First Samsung Galaxy J7 Duo render confirms front-facing LED flash

The latest reports about the unannounced Samsung Galaxy J7 Duo suggest the smartphone is almost ready for prime time. Since the South Korean giant has already uploaded the phone’s manual on its website, it’s just a matter of time until the Galaxy J7 Duo goes official.

Today, an image showing off the front part of the phone has just been leaked from China. The picture confirms some of the details that we already knew about, such as the front-facing LED flash and the home button meant to house the fingerprint sensor.

The Galaxy J7 Duo is surely one of Samsung’s unusual devices since …


Samsung Galaxy J7 Duo manual leaked out, confirms dual rear cameras, front-facing LED flash

Samsung Galaxy J7 is one of the many mid-range Android smartphones that are expected to make their debut on the market in the coming months. We’ve been reported in the last couple of weeks about various Galaxy J7 models that may have similar specs but different names, so many of you probably know about its existence already.

Today, another Galaxy J7 model appeared online, but this time the information comes directly from Samsung. The Galaxy J7 Duo manual that’s now available for download tells the story of a decent mid-range smartphone.

Apparently, the phone will include a dual-camera …

MediaTek's Q2 sales to be led by Helio P60 chipset

Chipmaker MediaTek is expected to have a strong second quarter thanks to its Helio P60 chipset. Manufacturers like Oppo, Vivo and Xiaomi are expected to use the chip to power some of their upcoming handsets. The Helio P60 chipset includes the NeuroPilot platform, which gives it the ability to offer certain AI features. And with MediaTek’s suppliers gearing up to produce components for the Helio P60, shipments to the three aforementioned manufacturers will begin next quarter.

Besides the Helio P60, MediaTek has been working hard on developing its next-gen chipsets with built-in AI support. …

The new Galaxy S9 Hyperknit case, and the LED Flip Wallet, are now available to order

Samsung’s official cases for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ have surfaced a few times already, but two of the styles that will be available for the phones are now up for ordering, and they include the brand new crocheted Hyperknit wrapper, along with the more orthodox LED Flip Wallet one. 
Besides the Hyperknit, a new model is the Protective Standing Cover, but this is not yet available to purchase. The Hyperknit case has a woven texture that is usually found in outfits made for those weekend warriors who are into sports. In fact, …

Apple led in worldwide shipments of tablets in Q4; Amazon finished second, surpassing Samsung

The Apple iPad was the most shipped tablet in the world during the fourth quarter of 2017. For the three months from October through December, Apple delivered 13.2 million slates; that was up .6% from the 13.1 million that it shipped during the same quarter in 2016. Apple owned 26.6% of the global tablet market during the last three months of 2017. Cupertino’s focus on the iPad Pro should continue this year. The next version of the high-end iPad is expected to be equipped with an edge-to-edge screen, similar to the iPhone X, and include the TrueDepth Camera and Face ID.

Usually you would …

Led by iPhone X, Apple's Q4 U.S. market share rises 17% over last year

The Apple iPhone X made its debut during the fourth quarter of 2017. The tenth anniversary model launched during the first week of November, which helped Apple’s U.S. market share rise sequentially by 10 percentage points during the last three months of the year. For the period, the iPhone saw its share of the stateside smartphone market rise to 39% from 29% during the third quarter. On a year-over-year basis, the iPhone’s Q4 market share was up 5 percentage points (17%) from the 34% it achieved in Q4 2016.

Apple had a seven percentage point lead over Samsung from October through the end …

Installing Android 8.1 has led to problems swiping on the Pixel 2/2 XL and certain Nexus models

Android 8.1 activated the Pixel Visual Core feature, enhancing the images taken with the already highly regarded cameras on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. And while the update also brought a security update with it, the new build created a little problem of its own. It was back on December 7th when the first thread appeared on the Google Support Forum describing an issue that was preventing some Pixel 2/2 XL and Nexus users from swiping up on the lock screen to enter their PIN code.

According to the threads that have been posted, it can take multiple attempts at swiping before the handset figures …

Nokia tallies strong feature phone sales in third quarter of 2017, led by iconic 3310

Research firm Counterpoint Research pulled out its trusty slide rule and computed that during the third quarter of 2017, which covered July through September, Nokia licensee HMD Global sold 2.8 million Nokia smartphones worldwide. During the same time frame, the company sold 13.5 million Nokia feature phones. For the quarter, Nokia placed 16th among smartphone manufacturers and third among those producing feature phones. Combined, Nokia was the eighth largest handset producer worldwide for Q3.

The 2.8 million smartphones that Nokia sold globally during the third quarter easily topped the …

Hollywood power players team up to fight sexual misconduct, led by Anita Hill

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A collection of some of the most powerful people in Hollywood have formed a commission to address issues of sexual harassment and gender inequality in the workplace, naming Anita Hill as its lead.

After the past few months saw dozens upon dozens of accusations of sexual misconduct against people in the entertainment industry and beyond, a group of executives from companies and organizations like Disney, Netflix, Paramount, and the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences formed the Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace, Variety reported Friday. Read more…

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Check out Apple's ever-rising bill of materials that led to a $999 iPhone X

The first teardown analysis of the iPhone X revealed that its parts amount to about $357.50 in total for Apple when buying in bulk, and afterwards IHS Markit came up with a very similar number – $370.25 – including the box contents, and costs of assembly. Now, Statista has made a chart demonstrating the ever-rising bills of materials for subsequent iPhone models with the introduction of new features and designs, which led to price increases for the end users, too, culminating with the $999 iPhone X.
The most expensive part in the newest iPhone is …