Meet Daisy, the robot that disassembles old and unwanted iPhone units for usable parts

Hey gang, did you know that tomorrow is Earth Day? Well, at least someone at Apple did. The company has launched its Earth Day Apple GiveBack plan that not only will help the environment, it will also help those returning an old or unwanted iPhone. With Apple GiveBack, those returning an eligible device will receive credit in the form of an Apple Store gift card to use for a future purchase. These returned iPhone models can be stripped of usable parts (more on that later). From now through April 30th, Apple will make a donation to Conservation International for every handset it receives …


The affordable champions are back: meet the Moto E5 Plus, E5, and E5 Play

The Motorola Moto G series are usually often mentioned in conversations about no-nonsense midrangers that balance affordability with performance well. However, it’s not the cheapest line Moto has in store. That would be the Moto E family — the most basic Motorola phones that still have a distinct Moto flavor to them, plus a special feature or two to set them apart.

The new members of the Moto E line are the Moto E5 Plus, Moto E5 and Moto E5 Play. Of the three, the Moto E5 Plus is the highest end proposition, followed by the E5 and E5 Play, the latter being the cheapest one.

Design …

Meet the real Motorola Moto G6 (to be announced soon, probably)

Motorola Mobility hasn’t announced any new phones this year, but, in the near future, it will likely unveil several models at once. These should be the Moto G6, Moto G6 Plus, and Moto G6 Play – all succeeding the Moto G5 family of 2017. 
After seeing various renders depicting the full Moto G6 series, we can now take a look at real photos presenting the regular G6 (not the Plus, nor the Play). These photos – embedded below – have been released by China’s Telecommunication Equipment Certification Center, aka TENAA, so they’re 100% genuine. 
The …

Meet the SikurPhone – the device aimed at cryptocurrency maniacs

Mobile World Congress 2018 is almost over, but it did not lack in smartphones – we saw the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+, Sony’s Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact, and even an Android phone for children. But we might have not seen everything yet, as Brazilian company SIKUR, which focuses on… security (SIKUR… secure… get it?) showed its latest project – the SIKURPhone

SIKURity is a priority

The SIKURPhone is a successor to the released in 2015 GranitePhone – a smartphone, which encrypted all of your e-mails, contacts, …

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.

As …

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 …