Apple has seemingly dethroned Samsung for the title of the world’s largest smartphone maker in Q4, selling 77.3 million iPhones, against Samsung’s 74.4 million handsets. Granted, Samsung made about $30 of net profit per handset, while Apple makes $200+, but when it comes to topping the market share charts, it’s been a fight between these two last year, followed by the rise of Huawei.
Wireless network provider Verizon is not going to sell the upcoming Huawei Mate 10 Pro. This unexpected decision has to do with the U.S. government, according to people familiar with the matter.
Do you have any relatives in Florida, Los Angeles or the Caribbean? Now is an excellent time to catch up.
New Year’s 2018 was marked by bone-chillingly low, sad temperatures in much of the continental United StatesNew York City had its coldest New Years since 1962Chicago’s New Year’s, which was measured at about zero degrees right before midnight, was its most frigid since 1969. Temperatures in some parts of the United States hit 50 degrees below Farenheit.
Thankfully, these photos of places and people looking just as miserable as us give us warmth.
A newly leaked clear case, allegedly destined for the Galaxy S9, is making the rounds, and it looks to be fitting like a glove around the CAD-based renders that appeared yesterday. Unfortunately, it also means that Samsung may indeed reserve the dual camera set as a Galaxy S9+ exclusive, as this case here shows too short of an opening on the back for it to house two lenses and a finger scanner. Speaking of, the case hints at a different, under-camera fingerprint reader placement, compared to the S8, just as most leaks so far have iterated, which is a welcome change.
Back in October, we told you that thanks to the various lawsuits between Apple and Qualcomm, Apple is in the process of designing the 2018 iPhone models without using Qualcomm’s modem chips. Currently, the CDMA versions of the Apple iPhone 8, Apple iPhone 8 Plus and Apple iPhone X use the Qualcomm Snapdragon X16 modem chip. The GSM models of the same phones use the Intel XMM 7480. There is speculation that Apple will turn to MediaTek to replace Qualcomm.
Now, with Qualcomm the target of an acquisition attempt by fellow chipmaker Broadcom, the question is whether Qualcomm is ready to move …
Our bodies have plenty of parts, which are formed uniquely to each individual — fingerprints, irises, ear auricles, our actual faces, palm lines, the list goes on. And phone manufacturers seem to be capitalizing on these like crazy to offer us a crazy variety of unlocking methods, with finger unlock, iris unlock, and face unlock being packed all together in some devices.
Samsung seems to be dabbling in adding an extra biometric scan — palm recognition. The difference here is that it’s not going to be used for unlocking your phone, but merely for password hints.
So, Sammy has filed …
According to a report from international news agency Agence France-Presse (AFP), the oft-rumored merger between T-Mobile and Sprint is one step closer to being a reality. Japan’s SoftBank, which owns 80% of Sprint, has apparantly reached an internal decision to proceed with the deal. SoftBank, and Deutsche Telekom are discussing a stock swap, which is expected to be announced this month. The German phone company owns 64% of T-Mobile.
The AFP says that SoftBank is looking at ways to get the required approvals from the U.S. FCC and the Federal Trade Commission. A previous attempt to put T-Mobile …
T-Mobile had hinted that it would be introducing its latest Un-carrier plan on September 6th. Sure enough, the nation’s most innovative wireless operator has once again addressed a pain point and figured out a way for consumers to relieve the pain. This time, the agony comes from carrier bundles. Trying to get consumers to spend extra on mobile bundles explains why Verizon and AT&T have been seeking to buy companies that provide content such as AOL, Yahoo and DirecTV.
Starting on September 12th (hmm, something else is supposed to happen on that date), if you have a T-Mobile One account …
Oh, the times we live in! A new report by Nomura Securities says that Samsung is about to surpass Intel as the world’s largest semiconductor maker. Say what? Intel has been at the forefront of chip-making for decades now, but for this past quarter Samsung is projected to hit $15 billion in semiconductor sales, compared with Intel’s $14.4 billion.