Apple is having a hard time with its competition on the vast Chinese market, latest IDC data reveals

Apple is slowly but steadily deciphering the mysteries of the saturated and rather competitive Chinese smartphone market as the latest quarterly data from IDC shows Cupertino growing 0.6% year over year and claiming some 7.7% of the market in Q3 2017. With 8.8 million iPhones sold for the time period, Apple is currently the 5th key player locally, trailing behind Huawei, Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi. One thing that could make a difference is the iPhone X, which is already being sold in China and will affect Cupertino’s next quarterly results.
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iPhone X teardown reveals the TrueDepth camera system's secrets

After a quick tear-down of the iPhone X by MyFixGuide earlier today gave a sneak peek at Apple’s most expensive and most advanced phone to date, but if you wanted a step-by-step teardown that guides you through every single component of the new iPhone, your best bet is the iFixit teardown right above.
The purpose of a teardown boils down to two things: first, give us a sneak peek at what the phone is made of, and secondly, understand how to easy it is to repair different parts, replace a cracked screen or a dead battery.
As to …

Oppo patent application reveals phone with a foldable top

Amid talk that Samsung’s foldable Galaxy X could arrive in 2018, and reports that Huawei already has a working foldable model ready for next year, Oppo might be another firm gearing up to enter this arena soon. A patent application filed by the company reveals a smartphone with a bendable display that covers the top 25% to 35% of the screen. Looking at some of the images that Oppo included with the application, it appears that part of the screen would be able to flip over backward.

With the selfie camera on the top half of the device, it would be possible for one camera to be both the rear-facing …

Reddit AMA reveals that Stellar Gray will be the next color available for the Essential Phone

Every other week, Essential team members have appeared on Reddit to discuss the future of the Essential Phone during an AMA (“Ask Me Anything”) session. The most recent AMA featured Dave Evans (VP of Design), Linda Jiang (Head of Industrial Design), and William Leggett (Director of Product Design). The team members answered questions ranging from the colors we can expect to see on future versions of the handset, and why wasn’t the phone certified for ingress protection.

According to the latest AMA, samples of the highly anticipated Ocean Depth color are still running into problems, and …

Photos show iPhone X boxes waiting to ship; video reveals what is under the lid of the box

So let’s say that you pre-ordered your Apple iPhone X. What happens next? No, not to you, but to the boxes containing the iPhone X. Well luckily for everyone, tipster Benjamin Geskin’s dad isn’t an engineer at Apple, so no one will lose their job after we show you images of the Apple iPhone X retail box awaiting the long and winding journey to an Apple Store, or maybe to your front door at home.

Another photo shows the silver version of the iPhone X being stared at by some one whose reflection can be seen bouncing off the back of the phone. Check out the vertically mounted dual rear-facing …

Samsung patent reveals rival to Apple's AirPower wireless charger


A patent application filed by Samsung to the USPTO reveals a dual wireless charger that can charge more than one device at a time. In that regard, it would be considered a challenger for Apple’s AirPower wireless charger. The latter can charge multiple device at once by fitting an iPhone and an Apple Watch all together on a single charging pad. Actually, there are various combinations that will fit, including the charging of two iPhone models at one time.

According to Sammy’s patent, its dual wireless charger uses both magnetic resonance and magnetic induction charging in the same product. …

Pixel 2 XL teardown reveals LG battery, heat pipe, and Google's first custom processor

The crafty folks from iFixit have gone through the trouble to take apart the new Google Pixel 2 XL, and it turned out that it wasn’t much of a trouble, at least as far as today’s sealed waterproof flagships are concerned, as we’ve seen recent phones much harder to repair. The Pixel 2 XL got a 6/10 score for repairability, and, despite that it is water-resistant with IP67 certification, it doesn’t even need heating to open up, unlike the vast majority of today’s glass-and-metal flagships.
The phone is indeed LG inside, as given away by the branding of …

HTC's bezel-less U11 Plus allegedly shows up in benchmarks, reveals specs

At this point most tech enthusiasts know about the Google/HTC deal where the latter sold a bunch of its talent and intellectual property to the former. And at least for a while this is going to be the most interesting fact about the troubled Taiwanese phone maker — until it starts releasing new noteworthy devices, to be exact.

And if what we’ve been hearing is true, this might come sooner than most people expect — invites seem to have been sent out for a November 2 launch event a couple of days ago. And from what we know, there will be at least …

Pokemon Go leak reveals generation 3 pocket monsters that could be added during Halloween event

At the beginning of this month, we told you that Pokemon Go developer Niantic would once again be celebrating Halloween with a special event. Last year’s Halloween celebration drove enough traffic back to the game to make it once again the number one grossing app for iOS. Last year, players were awarded twice the number of candies that they would normally receive for catching a Pokemon, hatching eggs, and transferring Pokemon to the Professor. In addition, certain pocket monsters like Zubat, Golbat, Gastly, Haunter, Gengar, Drowzee and Hypno could be found more often in the game.

When members …

'Agents of SHIELD' blooper reel reveals that an awful lot of kissing happens on set

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The Agents of SHIELD panel at New York Comic Con was pretty rowdy — and that was before Marvel debuted the first 20 minutes of the Season 5 premiere, which won’t hit our screens until Dec. 1. 

In an attempt to extract some Season 5 footage from Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb, star Iain De Caestecker walked up to his boss and planted a big kiss on his lips, much to the hysteria of his castmates and the crowd. (Must’ve been some kiss.)

But making out became an inadvertent theme of the panel, especially when Loeb dropped the Season 4 blooper reel — which features a lot of energetic dance moves, near-kisses, and door malfunctions.   Read more…

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