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  • Apple running supposed 'livestream' ahead of March 25's press event
    on March 24, 2019 at 11:23 pm

    Drumming up publicity for Monday's press event, which starts at 10 a.m. Pacific, Apple is already running a purported "livestream" from the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park, usually showing little more than a empty stage. […]

  • Top 10 trending phones of week 12
    on March 24, 2019 at 10:59 pm

    Week 11 brought an end to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro's reign in our trending chart. Samsung Galaxy A50 claimed the crown this time around, pushing last week's leader to second. It wasn't all bad news for Xiaomi though, as the Redmi Note 7 climbed two spots to take the final step on the rostrum. After that we get two more Samsung phones from the opposite ends of the company lineup - the affordable Galaxy M30 placed just ahead of the high-flying Galaxy S10+. Two newly unveiled phones claimed places six and seven - the Xiaomi Black Shark 2 beating the Galaxy A40 as the best-placed... […]

  • Apple's video service could sell networks like HBO & Showtime for $9.99 each
    on March 24, 2019 at 10:43 pm

    Apple's "TV" app -- the locus of the video platform set to be announced on Monday -- may sell subscriptions to outside services like HBO and Showtime at a cost of $9.99 apiece, a report suggested on Sunday. […]

  • Counterclockwise: the rise of OLED smartphones and why it happened
    on March 24, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    We're at a pivotal point in the history of mobile screens - OLEDs have finally matched LCDs. Looking at the user interest, OLED-packing phones have climbed up to equal LCD models and are set to surpass them very soon. Back in 2017, we looked at LCD vs. OLED for the first time, but then we simply counted the number of new models each year. This time around we took actual interest into account (by looking at interest in each phone on our site) because more popular and typically the ones that get better sales numbers. We still plotted the number of new models year (in yellow), but as you can... […]

  • Amazon drops Apple's current 15" MacBook Pro to $1,999 ($400 off), plus $300 off 2018 13" MacBook Pros
    on March 24, 2019 at 6:47 pm

    In what amounts to the steepest discount available on Apple's six-core 15-inch MacBook Pro, Amazon has issued a $400 price drop on the standard model in Space Gray. Apple's current quad-core 13-inch MacBook Pros are also $200 to $300 off, with prices starting at $1,599. […]

  • Weekly poll: Are tablets still relevant?
    on March 24, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    Did you hear? Apple updated its non-pro iPads. Perhaps the more important question is "do you care?". Looking at Apple's report for Q4 2018, it shows that the iPhone brings in 8x the revenue of iPads. The tablets also lag behind the Mac sales as well as the wearable and services division. In short, the iPad is one of the least profitable Apple products. The tablet market in general has been stagnating, Apple is better off than most companies. What's the last flagship Android tablet? The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 10.5 pops to mind, but while the high-res Super AMOLED screen is lovely, the... […]

  • Recap: The new phones and tablets of week 12
    on March 24, 2019 at 11:00 am

    The past week saw the debut of a lot of phones and tablets. To make sure you haven't missed any of those we've gathered them all here so you can quickly catch up. The newly spun-off Redmi brand got its newest budget offering in the Redmi 7. The phone offers an efficient Snapdragon 632 chipset and generous battery life with its 4,000 mAh cell for just CNY 699 ($105/€92) in its base configuration. On the gaming front, Xiaomi went all out with the Black Shark 2. The phone introduced a display built for gamers with low latency, pressure sensitivity, and DC dimming. Of course, there's... […]

  • Weekly poll results: periscope cameras will be a hit
    on March 24, 2019 at 7:00 am

    People are excited about periscope cameras - last week's poll shows that the high zoom levels they enable will be a key consideration the time comes to buy a new phone. There are plenty of phones with a tele camera on the market right now, but they are almost exclusively 2x. From the comments it's pretty clear that the excitement about periscope cameras will be much higher if they offered smooth zoom. There have been such cameras in the past (e.g. the Zenfone Zoom), but the upcoming crop of phones (e.g. Huawei P30 Pro and Oppo Reno) will have a locked focal length. People are concerned... […]

  • The strange story of Section 230, the obscure law that created our flawed, broken internet
    by Matt Reynolds on March 24, 2019 at 6:00 am

    In 1995, it looked as though we might be heading towards an internet where censorship and moderation ruled supreme. Then along came Section 230 […]

  • The shows that are coming to Apple's new TV streaming service
    by Matt Kamen on March 24, 2019 at 6:00 am

    Apple is getting into streaming TV – but what will you actually be able to watch? […]

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