Sony introduces new wireless earbuds fit for your workouts and with strong bass

Sony has just introduced a pair of new, Bluetooth-based wireless earbuds that combine light weight, digital noise cancellation and sweat resistance that makes them suitable for workouts.

The new earbuds go by the brilliant WF-SP700N (for the cord-free model) and WI-SP600N (for the neckbuds) names, and Sony claims they are the first one to combine BOTH noise cancellation features and water resistance.
First, the WF-SP700N, the “true” wireless kind: battery life on them is 3 hours, considerably less than the 5 hours you get …


Nokia tallies strong feature phone sales in third quarter of 2017, led by iconic 3310

Research firm Counterpoint Research pulled out its trusty slide rule and computed that during the third quarter of 2017, which covered July through September, Nokia licensee HMD Global sold 2.8 million Nokia smartphones worldwide. During the same time frame, the company sold 13.5 million Nokia feature phones. For the quarter, Nokia placed 16th among smartphone manufacturers and third among those producing feature phones. Combined, Nokia was the eighth largest handset producer worldwide for Q3.

The 2.8 million smartphones that Nokia sold globally during the third quarter easily topped the …

Going strong: the Apple Watch is en route to set another sales record in 2018

During Apple’s September keynote — a.k.a. “The iPhone Event” — Tim Cook proudly announced that the Apple Watch has become the most popular watch on Earth. Note – not the most popular smartwatch, but the most popular wearable timepiece out of all of them. Yup, the Apple Watch beat Rolex. At least for now, who knows?

But it seems the Cupertino-designed timepiece is not stopping yet. According to Patently Apple, sources inside the supply chain for the Apple Watch Series 3 say supplier revenues have reached a 23.89% year over year increase this November. The leak, reportedly, comes from Advanced …

Analyst sees no supercycle for Apple, but predicts strong iPhone X sales

Raymond James’ Apple analyst Tavis McCourt wrote a note to clients today. In his message, McCourt stated that the big supercycle that was supposed to pump up Apple’s revenue and profits thanks to the new innovative 2017 iPhone models, might not take place. But thanks to what he sees as strong Apple iPhone X demand, the analyst expects Apple to report higher earnings next year as the average selling price of the iPhone rises as much as 10% in 2018.

McCourt’s note includes some data not favorable to Apple. He says that 37% of iPhone owners plan to upgrade to a 2017 iPhone over the next 12 …

Wave7: Apple iPhone sales ride Sprint's BOGO to score strong June rebound in U.S.

According to analytical firm Wave7, Sprint’s BOGO promotion on leased Apple iPhone 7 and Apple iPhone 7 Plus units have helped Apple score a strong June in U.S. sales. Apple’s chief rival, Samsung, benefited from a strong start for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+. The latter two handsets were the subject of a T-Mobile BOGO, but sales of the previous generation models (Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 edge) have dried up to the point that Samsung’s sales at physical retail locations in the states have been negatively affected.

Wave7 analyst Jeffrey Moore notes that Samsung’s …

Analyst: Apple to ship over 40 million iPhones this quarter due to strong interest

Times are good for Cupertino, as Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri believes Apple is going to have a big quarter, shipping as many as 41.5 million iPhones. Not only is this an indicator for strong retailer demand of Apple’s most financially important product, it would also mark an increase of over one million units shipped from the same quarter last year.

Arcuri, though, is careful to point out that the number of phones actually bought by customers could be going down. Despite this, retailers are as sure as ever in Apple’s ability to deliver desirable phones. On the topic of the upcoming …

T-Mobile reports another strong quarter with 798K new postpaid phone subscribers

T-Mobile this afternoon released its quarterly earnings report for the first three month period of 2017. Covering January through March, the nation’s third largest carrier added 798,000 postpaid phone subscribers. Considering that Verizon lost 289,000 customers in this category for its first quarter, T-Mobile seems to be running on all cylinders. The company says that it alone will be responsible for 250% of the industry’s growth in the quarter. The postpaid phone churn for the three months was a record low 1.18%, down 15 basis points from last year, and 10 basis points from the fourth …

The force was strong with these 'Star Wars' Half Marathon runners

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“May the course be with you.”

Those five words are sure to pump up any of the Star Wars-loving runners who participated in runDisney’s Star Wars  Half Marathon – The Dark Side this weekend.

The Walt Disney World Orlando Resort kicked off its out-of-this-world event — held in the Florida park from April 20 to 23 — with a Star Wars Half Marathon on Saturday, where fans were invited to join the dark side and sprint through Darth Vader’s turf while being cheered on by stormtroopers stationed on the sidelines.

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Samsung sees strong Galaxy S8 pre-orders in the US, black Galaxy S8+ is in high demand

Samsung today informed us that the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are being very well received in the US, where the two handsets are available to pre-order since late March.

Just like in South Korea, pre-orders for the Galaxy S8 and S8+ are outpacing those of the Galaxy S7 series from last year – Samsung is seeing “strong double digit growth” in pre-order numbers, despite the fact that both the S8 and S8+ are a bit more expensive than their predecessors.

Interestingly, Samsung says that “the majority of US consumers have been selecting the Galaxy S8+”, so the …

Amazon stimulates Alexa software developers with strong subsidies

AI assistants are a real hot topic right now and fairly so, given the exciting development the industry has seen over the last few years. Amazon’s Alexa, for example, which launched in late 2014 with 100 skills in the Echo home assistant, now tops 10,000 downloadable skills on its platform. The skills on Alexa resemble mini apps, but each of them is intended to perform a specific function. With developers around the world playing with the Alexa Skills Kit to create variety of software for the AI, Amazon has decided to nourish this healthy growth with free-of-charge Amazon Web Services for Alexa …