Tablet sales drop for the 12th consecutive quarter from July through September


Shipments of tablets declined 5.4% in the third quarter on a year-over-year basis, according to the latest data from IDC. That marks the 12th consecutive quarter of declining shipments for the sector. 40 million units were shipped during the three months that ended on the last day of September. That compares with the 42.3 million slates that were delivered during the third quarter of 2016.

Leading the way with 10.3 million iPad tablets shipped in the quarter, was Apple. The 11.4% year-over-year gain in shipments helped Apple increase its market share in the tablet industry from 21.9% …


HTC reports that September revenue soared 117% sequentially

Thanks to shipments of the Pixel 2 to Google, HTC today reported September revenue of $6.51 billion New Taiwan Dollars (equivalent to $215 million USD). That was a 117% hike from the $3 billion New Taiwan Dollars in revenue (equivalent to $99.2 million USD) reported by HTC for August, when there were no Pixel 2 shipments made. This year, HTC is responsible for the Pixel 2, while LG built the Pixel 2 XL. Last year, both the Pixel and the Pixel XL were manufactured by HTC.

Since it delivered only one of the Pixel sequels to Google this year, it is no surprise that HTC’s September 2017 revenues …

September 29th update coming to Super Mario Run brings new new character, new world and 50% off deal

Remember last December when Nintendo released the Super Mario Run game for iOS? On March 22nd of this year, the game was made available for Android users. For a period of time following the launch of the game on each platform, there was a flurry of activity as fans of Nintendo in general, and Mario is particular, installed the app. The game is free, by the way, but that gives you only limited game play. It costs $9.99 if you want to unlock the entire game.

While the excitement of Super Mario Run has died down, Nintendo is hoping to raise the “thrill” level with an update to both the iOS …

Middle-earth: Shadow of War coming to Android and iOS devices on September 28

Middle-earth: Shadow of War, the sequel to Monolith’s highly-acclaimed Shadow of Mordor, is expected to make its debut on PC and consoles on October 10. Ahead of the official launch of the game, Warner Bros. has decided to release the mobile version of Shadow of War.

The publisher recently confirmed Middle-earth: Shadow of War will arrive on Android and iOS device on September 28, which will allow fans of the franchise to get a taste of what the PC and console game will offer.

Along with the confirmation of the release, the publisher released a trailer that …

All-metal Motorola Moto G5S Plus now available to pre-order in the US, it's $50 off until September 28


Starting today, Motorola US
is accepting pre-orders for the Moto G5S Plus, a smartphone announced in early
August alongside the Moto G5S (which isn’t coming to the US, or at least
not for now).

 

The Moto G5S Plus will be released on September 29 for
$279.99 (model with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage space), or $349.99 (4 GB
RAM, 64 GB storage space). However, if you place your pre-order before September
28, you can get the smartphone for $50 off: $229.99 (32 GB) or $299.99 (64 GB). For more details on pre-orders, check out Motorola’s website at the source link below. 

 

As …

OnePlus 5 JCC+ limited edition goes on sale in Paris September 22nd

A limited edition version of the OnePlus 5, designed by fashion designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, will be launched on September 22nd at 10am CEST (4am EDT in the U.S.) during a Pop-Up event at the Colette fashion boutique in Paris. The design is called “the Callection,” while the full name of the handset is the OnePlus 5 JCC+ limited edition. This version of the OnePlus 5 will sport a blue power button, yellow mute/vibrate button, and a red volume rocker.  The design features writing on the back in script. Other Pop-Up events offering the phone will be held in Europe in the weeks ahead.

Starting …

iPhone 8 and 8 Plus will be released by Boost and Virgin Mobile on September 29


While Sprint is launching the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus on
September 22 (just like all other major US carriers), if you want to buy the
new handsets from Boost Mobile or Virgin Mobile – Sprint’s two prepaid brands –
you’ll have to wait an extra week to get them.

 

Both Boost and Virgin Mobile will release the two new
iPhones on September 29, likely for the same prices that Apple is asking
(iPhone 8 starting at $699, and iPhone 8 Plus starting at $799).

 

Boost Mobile
is already accepting pre-registrations for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. For
a limited time, if you pre-register, …

Essential Phone coming to all Sprint stores on September 14


The wait is finally over
and the Essential Phone will be available for purchase in all Sprint
retail channels on September 14. The only carrier in the United
States that sells the Essential Phone, Sprint announced that, for a
limited time, customers can lease it for $14.58 per month and take
advantage of the best price for fully featured Unlimited data among
national carriers.

Basically, you’ll get 50%
off Essential Phone and you won’t have to pay anything ($0 down) with
18 Sprint Flex Lease payments, thus saving more than $260. On top of
that, the Essential 360-degree camera costs just …

What to expect from Apple's September event

Apple’s big September event is right around the corner, so what will the company show?
Leaks and rumors have been generously informing us that we will see three new iPhones: the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, gradual upgrades to the current iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, as well as a brand new iPhone X, a completely new, bezel-less design that will leave the good old fingerprint scanner in favor of a brand new 3D face recognition system. The iPhone X (the pronunciation could be iPhone Ten, just like Mac OS X is pronounced Mac OS Ten) is also expected to …

Xiaomi Mi Note 3 to be unveiled on September 11 alongside Mi MIX 2

Xiaomi’s next major launch event is scheduled for September 11, just one day ahead of Apple’s big reveal. The Chinese company is expected to unveil its new flagship, the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2, but that’s not the only device that could be announced next week.

Another high-end Android smartphone has been recently teased by Xiaomi, the Mi Note 3. Rumored to pack beastly specs, the Mi Note 3 is likely to compete with the other flagship that Xiaomi plans to launch on Monday, the Mi MIX 2.

The teaser image published by Xiaomi today confirms the Mi Note 3 will come with a dual-camera setup, but …