Qualcomm and Broadcom to meet on Valentine's Day to talk marriage

Qualcomm has told Broadcom that it has rejected its “best and final offer” of $121 billion because of several factors. One is valuation. Qualcomm believes that it is worth more than a cash and stock bid of $82 a share. In addition, Qualcomm has stated that if a deal is agreed to and government regulators refuse to clear it, the company will be “enormously and irreparably damaged.” As a result, the company wants to have a break-up fee in place that is higher than the usual 3%-4% of the transaction’s value. Broadcom has reportedly agreed to an $8 billion fee, which is 6% of the deal’s value.

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Zero tapping, playlist scrolling – meet the new free Spotify Stations app

Spotify has released an offshoot app on the hush-hush, dedicated entirely to free listening to playlists. Called simply Stations, the app is for now only downloadable in Australia, and is an experiment of sorts for Spotify, as the music streaming service calls it “the easiest way to listen to the music you love.”

The whole point is to make listening as fast and accessible as possible, as Stations starts running as soon as you turn it on, and then the playlists are shown in a big, bold font, easy to tap on while driving jogging, for instance. There’s no search and typing …

Meet "Steve Jobs", the Italian clothing company

“Steve Jobs” is now a… legally-owned trademark of an Italian fashion business, which intends to use the iconic name of Apple’s late co-founder and CEO as a front for its clothing and fashion products. Established by brothers Vincenzo and Giacomo Barbato in 2012, the Steve Jobs company has recently been awarded the trademark by an Italian court of law after Apple lost the legal battle due to a poor choice of defense. 
Apple chose to base its case not on the Steve Jobs trademark itself, but on the company’s logo, which is a stylized J with …

Meet ZTE's new smartphone with 18:9 display, the Blade V9

A sequel to the ZTE Blade V8 is already in the works and it looks like the Chinese handset maker will make it official at CES (Consumers Electronics Show) 2018 in about a week from now.

The Blade V9 is more of an entry-level smartphone that will ship with Android 8.0 Oreo right out of the box. Another selling point of ZTE’s upcoming budget-friendly handset could be the 5.7-inch HD+ display with 18:9 aspect ratio.

But there’s more, as the Blade V9 comes with a dual-camera setup consisting of 16MP and 5MP cameras. Also, the smartphone includes a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and a …

Meet Zanco tiny t1, world's smallest mobile phone

While companies battle each other for the world’s biggest smartphone title, one company took a turn in the other direction. Zanco plans to launch world’s smallest mobile phone, the tiny t1.

Although it’s just a feature phone, Zanco tiny t1 offers all the basic features you would expect from such a device, including calls and SMS. It’s only working on 2G networks (GSM850/900, DCS1800, and PCS1900), but the very small 200 mAh battery lasts for more than 3 days on a single charge.

The tiny t1 sports a tiny 0.49-inch OLED display with 64 x 32 pixels resolution. …

Meet the OnePlus 5T Star Wars Edition


OnePlus today unveiled a very interesting version of its 5T
flagship smartphone – the OnePlus 5T Star Wars Edition. The handset was briefly
showcased in India,
at a Comic Con event sponsored by OnePlus (among other companies).

 

As you can see above, the OnePlus 5T Star Wars Edition has a
white rear panel with a red Star Wars logo etched towards the bottom. The
phone’s alert slider button is also red, while the front is completely black. Reportedly, the device’s interface will feature various Star Wars effects and wallpapers. The new handset certainly stands out when compared to the …

Wireless, ultra lightweight, HD dynamic sound: meet the Legato Arc earphones by Spigen

This story is sponsored by Spigen. PhoneArena’s opinions in this article have not been affected in any way!

Disclaimer

Bluetooth headsets have been around for awhile, but they seem to have been picking up in popularity over the past year. Yes, this does coincide with the fact that more and more manufacturers are making the decision to scrap the 3.5 mm headphone jack on their smartphones, but, to be fair, wireless earbuds also happen to be getting better and better.

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Meet the Lenovo Moto Tab, an interesting tablet coming soon to AT&T


Back in May, we told you that a brand new Motorola tablet
(featuring a Productivity Mode) could be released soon. Now, we know that the
tablet is called Lenovo* Moto Tab, and will be available in the US via AT&T.

 

While the Lenovo Moto Tab hasn’t been officially announced yet,
AT&T published a promo video – embedded above – showcasing some of its
features. The second largest US mobile carrier presents the device as a “family tablet designed for
entertainment,” as it’s got a 10.1-inch Full HD screen, plus dual speakers with
Dolby Atmos sound, and supports up to 7 customizable …

Apple's COO to meet with Foxconn to discuss iPhone X production delays

In the midst of rumored production problems involving the Apple iPhone X, Apple’s Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams plans to meet with the chairman of contract manufacturer Foxconn later this month in Taiwan. While Apple uses a number of different companies to assemble the iPhone and iPad, the iPhone X is being put together exclusively by Foxconn. The latter’s chairman, Terry Gou, will discuss with Williams the production delays that could limit the number of iPhone X units available to consumers by launch day, November 3rd.

As we told you earlier today, reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi …

Meet WaterPlay, Honor's new tablet featuring IP67 waterproof rating, mid-range specs

It looks like Honor 7X was not the only device unveiled by the Chinese company earlier today. A new Android tablet that goes by the name WaterPlay was introduced by Honor alongside its mid-range smartphone.

While this isn’t Honor’s first tablet, it might be one of the few that comes with water resistance. As the name suggests, Honor WaterPlay is an IP67-certified tablet, but that’s not the only selling point of the slate.

Honor announced the WaterPlay features stereo speakers with 3D audio technology backed by Harman Kardon. Furthermore, the physical home …