Honor 9 and 8 Pro start getting EMUI 8 update, 7X and 8 scheduled for Q2

Honor has just confirmed a few of its smartphones are now being updated with the new EMUI 8. The company’s new user interface comes with Android Oreo, although some Honor smartphones will only be getting some of the EMUI 8’s features without Oreo.

However, if you don’t own the Honor 8, you should be safe since Honor plans to update eight of its smartphones to Android Oreo. In any case, Honor France has just announced that the EMUI 8 roll-out has just started and the first smartphones to get the update are the Honor 9 and 8 Pro.

Furthermore, the handset maker confirmed that two other …


36K NYPD cops start swapping their Lumia handsets for an Apple iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus

So that’s why they call it the Big Apple! 36,000 NYPD cops are giving up their old Windows Phone powered handsets and are receiving the Apple iPhone 7 and the Apple iPhone 7 Plus. Cops are so excited about the two iPhone models becoming standard issue equipment, that they are already singing the praises of the handsets by calling them the “ultimate crime fighting tool.”

Over the course of the next few weeks, the 36,000 Nokia Lumia Windows Phone units that the NYPD issued to cops in 2014, will be exchanged for the 2016 iPhone models. Back in 2014, handing out the Nokia Lumia smartphones …

Apple allowed to start 'occupation' of Apple Park

An aerial view of Apple Park

Apple Park – the company’s future headquarters, built in Cupertino, California. Often referred to as ‘the spaceship’ and ‘Apple Campus 2’, the massive building is taking the next step of its existence. Starting next week, employees will be moving from their current work space – Apple Campus, to the five (out of 12 total) currently finished sections, with the rest still in the making. An employee, lucky enough to be of the first who will undergo the workplace change, even tweeted his joy out:

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Samsung to start selling Exynos chipsets to other smartphone companies

Apparently, Samsung wants a piece of the chipset market share, as the South Korean company plans to expand production of its Exynos CPUs and find buyers for them among smartphone vendors.

At the moment, Samsung is only fourth place in terms of smartphone chipset market share, as Qualcomm is in leading position followed by Apple and MediaTek. According to industry sources, Samsung plans to sell mostly chipsets for mid-range smartphones in an attempt to take on MediaTek. If Samsung’s plans turn out to be successful, MediaTek may have a tough 2018.

Moreover, analysts say Samsung is …

iPhone with 6.5-inch OLED screen could debut this year, LG Display to start shipping panels for Apple in H2 2018

LG Display might not have produced a single OLED panel for Apple in 2017, but it looks like things are about to change this year. A new report from South Korea suggests that Apple is planning to diversify its OLED suppliers for the next iPhones.
Sources of The Investor state that LG Display is close to inking an OLED supply deal with Cupertino and is expected to start panel shipments in the second half of 2018. This information is unofficial, but the display maker did previously confirm that it was in talks with Tim Cook & Co. over a possible agreement.
According …

Google to start imposing the latest Android features on app devs in 2018, or else…

Google took to the airwaves to announce a few massive changes in the way it will treat Android app developers going forward. While it reneged on the requirement to block them from using Android’s accessibility features for inventive apps like LastPass, for instance, it is pressing forward on another, no less important front. 

Starting from 2018, it will try and force developers to update their apps to the newest application programming interfaces for Android that Google has provided, or else. In August 2018, all devs will have a year to bring their creations …

Remotely start, unlock or track your car? There are apps for that (Ford vs Honda vs Chevrolet)

While most of us are still searching for pricey aftermarket systems to remotely start/stop the engine of their vehicles, or track their whereabouts, manufacturers are increasingly getting it, and outfitting the cars with smart OEM systems that offer all these features by default, and we don’t mean available as buttons on the remote only. 

Most car makers now have an app to go with their newest models, which offer a bevy of options – from trip logging to keyless entry, and everything in-between. We look at a few options that are available to you …

You can now start a Duo video chat right in the middle of a regular phone call

Google has started rolling out a new feature on its Phone app that allows a Duo video call to be started up in the middle of a regular voice call. If you are using the Google Phone app and you call someone who has Duo installed on their device, you will see a new button added to the Phone app’s in-call list of options. Labeled “Video call” and paired with the Duo icon, pressing this button will disconnect the original phone call and launch the Duo app on both ends of the conversation.

If the recipient of the call isn’t decent, or doesn’t want to be on camera for one reason or another, the …

HTC's Black Friday deals start tomorrow

HTC’s Black Friday deals begin tomorrow, November 21st, at 12:00am EST and continue through November 29th at 12:00am EST. During that stretch of time, you can save $50 on company’s best flagship in years, the HTC U11. That comes with free JBL Reflect Aware C headphones, which normally cost $199.99. In addition, buyers of the U11 will also receive a free HTC Fetch, valued at $19.99. With this keychain style device, you press a button to activate your phone’s ringtone alerting you to the location of your handset as long as it’s within 50 feet of the Fetch.

There are other deals, of course, …

Qualcomm turns down Broadcom's takeover bid; this could be the start of an epic Wall Street battle

As expected, Qualcomm this morning said no to the largest tech takeover bid in history. Fellow chipmaker Broadcom had offered $60 in cash and $10 in stock for each Qualcomm share, a transaction valued at $105 billion. Qualcomm told stockholders to reject the tender offer, stating that it amounts to Broadcom trying to buy it on the cheap. Despite the rejection, there are still ways that Broadcom can execute an end around past its target’s board.

Broadcom is said to be considering a proxy contest, asking Qualcomm stockholders to vote on replacing the latter’s current board with a slate of …