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Apple WWDC '18: what to expect
Sat, 02 Jun 2018 23:00:01 +0200

Apple's World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) starts on Monday, June 4 and runs through June 8 in San Jose, CA. When Tim Cook and co take to the stage on June 4 10:00 am Pacific Time to start proceedings, some announcements will be a sure thing. While we may not see much in the way of hardware announcements, it's entirely possible that with the world's attention on Apple's Keynote we could see some things come in from left field, so here are our predictions of what to expect, mixed in with what we'd like to see. As a developer-centric event, Tim Cook will give a brief update on the size...



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ZTE to pay $1.7 billion in fines to the US government, needs to replace its execs
Sat, 02 Jun 2018 20:00:02 +0200

According to inside sources, the Chinese tech giant, ZTE, may soon pay up to $1.7 billion penalty after its April 15 trade ban. The company is estimated to have lost around $3 billion as around 25 to 30% of the hardware it uses is supplied by US firms. However, this is definitely a scenario ZTE is hoping for because the initial 7-year ban would harm the company in more than one way. In addition to the proposed $1.7 billion fine, the US government wants ZTE to replace its board of directors, executive team and hire a compliance contractor to oversee the company's operations. After...



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vivo NEX will come in three variants after all
Sat, 02 Jun 2018 18:40:01 +0200

New alterations of the vivo NEX have been popping out left and right. Just the other day, a second vivo NEX S version appeared in a Geekbench score sheet with Snapdragon 710 and got certified a day later. But now, a Chinese 3C certification report lists one more model dubbed as NEX A. Unfortunately, the listing doesn't disclose anything overly specific about the three devices - only that they support fast 5V/2A, 9V/2A and 10V/2.25A charging over USB-C. We can assume that the NEX A variant will be a China-specific device while the NEX S and the full-fledged NEX version will go...



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6.5-inch iPhone shows up in detailed renders - almost identical to the iPhone X
Sat, 02 Jun 2018 17:50:01 +0200

OnLeaks released some crisp renders yesterday of what is supposed to be the budget iPhone with 6.1-inch IPS LCD display. Today, we have a fresh new batch of the 6.5-inch variant, which leaves only one more to go - the compact 5.8-inch model. 6.5-inch iPhone in black 6.5-inch iPhone in black Anyway, let's focus on what we've got for now. The 6.5-inch model is reportedly coming with an OLED panel and will start a new iPhone X Plus lineup of some sort. The notched design is here to stay along with the metal frame, nearly bezel-less display and the vertically-stacked dual...



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Report says smart speaker usage will surpass wearables in US this year
Sat, 02 Jun 2018 16:50:01 +0200

According to a recent report from market research firm eMarketer, this year, smart speakers will overtake wearables in US in terms of number of users. Here's what the report exactly says: We have raised our forecast significantly for US smart speaker users from 2017 through 2020, based on new data that shows stronger-than-expected adoption of the device. Uptake has been so strong that the number of adult smart speaker users will surpass that of wearable users for the first time this year. As for other interesting tidbids the report reveals, it says most smart speaker users are still...



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Samsung Galaxy A6 tipped to be available in US through AT&T
Sat, 02 Jun 2018 15:50:01 +0200

Samsung unveiled the Galaxy A6 and A6+ early last month. At that time, the company revealed a list of countries where these devices will be made official. But sadly, the US was missing from the list. Those of you in the US who are waiting for these handsets, here's some good news: according to the usually reliable tipster Evan Blass (@evleaks), the Galaxy A6 is indeed coming to the US, and will be available through AT&T. Samsung Galaxy A6 is AT&T-bound (SM-A600A). Evan Blass (@evleaks) June 1, 2018 The tipster, however, didn't reveal exactly when the device will be launched...



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Google working on a Snapdragon 710-powered Pixel smartphone for early 2019
Sat, 02 Jun 2018 14:40:01 +0200

This just in - Google is apparently working on a mid-range Pixel device powered by the newly announced Snapdragon 710. Earlier reports have pointed out that the company is indeed developing such a device, but aimed at the Indian market only. Off to Taiwan for @computex_taipei today, but here's a tidbit for ya: Google is working on a "mobile" device based on the Snapdragon 710 currently scheduled for launch in the 1st half of 2019. Sounds like this might be the (or one of them) upcoming mid-range Pixel phone. Roland Quandt (@rquandt) June 2, 2018 There is no detailed information...



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