, which will even enable the handsets to serve as mini PCs through its neat Continuum feature.

The Microsoft Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL have stirred great interest since their debut and received mostly positive reviews, which leads fans to believe the handsets will be successful. On the other hand, the price cuts ahead of launch also raise questions of whether they’re meant to counter the weak initial demand for the smartphones.