29.1 million Americans don't make purchases on their smartphones for some reason

VentureBeat turned up some interesting stats on smartphones’ relevancy to online shopping. Although $140 billion worth of sales were entirely made on smartphones in 2016, a significant count of American consumers – 29.1 million, to be exact, are yet to jump the gun and order something online completely through their mobile phone.

There’s still hope for these millions of people, however. Their numbers have been coming down over the last six months, while the number of mobile shoppers has been steadily increasing. About 60% of US consumers carried out a purchase through …


Don't buy the iPhone 7 – if you are an American in Turkey!

Nice things don’t always have to cost much money, but they usually do. The iPhone 7 is no exception – it’s an expensive handset, but one you enjoy having. And if the price you paid for it gets put in perspective against what people in some other countries are paying, you might enjoy it an extra bit more!

Deutsche Bank pinpointed Turkey as the place where you’ll have to plunk down the equivalent of $1210 US dollars to buy a 128GB iPhone 7. Suddenly, $815 for the same model in the US seems like a fair deal, no? Unfortunately, the price in Turkey is driven by factors …

Don't feel like a 200-page manual? With this short Galaxy S8 video tutorial, Samsung covers all the basics

The Galaxy S8 and S8+ have been finding their way in their rightful owners’ hands here in the US for a week already, and Samsung felt that now is the time to release a short video tutorial on what the phones are, and how to engage with them on a daily basis. Nothing groundbreaking, but it’s clean, concise, and in the trendy sharing format with subtitles, so you don’t even have to put your headphones on to learn about your Galaxy S8 without reading the 200-page manual.

Despite comments from Verizon CEO McAdam, analysts don't see Big Red buying Disney or CBS

Ready to play a new game? It’s called “Who is going to merge with Verizon?” Here’s how you play. Take the following sentence, “Verizon is going to merge with _____________. Fill in the blank with the name of a well known company. Use your common sense and stick to wireless content providers and distributors, large media firms and communications companies. Be smart. Verizon isn’t going to buy Dairy Queen. Some of the names that Wall Street has bandied about recently include Disney, Comcast, Charter and CBS.

Last week, Verizon announced that it lost 289,000 postpaid phone subscribers …

Sprint to position pre-paid service as an alternative for consumers who don't need unlimited data

Sprint has made things quite easy for consumers. $50 a month gets you a single line of unlimited talk, text and data. The plan also comes with 10GB per month of mobile hot spot data. Streaming video arrives at a resolution as high as 1080p, music is streamed at 1.5Mbps and games are streamed at 8Mbps. Sprint customers no longer have tiers to choose from with different data buckets, and the nation’s fourth largest carrier eliminated its plan that takes 50% off the rates charged by Verizon, AT&T, or T-Mobile.

While Sprint’s new pricing obviously appeals to those who need unlimited data, …

Netflix: sorry, our UHD streams don't support the Galaxy S8 or LG G6 HDR displays for now

As you can see in our chat with Netflix reps below, only devices that are certified as being able to display its streaming UHD content can show it in its full glory. Both the Galaxy S8 and LG G6 aren’t among those just yet, despite being tagged with “Mobile HDR Premium” and “Dolby Vision” displays, respectively. Thankfully, Netflix is said to be working on mobile-first streaming, so we hope that these two flagships’ HDR abilities will be in the mix, along with more coming down the pipe, like Sony’s Xperia XZ Premium, which actually has a 4K display, and is HDR compliant …

Stephen Hawking has a message for Trump: Don't ignore climate change

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The UK’s most renowned theoretical physicist and cosmologist is still using his exceptional mind to map a theory of how the universe works. But when it comes to matters here on Earth, Stephen Hawking is just as concerned about President Trump’s science policies as anyone. 

During a recent interview with Good Morning Britain, set to air Monday, Hawking bluntly laid out his views on U.S. administration’s science policies. 

“Climate change is one of the great dangers we face, and it’s one we can prevent,” said Hawking, according to the Guardian. “It affects America badly, so tackling it should win votes for his [Trump’s] second term. God forbid.” Read more…

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How to scale the LG G6 display for apps and games that don't fit in 18:9

LG got none other but the inventor of the 2:1 format on stage during the G6 unveiling to explain why it comes with a screen in the unorthodox 18:9 aspect ratio. When LG announced this brand new 5.7″ display panel with 1440 x 2880 pixels resolution, we thought “Oh, that’s just LG being LG, they are always doing something with modular phones or extra ticker screens like on the V-series, so that might be it.”

It turned out that LG had a deeper meaning when it crafted a 2:1 Dolby Vision-certified display for the G6. This standard is called Univisium, and is not widespread …