Why did Apple fall down 24 places in an annual company reputation ranking?

Apple has fallen 24 places – from 5th to 29th – in the annual Reputation Quotient made by analytics company The Harris Poll.

The survey had 25,800 consumers in the US voice their opinion on which company they thought had the best reputation. For the second year in a row the winner is Amazon. The company seems to be getting more and more love each year, and the first place confirms it all. There’s something interesting though and it’s regarding Apple ranking. Last year the company was 5th, but has since fallen down 24 positions, getting the 29th place this year.
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The rapid rise and even faster fall of an HQ trivia champion


HQ trivia, the live game-show app that launched in July, is ridiculously hard to win, but contestant Allan Gibbons repeatedly finds a way.

Better known by his username “AllanG,” Gibbons is an HQ trivia celebrity, born from his knack for dominating the game show’s daily competitions. The 28-year-old radio DJ from Owen Sound, Canada has earned more than $870 from the nine games he’s won and has sat at the top of the all-time leaderboard for about two months.

Sure, maybe his winnings sound like chump change in comparison to the game’s jackpots that range from $500 to $10,000, but it’s been enough to earn him a position atop the leaderboard, and therefore, the envious eyes of the hundreds of thousands contestants who have spent time with the iPhone app over the last six months.  Read more…

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Samsung's global market share estimated to fall in 2018 for the first time ever (not including 2016)

Despite having strong momentum thanks to some big winners this year, Samsung is expected to lose some market share in 2018 according to Strategy Analytics. Thanks to 2017 models like the Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung Galaxy S8+ and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, the manufacturer will have an estimated 20.5% share of the smartphone market this year. But with Chinese manufacturers on the rise, Samsung’s global market share is forecast to drop to 19.2% next year. 

Samsung is being challenged on the high end by Apple, whose popular iPhone X costs $999 to $1,149. On the low-end, a large contingent …

Microsoft releases a list of handsets that will receive the Windows 10 Fall Creators update

The Windows 10 Mobile Fall Creators Update (Version 1709) is only being released to select Windows 10 Mobile powered handsets. Today, Microsoft disseminated a list of devices that are going to receive the update and conspicuous by absence are the Microsoft Lumia 640 and Microsoft Lumia 640 XL. These were launched in the middle of 2015, and now, it appears that Microsoft is no longer supporting the pair.

Remaining on the list to receive the update are some top shelf models like the HP Elite x3 (including versions for Verizon and Telstra), the Microsoft Lumia 950 and Microsoft Lumia 950 XL. …

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, …

Following customer backlash, Virgin Mobile will continue to sell Android phones until fall 2018

Virgin Mobile, Sprint’s pre-paid carrier, announced back in June that it will become an iPhone-only network operator. Thanks to a partnership with Apple, Virgin Mobile will start selling nothing but iPhones and debut a completely new plan – Inner Circle, which offers unlimited data for $50 a month.

To sweeten the deal, the pre-paid carrier announced two months later that it will start to offer a year of unlimited deal for $1 to all customers who activate their own iPhone and transfer the existing number to the Inner Circle plan.

Well, it appears that Virgin …

Since no one else will, I’m taking it upon myself to be the Scrooge of fall


Everyone’s favorite season is finally here. A time of perfect weather, vibrant leaves, and pumpkin spice lattes — I don’t know of anyone who doesn’t love fall. But, I won’t settle. 

For every favorite season, there must be a Scrooge to even out the playing field. Any takers? No? Well not to worry, I took one for the team and became the Scrooge of fall.

That’s right, I hate fall now. Fall sucks. I would rather be framed for murder than go pumpkin picking. The only thing worse than a pumpkin patch is World War II. Every time you say you need a light scarf, I automatically share a cruel fact about PETA. What’s that, you need a light scarf? Did you know that in 2011, out of 760 dogs impounded, PETA killed 713 and farmed out 36 to other shelters? Horrible.  Read more…

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Phone release calendar: fall 2017

ModelAnnouncement dateRelease dateSamsung Galaxy Note 8August 23rdSeptember 15thSamsung Gear S4 (Gear Sport)August 30thunknownLG V30August 31stunknownSony Xperia XZ1August 31stunknownApple iPhone 7s, 7s+
iPhone 8*September 6th*September 15thApple Watch Series 3*September 6thunknownMoto X4unknownunknownGoogle Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XLOctober 5thOctober 5thHuawei Mate 10October 16thunknown
*Date based on expectations, leaks and rumors.
As the last days of summer slowly, but surely fly away, we are approaching a busy season for phones: the fall of 2017. 
Fall …

BlackBerry KEYone screen gets torture-tested again: does it still fall off?

If you follow tech, you probably know of YouTuber JerryRigEverything. He has this elaborate torture test, which he runs every new smartphone through — scratches, bends, and burns — and reports on his results honestly and consistently.

Back in June, when the newest BlackBerry KEYone launched, the destructive vlogger ran it through his tests only to have the phone’s display pop out pretty easily in the bend section of the video. BlackBerry (or TCL) didn’t ignore the issue, however, and quickly acknowledged it, assuring customers that steps are being taken to improve …

Two weeks with the iPad Pro made me fall in love

Those who have followed my experiments in tech should know by now that I skew towards the Google life. Stock Android phones (mostly Nexus with one foray into the Moto X) have been my daily drivers since the Nexus One came out, I’ve had a string of Nexus tablets, and I’ve been a big proponent of Chromebooks as the perfect “good enough” computers for most people.

At least that last part stood true until I used the new iPad Pro 10.5 for the past two weeks. Now, I’m not so sure anymore.

I’ve attempted switching from Android to an iPhone a couple times (most …