Don't count on finding an Apple iPhone X to buy when it launches November 3rd

While pre-orders for the Apple iPhone X will start a week from today, a new report sent out to clients on Friday by KGI Securities doesn’t bode well for those who expected to have the premium tenth anniversary model in their hands on launch day. The report says that Apple has had trouble receiving several components for the iPhone X, including the wide-angle camera, the Infrared dot projector which computes depth, and the antenna.

Highly regarded Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who works for KGI, says that the biggest problem facing Apple is the printed circuit board used with the iPhone X antenna …


Don't fall for fake iPhone giveaways or you might end up a victim of identity theft

It is tempting. You’re checking out your favorite social media site and you see a contest giving away a number of free Apple iPhone X models. All you need to do to enter is fill in the blanks to type in your name, email address, street address and the city where you live. And even though every fiber of common sense in your body is telling you that this so-called contest must be a scam, well, it is an iPhone X after all. So you enter the contest and hope that you will win.

The problem is that the information you provided can be used to open fraudulent accounts in your name. And by the way, …

Don't you worry, Huawei Mate 10 will come with Android 8.0 Oreo

Huawei continues to tease information about its flagship and the next thing the Chinese company has decided to talk about is the OS that comes pre-installed on the Mate 10. Just like its predecessor, the Mate 10 will be Huawei’s first smartphone to ship with Android 8.0 Oreo on board.

Its bigger brother, the Mate 10 Pro is likely to run the same version of Android, but we’re not so sure about the Mate 10 Lite. The smartphone was already introduced in Asia under different names, but Oreo is not something that’s listed among the technical specifications.

If …

Never mind Netflix: the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus don't have HDR displays, the iPhone X does

While the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are now in the official list of Netflix-certified phones that can display its HDR10 and Dolby Vision content, you won’t be getting the real HDR experience, as the standard’s requirements are only covered in full by the upcoming iPhone X. Not that Apple has been claiming otherwise, as it does list just the iPhone X as fully HDR-compliant in its own specs comparison table with the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.

So, why did Netflix list the two new iPhones in its mobile HDR roster? Well, the same reason that the G6 popped up as …

Don't worry, Android Wear is alive – here's why Google dropped it from its store

Yesterday, we reported that Google has dropped all Android Wear devices altogether closed the Android Wear section from its online store, which was quickly deemed this as the illogical and rather untimely death of El Goog’s smartwatch platform. 
Thankfully, its seems that this is not the case. Hoi Lam, a Google expert for all things Android Wear-related, stated on Twitter that the wearable platform isn’t going the way of the dinosaurs – it’s just getting moved elsewhere. It seems that a recent change in the Google Store policy has the latter only stocking …

Check out Apple's new ad for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, but don't miss the fine print

Apple’s latest ad for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus is interesting if you keep your eyes on the fine print at the bottom of the screen. For example, the commercial shows the new 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch versions of the iPhone getting splashed by water. In fine print on the bottom of the screen, Apple reminds you that liquid damage is not covered under the warranty for either phone. We also get to see the two handsets charging wirelessly on an AirPower mat. And while any wireless charger using the Qi platform will currently work, the ad tells us that the AirPower mat and software will be available …

Charlottesville really happened. Don't look away.

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The eyes of the nation — and the world — turned to Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday after a “Unite the Right” white supremacist rally descended into chaos.

The rally brought together the members of various white nationalist hate groups, including neo-Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan, and their smaller sub-factions. They were greeted by an army of protesters who were there to demonstrate that hateful ideologies aren’t welcome in public spaces.

The gathering quickly turned violent as hate groups and protesters clashed, an outcome that was foreshadowed on Friday night when a mob of torch-bearing racists converged on the University of Virginia campus. Read more…

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The Galaxy S8 is getting upgraded to Android 7.1 soon, but don't get too excited

Ever since the Galaxy S8’s release, Samsung’s been getting a lot of flak for not shipping it with the then-latest version of Android, 7.1.1 Nougat. How dare Samsung deprive users of valuable features, such as… new emoji? Or launcher actions for the Pixel Launcher? And maybe even Gboard GIF support? On second thought, these are both not such big improvements, and also don’t really apply to the S8, as Samsung uses its own emoji, keyboard, and launcher on the device.

In any case, the Galaxy S8 and S8 + will be getting the bump to Android 7.1 fairly soon, …

Stop telling people not to worry about mosquito bites if you don't get mosquito bites

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If you’ve ever been a victim of mosquitoes — and I don’t mean one or two bites, I mean chronic, consistent biting and suffering — one of the hardest parts of the experience is simply getting someone to believe your story.

They look at you like you’re a bratty kid when you ask to eat dinner inside, rather than on their mosquito-infested shitty urban “terrace.” They DEET-shame you every time bust out the Deep Woods bug spray and then force their homemade Eucalyptus essential oil on you. 

They don’t get why you’re afraid of lakes at dusk or beaches near the equator or the entire state of Maine.  Read more…

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Don't blame us if you're drooling after watching this official new product video for the LG Q6

LG released a new product video today for its latest new smartphone, the mid-range LG Q6. The phone, originally thought of as a mini version of the LG G6 flagship, does feature a 5.5-inch FullVision display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. Depending on the version you select, the phone could feature 4GB RAM and 64GB of native storage (LG Q6+), 3GB of RAM with 32GB of internal storage (LG Q6), or 2GB of RAM and 16GB of native storage (LG Q6α).

The video details some of the features available for the phone, including the sturdy frame made from series 7000 aluminum. This is the same material …