iPhone sales could suffer from Apple's $29 battery replacement program, here are the estimated numbers

Apple’s decision to lower the price of iPhone battery replacements to $29 (from $79; 63% discount) could cut into its 2018 smartphone sales. These observations were made by Barclays analysts, but anyone following the Battery Gate scandal would have guessed as much.
However, Barclays also has estimates on what the potential damage could be. According to company analyst Mark Moskowitz, a whopping 77% or 519 million iPhone users are eligible to replace their battery via the program. Here are his calculations:

In our base case scenario, 10% of …


Essential Phone may have sold 50,000 units according to camera app download numbers

Back in late September, we reported about a research firm that claimed Essential Phone only sold 5,000 units in the United States. Fast forward six weeks and it looks like that number increased by ten times.

Apparently, Essential Phone may have sold around 50,000 units since its release, a much better number than the amount mentioned in September. The information is based on the number of downloads of Essential’s Camera app from the Google Play Store, so it surely isn’t 100% accurate.

In case you’re wondering how did Essential manage to boost sales of its smartphone in such a short …

Google's Android distribution numbers for November confirm a minimal increase for Oreo

Each month Google publishes a chart that offers us an overall image over the various versions of Android and how are they distributed among users. The chart for the month of November, published earlier today, paints a not so encouraging picture for Android.

Even though it made its debut on the market back in August, the latest version of Android hasn’t been adopted by too many smartphone companies. Currently, only 0.3% of the devices that visited the Google Play Store in early November were running Android 8.0 Oreo operating system.

The situation won’t improve by much since HMD and …

AT&T's sales numbers for the quarter suggest iPhone 8 sales are not beating any records

AT&T has reported slower sales and 900,000 fewer smartphone upgrades for the past quarter, which includes more than a week of iPhone availability.
Historically, iPhone sales are strongest in the first days of availability and in the Holiday quarter, so this is clearly a troubling sign. While AT&T does not break down unit sales by model, the iPhone has been the dominant phone on all US carriers in the past few years, so this clearly has a lot to do with lower demand for the iPhone 8.
This can be explained in …

Issues popping up for Apple iPhone X 3D sensor suppliers; low yields could affect production numbers

With Apple slated to deliver the tenth anniversary iPhone X model on November 3rd, a new report published in Japan today says that production issues have cropped up in relation to the production of parts for Face ID. The new feature, which is found only on the iPhone X, uses the user’s face to quickly unlock the phone and verify the identity of the user. According to the Nikkei Asian Review, suppliers of the 3D sensors used in Face ID are having problems achieving a decent yield rate.

Two executives who work for companies that supply parts for the iPhone say that it is unknown whether Apple …

Google turns phone numbers, contacts and addresses in Gmail and Inbox into clickable links

Most email clients for Android and iOS allow users to copy/paste contacts, addresses and phone numbers from other apps like Messenger and WhatsApp. Gmail and Inbox are no exceptions, as Google added these features since their release.

However, the Mountain View company announced today that it has improved on that feature to save Gmail and Inbox users a lot of time by skipping the whole copy/paste procedure.

Starting today, Gmail and Inbox by Gmail, on both the Android and iOS platforms, will convert text into hyperlinks whenever they detect phone numbers, addresses, and email addresses …

White supremacist rally ends early in Boston as counter-protesters show up in huge numbers

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A few dozen attendees showed up for Saturday’s planned “free speech” rally in Boston. But counter-protesters showed up in the thousands.

Per local news reports, over 10,000 people gathered at Boston Commons to protest the right-wing gathering, which quickly fell apart after it became clear the planned speaking schedule would not come to fruition. 

In fact, police were seen taking down rally flags and decor before 1 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. (The rally was scheduled for 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.) Whoops!

At around the same time, Twitter was flooded with images from the counter-protest. In one clip, crowds can be heard chanting “Not in Boston” — a reference to last week’s violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. Read more…

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Watch ABBYY TextGrabber Pro 6 lift text, phone numbers, links, and addresses straight from video & TV

Digital scanning powerhouse ABBYY’s character recognition app TextGrabber has been an example of “black magic” mobile technology for a long time. If its ability to capture text from written pages failed to entertain you for some reason, check out what has come to the newly released version 6!

TextGrabber is now able to pick up text from live video streams, entirely offline and with support for 61 languages. Of course, we aren’t talking only articles or some sort of long-form literature. Rather, TextGrabber nabs links, phone numbers, addresses (e-mail, www, street), times and dates, and other …