WSJ: it's back to Samsung for Apple, as LG struggles with a 6.5" iPhone display

Apple is having a traumatic experience with the rumored 6.5″ iPhone Xs Plus displays, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing “people familiar with the matter.” The thing is, Apple is expecting for its most expensive 2018 phone to be a somewhat niche device that will represent only 20% of the new iPhones’ production this year, so Apple thought it could go to LG to supply its large flexible OLED panel, and diversify a bit from Samsung’s near-monopoly panel pricing.

LG, however, has reportedly hit production hiccups, and Apple has taken the rare step to make it come up with a third …

OnePlus confirms it's teaming up with Marvel for the Avengers-themed OnePlus 6

OnePlus fans who love the Marvel universe were probably super hyped to learn that their favorite smartphone may be specifically customized with an Avengers: Infinity War theme. OnePlus India inadvertently published a teaser that suggests an Avengers-themed OnePlus 6 could be launched later this month.

Today, in a statement obtained by AndroidCentral, OnePlus confirms it’s teaming up with Marvel for the release of the OnePlus 6 Avengers: Infinity War limited edition smartphone. The device will make its debut in India and it’s yet unclear whether or not it will be introduced in other markets …

Marvel Strike Force launches on Android and iOS, it's free-to-play

Have you ever dreamed of teaming up some of the most famous heroes and villains of the Marvel universe together, like Spider-Man and the Green Goblin? This combination and many more are now available in the newest free-to-play action game – Marvel Strike Force.
The game allows you to gather a team of superheroes and villains to battle your foes and ultimately – save the world from the impending danger. You can level up your heroes, making them stronger in the process. Marvel Strike Force features a turn-based combat, high-quality graphics …

Watch Blue Ivy bid $19,000 on art like it's nothing


When you’re the six year-old daughter of two moguls, sometimes your weekly allowance gives you the opportunity to bid a couple bucks on artwork from time to time.

Or $19,000, to be exact. 

Blue Ivy Carter made an appearance with her parents Jay-Z and Beyoncé on Saturday night at the  2018 WACO Wearable Art gala, a fundraiser to support Tina and Richard Lawson’s Where Art Can Occur (WACO) Theater Center. 

It was a star-studded event, but Blue is the one who stole the show when she made it clear she was ready to take something home, no matter the price tag. 

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It's happening, Samboys! Galaxy Note 9 trademark application filed up… in Columbia

Samsung has applied for a “Galaxy Note 9” trademark… in Columbia, together with trademarks of all of its recent smartphones there. The date stamp on the filing says March 12, and, while we are still a few months away from the actual announcement, this is the first tangible proof that a Note 9 is coming, straight from the horse’s mouth.

From Columbia to the USPTO it’s only a stone throw away, but when Samsung files on US soil, we will know that the unveiling is imminent, and will inform you accordingly. As a reminder, the Note 9 is expected to sport the 6.3″ display of the Note …

Samsung sets a decent sales target for the S9, but it's LG that will take Q1

While there are reports that the initial S9 and S9+ orders are lower than those of their predecessors at about launch time, Samsung actually never said they will sell more. The 43 million sales target it had set for its newest flagships is a far cry from the 60 million that it forecast for the Galaxy S8 and S8+, so saying that the initial orders are 30% lower than last year’s high-ends, is like saying that everything goes according to Samsung’s plan.

Granted, it shipped less S8 handsets than the forecast last year, but it is obviously not expecting wonders …

Zoos are rating animals online and it's too good


Zoos are giving animals Amazon-esque species ratings, and it’s honestly kind of great.

The trend started Friday with the Oregon Zoo in a tweet hashtagged #rateaspecies. Other animal conservancies got in on the fun – including aquariums – providing informative ratings for people looking to, er, buy the products.

Overall very good first impressions. Sturdy built, totally winter-ready and waterproof. Only comes in brown but that’s actually a plus for me#rateaspecies

— Oregon Zoo (@OregonZoo) March 9, 2018 Read more…

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People are sharing their favourite Pokémon memories and it's a total nostalgia fest


If you were the kind of recklessly uncool child that I was, you’ll have spent at least 90% of your youth furiously trying to complete your Pokémon collection.

Hey, maybe you still are. There’s no shame in it.

Anyway, what good is a childhood spent making friends with make-believe creatures if you can’t at least get nostalgic about it once in a while?

On Tuesday (aka Pokémon Day), Nintendo invited everyone to do exactly that.

Happy #PokemonDay! Pokémon Red Version & Pokémon Blue Version launched in Japan today, way back in 1996! To celebrate, we’re asking everyone to share your favorite moment from the Pokémon video game series. Let us know by using #PokemonDay & we may RT you!

— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) February 27, 2018 Read more…

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Rihanna walks like she's immortal and it's freaking people out


Only one thing is for certain in this world: there is very little Rihanna cannot do. 

The Barbados native is an international superstar who still manages to juggle a cosmetics brand, fashion line, and a charitable foundation. Oh—and she can defy the laws of nature and somehow walk gracefully on sidewalk-grates in the tallest of high heels and never fall.

never forget

— priya (@priya_ebooks) March 2, 2018

Twitter user @priya_ebooks reminded us all of the fact that over the years, the world has been blessed to witness Rihanna shatter walking expectations of mere mortals. Time and time again, she’s managed to cross those pesky grates with the elegance and swagger of, well, Rihanna.  Read more…

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