Snapchat: Tough noogies, petitioners, the app redesign is here to stay

Snap, the parent company of the infamous Snapchat app, whose redesign caused such a backlash that 1.2 million people signed an online petition to nix it, has finally responded officially to said petition.

While the firm is keeping it polite, it basically says there is no going back, and you will have to be big boys and girls, and take the new redesign in strides, tough luck:
By putting everything from your friends in one place, our goal was to make it easier to connect with the people you care about most. The new Friends page will adapt …


Rugged Doogee S50 braves the elements with tough exterior and a huge battery

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What’s durable, capable, and won’t break the bank for you should the elements take the best of it? That’s the Doogee S50 fitting those descriptions, rushing to occupy the niche of affordable rugged handsets that have little to do with the puny protected phones of yesteryear, which sported tough enclosures, but feeble internals.
The S50 comes …

Reuters: Apple iPhone X will be a tough sell in China

A report published today by Reuters pours cold water on the idea that the tenth anniversary Apple iPhone X will turn around Apple’s declining sales trends in China. After reporting six consecutive quarters of  lower iPhone sales in the country, Apple now finds itself the fifth most popular handset brand in China after local manufacturers Huawei, Oppo, Vivo and Xiaomi.

During the first half of the year, Apple’s share of the Chinese smartphone market (based on shipments into the country) dropped to 9% from 14% in 2015. You might remember that the September 2014 launch of the Apple iPhone …

How tough is the sapphire edition HTC U Ultra? See it scratched and tortured in this video, then compared to other products

Earlier this year, HTC launched an oddball of a premium phablet — the HTC U Ultra, with a 5.7-inch main display and an extra ticker screen on top (a la LG V20), super-shiny finishes, and a missing 3.5 mm headphone jack (despite the device being quite large). To top it off, the company also announced that there will be a special edition of the phablet, which would rock a sapphire glass screen — allegedly the most unscratchable material for a screen that you can make.

Now, as we know, sapphire glass panels are super-hard to make — a couple of years ago, Apple hired …