Report: Google to pay $3 billion to Apple to remain the default search engine on iOS

Securities firm Bernstein sent a note to clients today, stating that Google will end up paying approximately $3 billion to Apple this year to remain the default search engine on the Apple iPhone and Apple iPad. That is triple the amount that Google paid Apple three years ago for the same licensing rights. The revenue from Google is counted by Apple towards its rapidly growing services business. According to Apple, if its service business was considered a separate company, it would qualify for the Fortune 500.

Bernstein analyst A.M. Sacconaghi Jr. said in his firm’s missive to investors that …


Deleted iPhone Notes found to remain in iCloud storage long after their 30-day expiration time

Russian company Elcomsoft has a thing about breaking into Apple software and pointing out security flaws. It’s a darn fine sport if you really know what you are doing, and the Russkies do.

Their latest discovery is that notes written into the Notes app and sync’d to iCloud remain in storage after the user deletes them, and long after the 30-day period of keeping them in the “Recently Deleted” category has expired. This goes contrary to Apple’s claim that notes are permanently deleted after 30 days. They might be – on your iOS device – but their ghosts remain in the cloud.

Thankfully, …

Only hours remain for you to buy the BLU R1 Plus for $109.99 from Amazon or Best Buy

Just the other day, we told you about Miami based BLU’s latest handset. The BLU R1 Plus features a Gorilla Glass 3 protected 5.5-inch display, albeit with a 720 x 1280 HD resolution, and is powered by the MediaTek MTK6737 chipset. That means that the handset carries a quad-core CPU and the Mali-T720MP2 GPU. 3GB of RAM is inside along with 32GB of expandable native storage. A 13MP camera adorns the rear of the phone, with a 5MP selfie shooter in front.

Although the device is running on the previous-generation Android 6.0, the handset does come with a 4000mAh battery which means that you …

Samsung to cut battery charge functionality in all those Note 7 holdouts that remain

Samsung is done with the Note 7 saga, it seems, as it plans to push out an update that will completely stop recharging for those who still hold on to their dear phablet in Korea, endangering themselves and maybe others in the process. There are still a bunch of folks who find it hard to part with the Note 7, and there are even online groups and threads for owners of active Note 7 units, and Samsung apparently will be targeting those in the final acts of the Vikings Note 7 saga. 

US carriers already did something similar by shutting down access to …

Google says Pixel 2 will remain premium, no cheap Pixel in the works

We’re still many months away from the upcoming release of the next Pixel smartphone, but it’s never too early to talk about such an important device. The latest rumors about Google’s upcoming flagship date from January and imply the company will make some consistent improvements in various areas like the camera and SoC (system-on-chip).

The same report claimed that Google might be readying a budget-friendly Pixel smartphone to go alongside its flagship. Despite all these rumors coming from a “reliable source,” Google has recently confirmed that it doesn’t plan to launch a cheap Pixel …