Earnings warning hints at weak iPhone 8 sales; iPhone 7 is the most popular phone during Q3

Pegatron, one of the contract manufacturers used by Apple to assemble the iPhone, warned today that demand for the Apple iPhone 8 could be weak during the first quarter of 2018. The company said that it often experiences a seasonal slowdown during the start of a new year. Jeff Pu, an analyst at Yuanta Investment Consulting, predicts that Apple will slash orders for the iPhone 8 by 50% during the first quarter. Pegatron produces the iPhone 8 while Foxconn assembles the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X. Apple contributes 60% of Pegatron’s revenue and is the company’s top customer.

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Google will delete your Android backups after 2 months of inactivity without any warning

Turns out Google will get rid of your old Android backups after two months of inactivity if you don’t actively use an Android device. This important tidbit of info was brought to our attention by Reddit user Tanglebrook, who learned this in the worst possible way – by having all of their Android settings, saved Wi-Fi passwords, and app data deleted after using an old iPhone of theirs for a while.

And that’s quite normal – Google’s own terms of service explicitly say that after 14 days of inactivity, your existing Android backups will get an expiration date, after which they go …

Fair warning: Chelsea Handler's story about adopting a senior dog will make you cry

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Saturday marked the third annual Clear the Shelters event, a day when animal shelters nationwide waive or lower adoption fees in hopes that as many pets will find homes as possible. 

To encourage others to participate, Chelsea Handler posted a video relaying one of her own adoption stories. (Handler has adopted two dogs from local shelters.) 

“I went into the [Long Beach] pound,” she says, “and I found the ugliest-looking dog I could find. And that was Tammy.”

Handler goes on to describe how Tammy, a senior dog, “blossomed” under her care, becoming the very good girl fans saw on her exquisitely-run Instagram page. Tammy passed away last week after a bout of illness, but Handler says she’s just glad Tammy was able to enjoy her final two years. Read more…

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T-Mobile to start warning subscribers when an incoming call is a scam

Don’t you hate picking up a call just to discover that the person on the other end is trying hard to separate you from your hard earned money by tossing out lies and improbable claims? Now, T-Mobile is about to start a new feature that will warn you when an incoming call is most likely a scam. If a call comes into your line that sets off  the carrier’s BS detector, caller ID will read “Scam likely.”  You can decide to answer the call for a hoot, or just ignore it completely.

If you are particularly allergic to scam, you can arrange to have such calls blocked before the notification …