Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus accounted for 44% of U.S. iPhone sales in Q1; iPhone X demand drops

The latest report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) indicates that in the U.S. the Apple iPhone X is struggling to capture sales, while the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus have been picking up momentum. In the states, those three models made up 60% of iPhone sales during the calendar first quarter of 2018. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus were responsible for 23% and 21% of Q1 sales, respectively. The combined 44% share of the two models is up from the 41% they had together in Q4 2017. The iPhone X accounted for 16% of iPhone sales in this year’s first quarter, down from the 20% of sales …

Samsung Store drops prices on carrier Galaxy S9/S9+ to unlocked levels, cuts more off AT&T models

The online Samsung Store today has given U.S. consumers a reason not to buy the Samsung Galaxy S9 or Samsung Galaxy S9+ from their wireless providers. Sammy has lowered the price of carrier branded variants of its 2018 flagship phones to match the price of the U.S. unlocked versions. Since Verizon and AT&T each tacked on approximately $80 to the price of the Galaxy S9, and $90 to the price of the Galaxy S9+, this represents a small but much appreciated savings.

So the new pricing from the Samsung Store has the Galaxy S9 (U.S. carrier or U.S. unlocked) available for $719.99, and the Galaxy …

Hearthstone's newest expansion The Witchwood drops on Android and iOS on April 12

Blizzard has just announced that Hearthstone’s next expansion called The Witchwood will be released on April 12. The new expansion will be launched on all platforms at the same time, but depending on the region you might be able to log in and play earlier.

In order to smooth out the transition to the new meta, for a limited time after The Witchwood arrives, players who log in will be given three card packs and a random Class legendary card – both from the expansion – for free.

On top of that, players who pre-purchase The Witchwood before the expansion launches will receive a special …

The Elders Scrolls: Legends major expansion Houses of Morrowind drops on March 29

Bethesda is bringing a new set of cards to its Elder Scrolls game later this month. The new expansion called Houses of Morrowind is the biggest since the release of Heroes of Skyrim last year.

Houses of Morrowind will hit Android, iOS, and PC on March 29. The expansion contains no less than 149 cards featuring iconic creatures and characters from both The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind and The Elder Scrolls: Online.

Many of the cards included in the expansion like Dagoth Ur – the Lord High Councilor to House Dagoth, the main antagonist of The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, can be played …

Elon Musk drops epic Falcon Heavy launch trailers made by 'Westworld' co-creator


Attendees of the the Westworld panel at SXSW got a surprise visit from Elon Musk.

The Tesla and SpaceX CEO used the panel to not only inspire a new generation on space exploration, but also drop two epic highlight reels of the Falcon Heavy rocket launch that carried Starman riding in a Tesla Roadster into deep space.

“Life cannot just be about solving one miserable problem after another,” Musk said. “That cannot be the only thing. There need to be things that inspire you, that make you glad to wake up in the morning and be part of humanity.” Read more…

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Amazon drops lock screen ads from its Prime Exclusive phones starting tomorrow

Consumers looking for a deal on a smartphone have been able to save anywhere from $25 to $100 off the retail price by buying them from Amazon, as long as they didn’t mind being forced to watch lock screen ads. Starting tomorrow, February 7th, Amazon is no longer forcing these ads on Prime Exclusive buyers. And those who already own a Prime Exclusive model will receive a software update that removes the ads from their phones. While the ads are gone, new Prime Exclusive models will still come with pre-installed apps from Amazon.

Future Amazon Prime Exclusive handsets will be available only …

Save 20% on accessories that protect your Apple iPhone X from drops, falls and scratches

If you own an Apple iPhone X, you have made a pretty steep investment on one of the best smartphones available. So you might want to consider protecting your device with a case that can stand up to drops, bumps and other impacts that can damage the handset. Romoss’ Mr. Lei division is offering a protective hard case for the Apple iPhone X that passes U.S. military standards (MIL-STD-810G). This product offers protection from drops as high as 7.9 feet, and has been tested against impacts from 26 different angles.

Amazon is offering the case for $12.99, but if you use the coupon code IP10PHAR, …

Verizon follows AT&T's move, drops plans to sell the Huawei Mate 10 Pro

Wireless network provider Verizon is not going to sell the upcoming Huawei Mate 10 Pro. This unexpected decision has to do with the U.S. government, according to people familiar with the matter.

Earlier this month, AT&T abandoned plans to offer the Huawei Mate 10 Pro to subscribers after members of the congress, with the help of federal regulators, stood against it. Verizon has been going through the same thing, after dropping plans to sell the Chinese flagship to the U.S. audience. That means only channel left for Huawei to distribute its newest device is …

Maze celebrates 2018 with price drops: the Maze Alpha X is an even better bargain now

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Maze is still a fairly young brand in the smartphone world, but the manufacturer came out swinging. Its first entry was the Alpha — a bezel-less phone (with a chin), which came out just as the new trend was picking up, and before most manufacturers caught up. Five months later, the company refined the design by upgrading it with the new 1:2 display aspect ratio …

Convicted drug smuggler Schapelle Corby drops dance track and well, it's terrible


Convicted Australian drug smuggler Schapelle Corby spent 13 years in Bali after being found guilty of bringing, oh, 4.2 kilograms of marijuana into Indonesia.

And now, she’s dropped a dance single.

The 40-year-old Queensland local posted the joke song, dubbed “Palm Trees,” on Instagram on Monday. She’s teamed up with music producer Nat Zeleny for the track, on which Corby provides chorus vocals.

The video currently has 58.5K views, for some reason. Unsurprisingly not available on Spotify, iTunes or Apple Music, “Palm Trees” is the dumb summer track you wish you’d never heard. Read more…

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