iPhone maker Foxconn posts 39% drop in profits, iPhone X production problems to blame?

Taiwanese company Foxconn, the main assembler of Apple products, reported a 39% slump in quarterly net profits. According to The Wall Street Journal, such a drop in margins was expected, but the results are notably worse than what analysts predicted. Foxconn hasn’t experienced such a quarter-over-quarter decline since the global recession of 2008.
The most probable cause for this downturn is a series of production bottlenecks surrounding the iPhone X. As you might know, the $1,000 flagship is the first Apple smartphone to feature an edge-to-edge …


Google says its has fixed the problems with its Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL trade-in program

As if the Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL needed more problems, word came out the other day about a number of issues that consumers were having with the Google Store trade-in program. Under the terms of the plan, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL buyers would receive credit for trading-in older handsets in working condition. The amount of the credit received depended on the model of the phone sent in. The 2016 Google Pixel XL was on the top of the list with the 128GB model valued at $410 in a trade.

Unfortunately, there were several screw ups, with several buyers participating in the program receiving …

More problems: Pixel 2 XL owners report terribly tinny, distorted audio recording in videos

The Pixel 2 XL has been off to quite a bumpy start. From clicking sounds to faulty displays, the hits appear to keep on coming. Fortunately, the latest reported issue — distorted audio quality in video recording — should be easily fixed with a software update.

First reported among owners on Google’s Pixel Community website, the audio quality in video recordings is described as “tinny”, “overly compressed”, and “unusable” among many other descriptors from a growing number of users. Some describe it as a sometimes intermittent issue, leading many …

Apple releases statement revealing connectivity problems with the Apple Watch Series 3

While the Apple Watch Series 3 won’t be found on consumers’ hands until Friday at the earliest, Apple has already released a statement referring to issues that the smartwatch is apparently having when it comes to maintaining a cellular connection. According to Apple, when the Apple Watch Series 3 tries to join unauthenticated Wi-Fi networks without connectivity, the timepiece is prevented from connecting to a cellular network. A fix is being looked at for a future software update.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple Watch models it has received that connect to AT&T and T-Mobile’s …

WSJ: Bixby is having problems with the English language

According to a report published in today’s Wall Street Journal, Bixby has not been a good student when it comes to learning the English language. Apparently, Samsung’s AI personal assistant is failing grammar and is also having problems with syntax. This means that Bixby is having difficulties creating sentences in English. The problem, as far as Samsung is concerned, is that competing assistants like Google Assistant and Siri have no problem turning out a snappy sentence in English when called on to do so.

The Journal’s report says that it won’t be before late June at the earliest before …

Some Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ users are complaining that Sammy is ignoring audio problems on the phones

The latest issue to pop up on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ is one involving the speakers on the handsets. Some are complaining that the audio is cutting out on their handsets while streaming YouTube videos, playing music, in the middle of games, and more. On Samsung’s U.S. community forum, it is theorized that this is a hardware issue involving faulty wiring. Of course, that makes this a sadder tale for those who do have the problem, because a software update is not going to be able to fix it.

Several Galaxy S8 owners found that tapping or pressing hard about two-inches above …

Google Now and Google Play Store run into problems thanks to Google's server-side testing

To test how changes to the Android UI would go over, or how new features added to the platform would be received by users, Google randomly uses server-side tests to get the lay of the land. The only problem is that these tests can sometimes lead to some unexpected results. Currently, there are two tests being done that ended up breaking Google Now and the Google Play Store.

The test to the Google Play Store removes everything from the home page. Yes, you can still search for apps, install them, and manually update them too. But the Play Store’s home page is blank, and there is no workaround …

BlackBerry 10.3.3 update is causing problems for BlackBerry 10 handsets

Starting last November, BlackBerry rolled out OS version 10.3.3 for its BlackBerry 10 series of handsets. While the company turned to Android for its newer models like the BlackBerry Priv, DTEK50, DTEK60 and the upcoming BlackBerry KEYone, there are still a number of BlackBerry 10 handsets that receive updates. A BlackBerry Knowledge Issue article pertaining to the version 10.3.3 update lists a number of problems with the software build:

Slow/poor performanceMenu items missing or slow to respondDevice temperature warmer than usualApplications not openingUnable to connect to wireless networksAs …

HTC Is Fighting A Lot Of Economic Problems

HTC is one of the supreme makers of cellphones on the globe and it is one of the leading Taiwanese companies. We can say that it is a true Asian Tiger when it comes to economic performances.

This company started out this year in force but new statistics reveal that things do not look too great for the organization. The beginning of April marked a issue about the new statistical data on the profits of the organization. The earnings dropped sharply in the first part of the year so they are 70% lower when compared with the last quarter of 2011. It is true that the company has invested a lot in its modern range of cellphones. Things could get much better in the second part of the year when all the new models of the company will be on the market. If 1 or 2 models become mobile phone deals in the market, the problems for HTC could fade away.

Hopes are high regarding the new android phone called HTC One X. This is the crown jewel of the business for this year and a lot of energy was put in the growth and development of this model. The rivalry is big on the market and the model has to take on all kinds of other designs from Apple, Samsung and Nokia.

In my view, HTC should focus on the promoting part of their business. They already have got a solid cellphone range and they only need to be promoted well in order to make profits. The new versions need an active and aggressive marketing campaign and cash should flow with ease.

The monetary department of HTC must look into making an economic plan for the coming many weeks in which they should consist of a large sum for adverts. Marketing is the key when promoting brand new items.

Complications could persist if HTC does not manage to enhance its liquidity. Presently the company has put a lot of money in different assets and if it cannot pay its financial obligations in time, they could suffer a lot. We could even see a solvency problem in the coming months. HTC is now on the edge and the stakeholders must show their interests in turning the company to large profits. Currently the problems are not too big, but there are signs of economic problems in the horizon. HTC requires to plan carefully the next few months and all things will be great for the future.

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