Looks like the Galaxy Note 9 won't include a shutter button after all

Previously, leaked Galaxy Note 9 case renders appeared to depict an extra physical button on the frame of the device, with information obtained yesterday claiming that it would be both a shutter button and a screenshot key. Today, however, tipster Ice Universe has denied these claims by providing different case renders that reveal the cut-out’s true use.

In what will be a huge disappointment to fans and those hoping for an enhanced photography experience, the cut-out in question is actually just two holes added by the manufacturer of this specific case in order to be used with a small lanyard. …


Instagram confirms it won't notify users of screenshots after all

Back in February, Facebook-owned Instagram revealed that it was testing a new feature that would notify its users whenever people took screenshots of their Story, following in the footsteps of Snapchat. 

Upon the announcement, it was clear that users weren’t exactly impressed by the revelation, with various people voicing their discontent on Twitter. Now, though, in a move that will likely lead to celebration among Instagram’s community, the photo-centric company has confirmed that it’s no longer testing the feature. Instead, it’s no focus is presumably the upcoming video hub feature …

IDC says smartphone shipments declined last year and won't resume growth until 2019

According to research firm IDC, global smartphone shipments declined .3% last year to 1.465 billion units. Following an expected .2% decline in shipments to 1.462 billion handsets this year, IDC sees the market turning around with 3% annual growth from 2019 onward. By 2022, 1.654 billion phones will be delivered IDC estimates, which would result in a five year compounded annual growth rate of 2.4%.
IDC computes that Android flavored handsets will make up 84.8% of the smartphones shipped globally this year. That comes to 1.246 billion phones. Shipments of iOS powered …

Xiaomi Mi 8 won't be China-exclusive, coming to at least 8 other countries at launch

Xiaomi’s flagships are hard to get unless the Chinese company doesn’t sell its products in your country, but the good news is Xiaomi is expanding its presence to more countries every month. It even said it plans to enter the US market by the end of 2018 or early 2019, a pretty bold move considering the faith of other Chinese brands like LeEco, Huawei, and ZTE.

The next top-tier smartphone Xiaomi plans to launch, the Mi 8 is expected to go official on May 31 in China. Two other devices are likely to be introduced alongside Xiaomi’s new flagship, the Mi 8 SE (Special Edition?) and Mi Band …

One Harvey Weinstein accuser says she won't celebrate his arrest in a must-read thread

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In the days following Harvey Weinstein’s arrest, some within the entertainment industry have posted a statement released by Time’s Up — the organization created in the wake of the scandal. 

Others, like actress Annabella Sciorra, have taken things a step further. Sciorra was one of the women to come forward in Ronan Farrow’s follow up stories featured in The New Yorker. On Sunday, she shared that she felt the farthest thing from celebratory when she heard the initial news about his arrest. 

“The law finally caught up with Harvey Weinstein on Friday and charge him with multiple counts of rape and sexual assault,” she tweeted. “But nothing about that felt celebratory to me.”  Read more…

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Apple rejects Valve's Steam Link, the app won't come to iOS

Valve announced early this month that it will make game streaming from PC/Mac to mobile devices possible via Steam Link app. Initially, the app was launched on Android, but Valve said an iOS version will be made available very soon as well.

Unfortunately, Steam Link app for iOS has been rejected by Apple even though the Cupertino-based company initially approve the app. Even though the team at Valve appealed and tried to explain Apple why Steam Link should be approved, they were ultimately denied.

On Monday, May 7th, Apple approved the Steam Link app for release. On Weds, May 9th, …

Apple Glasses won't launch until December 2021 says Gene Munster

Last summer, Loup Ventures’ Gene Munster said that Apple’s AR glasses would launch in 2020 and become bigger than the iPhone. But that was last year. Munster, a long time Apple watcher for Piper Jaffray, now expects the wearable to come to market a year later than he originally expected. In a new report posted online, Munster says that Apple Glasses will be released in 2021.
Munster said that after meeting with AR experts, a product like Apple Glasses are still a few years away from being ready for prime time. This basically confirms what Apple CEO Tim Cook said last …

The 'right to disconnect' won't save you from after-work hell, but it's a start

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What does “after work” mean anymore? 

Not much. These days, employers can Slack you late Friday night, send you an email Saturday morning, and text you with an “emergency” on Sunday night.

In America’s workaholic culture, instant messaging is the 3 a.m. tequila shot nobody needs. But here we are, slumped over, bleary eyed, and paranoid every time our phones vibrate. 

The answer to our collective nightmare could be legislation. New York City is considering a bill that would give employees the “right to disconnect.” It doesn’t ban bosses from emailing their underlings after hours. Instead, it would fine them $250 if they punish an employee for not responding.  Read more…

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Sprint won't be missed (poll results)

We asked you last week whether you will miss Sprint’s name and jolly yellow logo, if and when the merger with T-Mobile gets approved by the regulators, and less than 10% of our 1637 respondents said that Sprint will be sorely missed. Actually, less than a third of you on aggregate, think that the deal could have resulted in anything else than… the new T-Mobile, as T-Mobile CEO’s memo to employees referred to the resulting third-largest US carrier that will be breathing down AT&T’s neck like never before:

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UBS: Apple iPhone sales to be flat in China this year; 2015 peak won't ever be topped

UBS securities analyst Steven Milunovich said in a note to clients sent on Monday, that he expects sales of the Apple iPhone in China this year to be flat compared with last year’s sales. Preventing any type of solid growth for Apple in the country is a longer upgrade cycle, saturation, and plenty of local competition. The peak year for Apple’s iconic smartphone in China came in 2015 when the country made up a quarter of all iPhone shipments. Today, that figure is 19%.

The iPhone started losing momentum in China last year and Milunovich says that Chinese iPhone demand will never return to …