Google's streaming video chat app Duo hits 100 million downloads

It took nine months for Google’s streaming video chat app Duo to reach its first 50 million downloads. It took only two months for the next 50 million downloads to take place, and right now Duo has been installed over 100 million times. While there aren’t any figures that tell us how often Duo is actually being employed, Google has made Duo a snap to use. In addition, starting last March Google released an update allowing audio calls to be placed over Duo. This makes the app even more useful.

Perhaps the most important thing that ran up the installation tally was the fact that in December, …


Subscriber data on 14 million Verizon customers leaked online, what should you do

UpGuard, the cyber security firm that discovered leaked voter data last month, is at it again, this time going after a Verizon partner that exposed up to 14 million accounts for the world to see. An ill-configured security setting on a cloud server led to having the subscriber data of millions of Verizon customers who phoned customer service in the last six months visible online without protection. 
The data includes phone numbers, names, and, more worryingly, PIN codes that give access to said accounts. Verizon said that no ID theft has occurred because of the …

Xiaomi records best ever quarter with 23.16 million smartphone shipments in the March-June period

According to a recent publication by a Taiwanese news outlet, Xiaomi has marked its best ever quarter in the March-June period this year, seeing a 70% increase in smartphone shipments from Q1. The company sold 23.16 million units in Q2 and, as per Lei Jun, Xiaomi’s CEO’s words, its aim is to hit a revenue of $14.7 billion (100 billion Yuan) by the end of this year.

Apparently, the company’s focus on physical retail sales, largely through its 123 Mi Home stores in China, seems to be working well, while it also plans to open a few more stores in the country in the next …

Tim Cook actually made $145 Million in 2016, the most of any S&P 500 CEO

On the surface, Apple’s CEO pay for last year was “just” $8.75 million, hurling Tim Cook towards the bottom third of all CEOs in the list of the S&P 500. This figure, however, only accounts for the direct salary and bonuses received plus some the amount of some of the inevitable executive privileges. The more interesting story, however, are the 1.26 million shares he got awarded as an incentive when he became Apple’s CEO in 2011.

Those are granted with various performance strings attached to be vested fully, and in the case of Apple a fifth were tied to the …

LeEco chairman has $182 million in assets frozen after failing to pay off company's debts

Call it schadenfreude if you will, but LeEco’s massive death spiral is getting ever more interesting to observe. Previously, the company officially halted its ambitious plan to expand onto US territory, fired about 80 percent of its workforce in the country, and sold off the property on which it had previously planned to build a Silicon Valley HQ. But this wasn’t nearly enough to cover all the debt, though, as a Shanghai court has now frozen $182 million in assets tied to LeEco’s founder, Jia Yueting.

The freezing of the assets, which are property …

Galaxy S8 continues to break records in Korea, sales exceed 1.3 million

Samsung has managed to sell over 1.3 million units of its 2017 flagship duo on home ground. Media outlet The Investor reports that the Galaxy S8 and S8+ have broken all sales records in South Korea.

It is estimated that between 11,000 to 12,000 units of the two models are sold on a daily basis – a feat that no other high-end handset has managed to achieve in the East Asian country. The strong results have also caused the share price of Samsung Electronics to hit an all-time high of $2,123 on Monday. 
While nobody …

Spam caller facing $120 million fine from FCC

Spam callers everywhere take heed from the FCC’s latest $120 million proposed fine for a robocall operation. Adrian Abramovich, the leader of such an operation, is facing the hefty fine after a three-month stint of robocalls selling timeshares. A total of 96 million calls went out with 80 million of them verified to be of Adrian’s creation.

While telemarketing calls are not illegal, Abramovich’s technique of spoofing numbers is. Neighbor spoofing, as it’s called, masks the incoming phone number with the same first 6 digits as the recipients, making them much more likely to answer …

Instagram Stories hits 250 million active daily users and surpasses Snapchat’s total users count

Instagram’s Stories feature has hit a whopping count of 250 million daily users – or a quarter of a billion – after having report a 200 million count only two months ago. It now surpasses Snapchat’s 166 million (as of May) total daily active users by a wide margin and currently seems hardly reachable, even though some people suggest it copied Stories from Snap.

The concept behind Stories is quite straightforward – it enables you to share posts that are visible to other users for 24 hours, after which they disappear. Snapchat launched Stories in October 2013, offering …

Analyst: Apple to ship over 40 million iPhones this quarter due to strong interest

Times are good for Cupertino, as Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri believes Apple is going to have a big quarter, shipping as many as 41.5 million iPhones. Not only is this an indicator for strong retailer demand of Apple’s most financially important product, it would also mark an increase of over one million units shipped from the same quarter last year.

Arcuri, though, is careful to point out that the number of phones actually bought by customers could be going down. Despite this, retailers are as sure as ever in Apple’s ability to deliver desirable phones. On the topic of the upcoming …

Google Play Store data suggests that just over 1 million Pixel, Pixel XL handsets have been sold

Based on data discovered in the Google Play Store, it is estimated that more than one million Pixel and Pixel XL handsets have been sold since the phones were launched last year. Google itself does not release information about individual phone shipments, but the Google Play Store does reveal how many times a certain app has been installed on an Android phone. These figures are listed in the Google Play Store in a wide range. For example, one app could show between 50,000 to 100,000 installs while another might show between 1 million and 5 million.

For some time, Google listed 500,000 to …