Deal: Buy an unlocked Samsung Galaxy S9, get a 128 GB memory card and charging pad for free

If you need a brand new, unlocked Samsung Galaxy S9 or S9+ in your life, you can currently take advantage of a few deals that are available in the US. While Samsung itself is offering a Gear S3 watch for just $99 (or a free pair of Gear IconX earbuds) with any of its Galaxy S9 smartphones, Best Buy today revealed a different offer.  
When purchasing an unlocked Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9+ at Best Buy, you’re receiving two free gifts: a Samsung EVO Plus 128 GB microSDXC UHS-I Memory Card (normally priced at $99.99), and a Samsung Fast Charge Wireless …


Updates to Alexa will add memory, allow for more conversational responses and more

Bad news for Apple and Siri. The virtual personal assistant that is arguably one of the top two in the business, Alexa, is about to get better. Amazon is going to be pushing out some updates for Alexa, including one that will initially be aimed at users in the U.S., U.K. and Germany. The update will allow Alexa to engage with users in a more conversational style. For example, you will be able to have what Amazon calls “two-turn interactions” with Alexa without the use of pronouns.

An example would be if you asked the virtual personal assistant, “Alexa, how is the weather in Seattle?, and …

Report: Apple in talks to source memory chips from China

Up until now, no Chinese company has manufactured memory chips. This is about to change, according to a report published today by Japan’s Nikkei news agency.  A company called Yangtze Memory is scheduled to start producing NAND flash chips sometime this year, and Apple is reportedly in talks with the company to provide the chips for the Apple iPhone. While the chips could be available to Apple as soon as 2019, Yangtze might not be able to produce enough product to satisfy Apple’s needs until 2020.

Currently, Apple buys NAND flash chips from companies such as Toshiba, Western Digital, …

Group including Apple signs Letter of Intent to purchase Toshiba's memory chip business

According to today’s Wall Street Journal, a consortium that includes Bain Capital and Apple has signed a non-binding letter of intent stating that it plans to purchase Toshiba’s memory chip business before the end of this month. Those knowledgeable about the deal say the group, which includes Bain, Apple, Seagate Technology and Dell, are offering more than $18 billion for the business. Another group that was bidding includes Western Digital and private equity firm KKR. Western Digital is actually Toshiba’s partner in the NAND memory chip business, and claims to have veto rights to the sale of the …

Apple part of group seeking to buy Toshiba's memory chip business for $18 billion

This past April we told you that Apple, along with other major tech firms, was interested in purchasing Toshiba’s memory chip business. Two weeks later, there was talk about Apple and Foxconn teaming up to make the purchase. This report came after after the contract manufacturer was rumored to have made an $18 billion bid for the company all by itself. Now, talk about a deal involving Apple is warming up again as Western Digital’s own Thursday deadline to reach a deal with Toshiba ends today.

Bain Capital is part of a consortium that just lobbed in an $18 billion bid for what is the second …

Sony Xperia XZ Premium now comes with a free 64 GB memory card

Available in the US since June, the Sony Xperia XZ Premium is one of the newest high-end smartphones on the market, and it’s also among the most expensive models out there, costing $799.99 unlocked. If you’re not exactly sure you should spend that kind of money on an XZ Premium, maybe the offer that we’re presenting in this article will convince you.

Focus Camera (one of Sony’s authorized dealers in the US) is currently selling the new Xperia with a few extras in the box. More exactly, for $799, you’re getting the smartphone itself, plus a 64 GB Sony Class 10 UHS-1 …

Chrome 59 for Android promises to load pages faster and use less memory

The newest version of Google’s main browser, Chrome had been recently released for Mac, Windows, and Linux, but Android users have been skipped from the initial roll-out.

Today, Google announced it has kicked off the deployment of Chrome 59 for Android. Despite the fact that the changelog is very short, the new browser includes some well-worth under the hood improvements.

Back in April, Google detailed an upcoming Chrome update, which was supposed to further improve the loading speed of webpages by 10 or 20%. Apparently, Chrome 59 brings exactly these enhancements, …

Lots of Snapdragon 835 Galaxy S8 units apparently have UFS 2.0 instead of newer UFS 2.1 memory. Should you care?

Recently, we’ve learned of Samsung’s Huawei moment. For the uninitiated, the latter liberally dispersed no less than five different kinds of memory technology between versions of its P10 and P10 Lite flagship phones – and some of said technology was more than a little far off from what was being advertised. Samsung is much less sinful towards its customers, though. It’s just that some Snapdragon 835-powered versions of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ are using the older UFS 2.0 flash storage standard, instead of the newer UFS 2.1 technology that goes inside most SD 835 units and …

Huawei admits its response to P10 and P10 Plus memory chips controversy was arrogant

In a letter to employees, which was later published on Weibo, Huawei’s mobile chief Richard Yu admitted the company’s response to the memory chips controversy was arrogant and completely inappropriate.

If you’ve been following our news feed, then you already know that Huawei uses different memory chips inside its P10 and P10 Plus flagships, which provide different performances.

The Chinese company tried to address consumers’ complaints with an official statement that claims the experience shouldn’t be impaired due to the use of different memory chips because …