Samsung's Galaxy Note 9 could become official in late July according to report

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 could make its official debut in late July. Despite the Samsung Galaxy S9 series recently reaching the 1 million sales milestone in South Korea, shipments are reportedly lagging behind Samsung’s initial expectations. Because of this, one new report claims the smartphone giant will bring forward the launch of the Galaxy Note 9.

In actual fact, the new information claims Samsung will be officially unveiling the Galaxy Note 9 one month earlier than usual, towards the end of July, with sales of its next flagship reportedly beginning mid-August. This decision will ultimately …


Google's first Smart Displays are going on sale in July

The first of Google’s Smart Displays will be available to buy starting this summer. After announcing the new product platform at CES 2018, the company remained pretty quiet in terms of an eventual release date. At the company’s annual Google I/O event, however, the internet giant has finally confirmed that its first lineup of products will be available to purchase starting July.

The devices in question are set to put a huge focus on their Google Assistant integration, akin to Amazon’s focus on Alexa with the Echo Show. Also, in addition to the benefits the virtual assistant brings to the …

Apple to shut down Texture's Windows app in July; Android, iOS apps to continue running

Windows users who enjoy reading magazines online through the Texture app on their PC, will have to consider purchasing an iOS, Android or Amazon Fire HD tablet to keep up with their reading. That’s because Apple, which purchased Texture for an undisclosed amount in March, plans on shutting down the Microsoft Store based Windows app in July. Texture charges $9.99 a month for access to 200 digital versions of popular magazines. It has earned the nickname the “Netflix of magazines.”

After Apple purchased Texture, there was talk about the company absorbing Texture into Apple News to create a …

Tablet sales drop for the 12th consecutive quarter from July through September


Shipments of tablets declined 5.4% in the third quarter on a year-over-year basis, according to the latest data from IDC. That marks the 12th consecutive quarter of declining shipments for the sector. 40 million units were shipped during the three months that ended on the last day of September. That compares with the 42.3 million slates that were delivered during the third quarter of 2016.

Leading the way with 10.3 million iPad tablets shipped in the quarter, was Apple. The 11.4% year-over-year gain in shipments helped Apple increase its market share in the tablet industry from 21.9% …

Samsung pushes out July security update to Galaxy S5

A new update has started rolling out for Samsung’s 2014 flagship – the Galaxy S5. The patch contains the Android security update for the month of July and should bump the build number of the S5 to G900FXXU1CQG1.

While Samsung probably won’t dish out any significant Android updates to this phone as it’s more than 2 years old, it’s nice to see that the company at least provides security updates on a semi-regular basis. The last time the S5 got patched was in April when it received the security update for the month of March. 

The update is currently …

Motorola's July 25th Event: Say hello to the Moto Z2 Force! New Moto Mod as well!

Today is the (ongoing) launch event for the Moto Z2 Force.
The Z2 was accompanied by the unveiling of two more Moto Mods, as well: the 360
Camera Mod which launched today, and the Moto Gamepad, which is said to launch later
this summer. Motorola’s also throwing a full-blown launch party for the Z2
Force later today, but in the mean time we figured we’d break you off with a little
preview of the two products launched today.

 

Ta-da! Here it is, the Moto Z2 Force, in all its
unbreakable* glory.

*The Z2 Force is said to be unbreakable from drops as high
as five …

Official: Samsung to launch unlocked Galaxy J3 and J7 in the US on July 28

The inexpensive Samsung Galaxy J3 and J7 are already available in the United States, but you can only get them from various carriers in the country. Both devices made their debut on the market recently, but they are sold under different names, which might confuse consumers.

For whatever reason, Samsung has decided to offer customers the option to purchase either of the two budget-friendly smartphones from just about any major retailer in the country. The South Korean company announced that unlocked versions of the Samsung Galaxy J3 and J7 would be available for …

First Xiaomi Mi 5X video teaser released ahead of July 26 official reveal

Xiaomi’s next Android smartphone is not going to be a flagship, as the Chinese company readies a mid-range product that will be announced on July 26. More importantly, the upcoming Xiaomi Mi 5X will probably be among the cheapest smartphones to feature a dual-camera setup.

With less than 48 hours until the official reveal of the Mi 5X, Xiaomi published the first video that highlights some of the most important features of the mid-range smartphone. The 15-second video offers a glimpse at the phone’s dual-camera and overall design.

Aside from the fact that …

Best new Android and iPhone apps (late July, 2017)

A new week starts and what better way to celebrate it than freshen up that ole phone of yours with some new apps, straight out of the oven? Yeah both the Play Store and the App Store get hundreds of new pieces of software poured into them on a weekly basis, so it may be a tough job to forage through them, but don’t worry, we do that on your behalf.

This week around, we’ve got a couple of cool utility apps, some awesome tools for iOS musicians, Google’s Motion Stills finally arriving to Android, and some more cool stuff. Check them out!

New for iOS

New …

The Rock stars with Siri in new iTunes movie that launches July 24th

In his career as a movie star, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson never worked with a co-star as unique as the one he acts with in a new iTunes movie that debuts tomorrow, July 24th. The film is called The Rock x Siri, and yes that is Apple’s voice activated personal assistant sharing top billing with one of the world’s biggest movie stars. Johnson disseminated a tweet earlier today in which he called the picture the “biggest, coolest, sexiest, funnest (is that a word?) movie ever.”

This year has become the year of the personal assistant as Amazon’s Alexa has come out of obscurity to become one …