Verizon cuts the price of nearly all Moto Mods by 50%

If you, or someone on your holiday shopping list owns a Moto Z or Moto Z2 series phone, you might want to mosey on down to your nearest Verizon store. There, nearly all Moto Mods are priced at 50% off. And that even includes the brand new Polaroid Insta-Share Printer Mod, which is $100 off at $99.99. The Insta-Share Projector is priced at $149.99 following a $150 discount, and even the price of the new Amazon Alexa Smart Speaker Moto Mod has been sliced in half to $74.99.

If you’ve been waiting for Moto Mod prices to drop like stock prices in the Crash of 1929, this is about as close as …


Y Combinator cuts ties with Peter Thiel

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Silicon Valley startup accelerator Y Combinator has cut ties with Peter Thiel, BuzzFeed reported

The billionaire PayPal founder joined the accelerator as a part-time partner in 2015. Since then, he’s become better-known outside the tech world for funding the lawsuit that took down Gawker and for his support of Donald Trump. 

Back in 2015, Y Combinator president Sam Altman said he was “delighted” to welcome Thiel and that he was “confident that Peter joining will be great for YC.” The blog post announcing Thiel’s start at Y Combinator now bears an editor’s note that says, “Peter Thiel is no longer affiliated with Y Combinator.”  Read more…

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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 …