HMD may launch a new Nokia 3 smartphone later this year

HMD Global made a habit of launching beefed-up variants of its Nokia-branded smartphones. It happened with the Nokia 6, Nokia 7 and Nokia 8, and it’s about to happen again with the Nokia 3.

Nokia 3 is more of an entry-level rather than a mid-range smartphone, which made its debut on the market about a year ago. The phone embeds a 1.4GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6737 processor, 2GB RAM, and 16GB expandable storage.

Well, it looks like HMD Global plans to launch a better-specced version of the low-end device, which will be named Nokia 3.1 or Nokia 3 (2018). The name of the unannounced …


Google tipped to launch three Pixel-branded smartwatches this year

It looks like 2018 shapes up to be a great year for Google. After officially revealing Android P earlier this week, Google is readying for yet another major event where the Mountain View company is likely to announce two Pixel smartphones.

However, according to leakster Evan Blass, Google plans to introduce its first Pixel-branded watch this fall along with the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones. However, those waiting for Google’s own wearables to make it to market will be pleased to know the company is actually working on three different smartwatches.

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Samsung Gear S4 and Apple Watch Series 4 could face stiff competition from Google this year

Android smartwatches are not in a good place right now. Due to fizzling popularity and dwindling sales, Google recently made the decision to rebrand Android Wear as Wear OS, in hopes that it would be able to turn a new page and regain its foothold in a market dominated by Apple and Samsung. The rebranding was a necessary move, considering that every third Android smartwatch was being paired with an iPhone, and reflects a broader trend at Google of removing the Android moniker from cross-platform services. But rebranding a product is one thing. Reinventing it is something …

WSJ: Google Search payments to Apple will slow this year

According to one analyst, last year Google paid more than $3 billion to Apple so that Google Search could remain the default search engine on iOS-powered devices like the iPhone and iPad. But Google parent Alphabet has said that its traffic acquisition costs are expected to drop this year, and that category includes such payments to Apple. The latter accounts for such revenue under services, which happens to be the part of Apple’s business it is focusing on with the slowdown of hardware sales. In the just released fiscal second quarter, Apple cited licensing as the main driver of a 31% year-over-year …

Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin starts its year off right with beautiful rocket launch

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Up, up, and away. 

Blue Origin — the previously secretive rocket company started by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos — just launched another successful flight and landing of its New Shepard rocket and capsule from its facility in Texas. 

The test flight, which took place on Sunday at around 1:07 p.m. ET, will pave the way for people to actually fly to suborbital space aboard the Blue Origin rocket sometime in the coming years. 

The rocket reached a maximum altitude of 350,000 feet during the test flight, which took roughly 10 minutes from liftoff to the rocket and capsule touchdowns.  Read more…

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Xiaomi expected to ship 100 million smartphones this year, up 43% from 2017

Led by the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S handset, which provides flagship specs at a value price, Xiaomi is hoping to ship 100 million smartphones this year, according to industry estimates. That would be a 43% hike over last year’s delivery of 70 million units. In addition, the company might finally enter the U.S. market later this year or early next year. Xiaomi reportedly has met with U.S. carriers to discuss selling Xiaomi’s flagship handsets in the U.S.

While this might not be the best time for a Chinese based manufacturer to push its wares in the U.S., Xiaomi thus far has escaped the negative issues …

Nintendo to launch new action RPG smartphone game later this year

After the success of Super Mario Run, Fire Emblem: Heroes and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, Nintendo revealed its new mobile game to be released later this year – Dragalia Lost. Unlike Nintendo’s previous mobile games that belong to iconic franchises, the upcoming title is a new IP.

Dragalia Lost is an action RPG developed by Nintendo and Cygames. The game will be initially released in Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau sometime this summer. According to Nintendo, the game will make it to North America and Europe later this year.

Along with the game’s announcement, Nintendo released …

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 …

Typical U.S. Apple iPhone user downloaded 45 apps last year, up 10% from 2016

According to the latest data from app researchers Sensor Tower, the average U.S. Apple iPhone user spent an estimated $58 on apps last year, up 23% or $11 from the $47 spent back in 2016. The app category that received the most money from stateside iPhone users was mobile games. These apps accounted for 62% of  2017 app purchases made by those sporting Apple’s iconic smartphone.

The average U.S. iPhone user purchased $36 worth of mobile games from the App Store last year, up from $32 in 2016. Spending on entertainment apps in 2017 surged 57% last year, allowing it to overtook music …

According to leaked memo, Apple found 29 leakers last year and 12 were arrested

Earlier this year, we all had a good laugh when a memo from Snapchat parent Snap leaked. The memo warned employees not to leak confidential information. Today, something similar happened to Apple. A memo meant for Apple employees’ eyes only revealed that 29 leakers were caught last year by Apple. 12 of them were arrested. To make sure that those who work for Apple know what could happen to them if they pass along confidential info to the media, Apple wrote, “These people not only lose their jobs, they can face extreme difficulty finding employment elsewhere.” Ironically, this confidential internal …