Qualcomm reportedly delays Snapdragon 836 chipset until early 2018


New rumors concerning Qualcomm’s upcoming lineup of SoCs continue to surface. Shortly after a report claiming the US chipset maker has no plans to launch a Snapdragon 836 processor this year made headlines, new information about Qualcomm’s portfolio leaked out.
Although Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 836 processor was supposed to power the forthcoming Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL that are expected to hit the shelves later this fall, it turns out the Google’s flagships will have to do with the current Snapdragon 835 SoC (system-on-chip).
According to Evan Blass, Qualcomm did promise Google that a Snapdragon …


MediaTek's Helio P40 chipset on track for Q1 2018 release, Meizu to be among early adopters

MediaTek announced two new chipsets last month, the Helio P23 and P30, which will be commercially available in Q4 2017. Starting next year, the Taiwanese company is expected to up its offerings with the first chipset built on the 12nm manufacturing process.

A new report coming out from China claims Meizu will be among the first companies to adopt MediaTek’s new Helio P40 chipset, which will be introduced in early 2018. 

The Helio P40 chip will be based on TSMC’s 12nm process and will feature an eight-core architecture. …

YotaPhone 3 goes official with mid-range specs, pre-orders start in early September for $360

The sequel to the YotaPhone 2 was mysteriously introduced back in June at the China-Russia exhibition in Harbin, but the company behind the device was pretty vague about its specs and availability.

Today, the dual-screen YotaPhone 3 was formally introduced in China where the phone will be available for $360 and $460, respectively. Chinese retailer JD.com will start taking pre-orders for the smartphone on September 5, whereas the YotaPhone 3 will hit the shelves on September 18.

The YotaPhone 3 has been confirmed to pack an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 …

White supremacist rally ends early in Boston as counter-protesters show up in huge numbers

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A few dozen attendees showed up for Saturday’s planned “free speech” rally in Boston. But counter-protesters showed up in the thousands.

Per local news reports, over 10,000 people gathered at Boston Commons to protest the right-wing gathering, which quickly fell apart after it became clear the planned speaking schedule would not come to fruition. 

In fact, police were seen taking down rally flags and decor before 1 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. (The rally was scheduled for 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.) Whoops!

At around the same time, Twitter was flooded with images from the counter-protest. In one clip, crowds can be heard chanting “Not in Boston” — a reference to last week’s violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. Read more…

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European carrier confirms 3G Nokia 3310 arrives in late September or early October

There have been a couple of reports claiming HMD plans to launch a 3G version of the Nokia 3310, the feature phone that made its debut at MWC 2017 early this year, but nothing official transpired until recently.

It appears that an Irish carrier has just confirmed that it will offer the 3G Nokia 3310 starting later this year. The feature phone should be available at Three Ireland in late September or early October, but info about its price tag has yet to emerge.

Last month, a 3G version of the Nokia 3310 (model number TA-1036) was spotted at FCC (Federal Communications …

Best new Android and iPhone apps (early August, 2017)

A new week begins and a dive into the app stores we take, sifting through the hundreds of new apps, looking for the precious few that deserve our attention.

This week around, we managed to fish out a couple of cool photography apps, Kevin Hart’s new official app, a couple of cool toys for musicians, a Twitter messenger in beta, and some more cool stuff. Check them out below and, as always, if we managed to miss a cool app or two — shout them out in the comments!

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Best new Android and iPhone games (early August 2017)

Looking for your weekly doze of gaming adrenaline? Look no further as we slice and dice, and look in the depths of Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store to hunt and gather the best new games on mobile.

Expect no restrictions to genre: from RPG to strategy, to shooters and puzzlers, sports games and all else. Everything as long as it’s fun, well made and not choke full of ads.

With no further ado, here are our favorite new Android and iPhone games in the beginning of August 2017.

Best new icon packs for Android (early August 2017)

Got a custom launcher? If the answer to that question is “yes”, then you’re also probably dabbling with custom icon packs as well. Depending on your tastes, these will either greatly improve the looks of your interface or create a despicable mess of unsightly elements that mar your home screen.

As we want to help you avoid the latter scenario at all costs, we always strive to provide you with the best new icon packs that hit the Play Store on a regular basis. Here’s a bunch of cool new ones that arrived on the store in the past few weeks or so.

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Sprint intros free early upgrades for any leased phone, not just iPhones and Galaxies

Sprint just announced that it is giving some love to its subscribers who aren’t participating in the Apple-Samsung duopoly kabuki. The carrier will be extending its phone leasing offers to all handsets in its roster, not only iPhones and Galaxy S line devices. 

This will open up more frequent upgrades to all Sprint phone users, as they will be able to lease any handset with the ability to upgrade from it after one year, just like they could do with, say, the iPhone 7 or Galaxy S7. So far, this option was also available for other phones, but did cost $5/month extra, and now …

The Rock tells us what he told early doubters in Instagram video for 'The Defiant Ones'

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The Rock might seem like an obvious Hollywood action hero success story now, but even he had moments when the world doubted him, and he shares some of that struggle in a brief Instagram video he posted on Sunday. 

But The Rock isn’t alone, also appearing in the video are NFL star Cam Newton, NBA champion Kevin Durant, and Mashable’s own founder Pete Cashmore, among others. 

They all tell brief parts of their stories of defying the odds to achieve success in a promotional video for the four-part HBO docu-series called The Defiant Ones. When it comes to The Rock, when he met doubt about his prospects in Hollywood, sports, and pro wrestling, he simply said, “Fuck that.” (Remember that steely resolve the next time you see him flash that warm, mainstream-friendly smile.)  Read more…

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