iOS 11 drag and drop hacked to work on the iPhone as it does on the iPad

While previewing iOS 11 on our iPhone 7 Plus, we found a useful-looking drag-and-drop feature in Files, the new file managing app. It’s presence is noteworthy because watching Apple’s presentation at WWDC 2017 left us with the impression that the feature works only on iPads. Another curious fact – a global drag and drop function is also supported on iPhones running the iOS 11 developer preview. We just can’t use it because it’s locked.

This is what an iOS developer, Steven Troughton-Smith, recently found. He has discovered a way to activate drag and …


Why do you watch drop tests?

Ah, drop tests. The bane of all smartphones — if you are fresh out the production line, you will be flipped, tossed, and dropped on concrete. Every side, every angle, until you crack. What started as a few informative online videos, recorded by YouTubers who were crazy enough to throw money down the drain has now turned into a style of videos that is all over.

And a simple drop test is now mostly a boring ordeal. You have blender tests, liquid nitrogen, sniper shot tests, and who knows what else. Obviously, no longer an evaluation of modern phone’s sturdiness, these are mostly meant as entertainment …

Report: Qualcomm will drop Samsung and partner with TSMC on 7nm chips

At the moment, Qualcomm uses Samsung as its partner to help turn its mobile chip designs into real life components. But a report out of Korea that was released today suggests that once Qualcomm is ready for the production of chips using the 7nm process, Samsung will be dropped in favor of TSMC. There is talk that ever since the second half of last year, Qualcomm has been designing 7nm Snapdragon chips using tools provided by TSMC.

Qualcomm relied on Samsung’s production expertise to produce the Snapdragon 820 and Snapdragon 821 chipsets using the 14nm process. This year’s Snapdragon 835 …

Samsung Galaxy S8 vs LG G6 drop test: which is tougher?

Perhaps I should start this post with a warning: the video above may be painful to watch. And no, that’s not only because I clearly lack the charm and acting skills of Antonio Banderas. It’s because it shows how we break – on purpose – two of the top Android smartphones on the market, namely the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the LG G6. Yet that’s what it takes to get an idea of how much physical abuse they can take.
But maybe there’s no need for a “Spolier Alert!” notice before saying that both the Galaxy S8 and the LG G6 break by the end …

HTC U 11 arrives at GFXBench, stays long enough to drop off latest specs

With the HTC U 11 expected to be unveiled on May 16th, we already have an idea of what to expect from the phone specs-wise. Of course, it is always interesting to see what specs pop up on the benchmark sites. The HTC U 11 already appeared on Geekbench at the end of last month; exactly a month before that, it was featured on AnTuTu. Today, HTC’s next flagship phone surfaced on GFXBench.

According to GFXBench, the HTC U 11 will feature a 5.5-inch display with a 1440 x 2560 resolution (QHD). Under the hood is the Snapdragon 835 chipset carrying an octa-core 2.4GHz CPU, and the Adreno 540 GPU. …

Glass back goes crack: SquareTrade drop tests the Galaxy S8 and S8+ breakability score

Ever since we saw the glass sandwich design of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ on all the leaks and renders, we couldn’t stop wondering whether the phone will be clad in the latest Gorilla Glass 5, like the Note 7, and when Samsung confirmed it in the press release for both the front and the rear, there was a collective sigh of relief.

Corning, the makers of this toughened glass, is actually promising shoulder-height drop survival rates of up to 80% with Gorilla Glass 5 (it was waist-height with its predecessor Gorilla Glass 4), but before we see the Galaxy …

Verizon reports a drop in postpaid phone subscribers for the first quarter of 2017

Verizon released its first quarter earnings report today. The nation’s largest carrier had revenue from January through March of $20.9 billion, which was 5.1% lower than what Big Red grossed a year earlier. Verizon blamed the decline on a drop in revenue received from overages, the cost of promoting the business, and a decline in the number of postpaid customers. Of the 307,000 postpaid customers that left the carrier during the three month period, 289,000 were phone-related customers which is the holy grail of the industry. Still, postpaid phone churn came in under .90% for the eighth consecutive …

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 to drop next week with 6.44-inch display, 5000mAh battery and more

During the latter stages of 2016, Xiaomi rolled out a slew of high-end smartphones. From the Mi Note 2 to the much-vaunted Mi MIX, the wave of new handsets demonstrated the Chinese firm’s willingness to challenge the industry’s front-runners. Then in February, we heard about a Mi Max 2 with a generous 6 gigs of RAM and an even more abundant 6.44-inch display. Now, it appears the device could be just a week away from its grand unveiling. 
As those interested in Xiaomi’s releases will probably know, the new Mi 6 is expected to be showcased on April 19th, exactly …