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Disappointing iPhone Performance Forces Apple Into Drastic Action

Apple is cutting production of the iPhone by around ten percent in the first quarter of 2017, believes Nikkei Asian Review. Using data from analysts and examining supply chain orders, the daily Japanese publication believes slower than expected sales of Apple’s latest smartphone will lead to a …

Mobile Technology

The 2016 MacBook Pro is the first MacBook to not receive a recommendation from Consumer Reports

Apple’s long-awaited MacBook Pro refresh has been met with some criticism thus far, primarily due to battery life concerns. Now, however, Consumer Reports is out with its look at the new MacBook Pro laptops, and it’s not good.<p>Consumer Reports says that the 2016 MacBook Pro is the first MacBook not …

MacBook Pro

Microsoft is officially bringing real desktop apps to ARM smartphones

From the outset, Windows 10 has promised to be the OS for all devices, but using it on a phone or small tablet meant you couldn’t run traditional desktop apps. That’s now changing.<p>At its WinHEC event today in Shenzen, Microsoft announced that desktop apps are coming to ARM processors – the kind in …

Nokia-branded Android smartphones will arrive in the first half of next year

It’s been a rough decade or so for Nokia’s smartphone business. In 2011, then-CEO Stephen Elop famously described the company’s situation as a “burning platform” in a memo to his staff. That same year, the company plunged into the icy waters of a deal to make Windows Phone 7 its primary operating …

Mobile Technology

Why Fitbit buying Pebble makes sense — at least, in the short term

Buying up the competition<p>Late yesterday it was reported by <i>The Information</i> that Fitbit is close to buying wearable startup Pebble, news that has since been independently confirmed by <i>The Verge</i>. Fitbit and Pebble have been in the final stages of the deal since before the Thanksgiving holiday; the …

Wearable Tech

Amazon to reportedly launch a supersized Echo speaker with touchscreen

Amazon is looking to cash in on the surprising success of its Echo digital home assistant as the company is reportedly building a premieum new model of the device that will come in larger size and feature a touchscreen, Bloomberg reports.<p>According to two undisclosed sources “familiar with the …

Instagram has started telling people when you take screenshots, everyone is panicking

Everyone stop what you're doing and listen up.<p>Instagram rolled out several updates over Thanksgiving week.<p>While everyone has mentioned the new live video feature or the new ability to send disappearing videos and photos privately, people have seemingly skipped over the most important update:</i> …

Black Friday set a record as the first $1 billion mobile shopping day in U.S. history

A 33 percent increase in mobile sales over 2015.<p>Online shoppers in the U.S. made $1.2 billion of purchases via their phones and tablets on Black Friday, marking the first billion-dollar mobile shopping day in U.S. history, according to estimates from Adobe. The estimate marks a 33 percent increase …

Google perpetuates cycle of confusion, renames Google Cast back to Chromecast

Chromecast -> Google Cast -> Chromecast<p>Google appears to be removing the Google Cast name and switching it back to the original Chromecast moniker. As noted by <i>A</i><i>ndroid Police</i><i>,</i> Google has already renamed the @GoogleCast Twitter account back to @Chromecast, and the Google Cast website now describes …

Microsoft is bringing Visual Studio to the Mac

Not a sign of the apocalypse, just that Microsoft is changing<p>Microsoft has announced it’s launching its primary coding interface, Visual Studio, on Mac computers. The news may sound uninteresting, but it’s been a long time coming, and is a big shakeup for the company, which has previously preferred …

New MacBook Pro Reviews Mixed as Touch Bar Called Everything From 'Useful' to 'Gimmick'

Apple has started shipping its new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar to customers just as reviews of the all-new 13-inch and 15-inch notebooks are hitting the web. The reviews provide a closer look at the Touch Bar and whether or not the new MacBook Pro is a suitable upgrade for those with older …

MacBook Pro

Next year’s iPhone 8 is virtually guaranteed to have an OLED screen

We have almost a year to go until Apple unveils the next iPhone, but it’s widely believed that at least one iPhone 8 version will feature an OLED …

Mobile Technology

Microsoft patches critical Windows vulnerability exposed by Google

Microsoft wasn't happy last week when Google revealed a critical Windows vulnerability that had yet to be patched. The company claimed that Google's …

MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar tech was a Microsoft idea first

Apple might have just gotten to the Touch Bar with its new MacBook Pro, but according to a new report, Microsoft was working on similar adaptive keyboard technology as early as 1999.<p>To put that into context, that would be around the time that Apple first shipped its iMac G3 and way before the …

You will soon be able to order McDonald's from your smartphone

The Golden Arches is trying to catch up with the rest of the fast food industry<p>McDonald's has long been a leader in the fast food industry, but it has fallen behind its competitors in one big way: it hasn’t provided customers with a way to order and pay for their meals via smartphone or other …

McDonald's

The Apple Watch just got a selfie camera

Despite its many functions, one of the biggest questions about the Apple Watch from its critics — namely, what is it for? — may have finally been …

IDC survey says half of exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7 users switching to iPhone following recall

In a new report from IDC aiming to determine the impact of Samsung’s recall of its defective Galaxy Note 7, a survey shows around half of those affected plan to switch to an iPhone.<p>Half of the 24 Note 7 owners polled said they have or will choose an Apple iPhone to replace their recalled phone, …

Mobile

Microsoft Surface Studio: the engineering beneath floating pixels

A computer inspired by a desk lamp<p>Microsoft’s Surface PCs are known for their hinges. From the first, launched alongside Windows 8, to the new Surface Studio, each device has a hinge system that has evolved over time. That’s no accident, as the designers behind the scenes have been tweaking the …

Microsoft unveils Windows 10 Creators Update, coming in ‘early 2017’

At its Windows 10 event in New York City today, Microsoft announced the Creators Update for Windows 10. The company detailed a slew of new features coming to its latest and greatest operating system, for free. Microsoft says the Creators Update will arrive in “early 2017,” but Windows Insider …

Windows 10

Microsoft aims high with new Surface hardware

Microsoft has fired a formidable salvo against Apple and its outdated hardware lineup with a new Surface Book and Surface Studio All-in-One PC.<p>If you …

Images of New MacBook Pro With Magic Toolbar Leaked in macOS Sierra 10.12.1

macOS Sierra 10.12.1, released yesterday, includes hidden Apple Pay images that depict the brand new MacBook Pro with an OLED touch panel that's set to be announced by Apple on Thursday, October 27.<p>In addition to confirming that such a product is in the works, the images give us our first full look …

MacBook Pro

The 32GB iPhone 7 has 8 times slower storage speed than 128GB model

Apple isn’t telling you everything about its phones. Few weeks back, GSMArena reported that the 32GB iPhone 7 and 7 Plus had significantly slower storage performance than the 128GB and 256GB models of the device.<p>In a new video, Unbox Therapy‘s Lew Hilsenteger conducted a series of speed tests that …

Mobile Technology

Apple’s holding a Mac event on October 27th: 'hello again'

And we're back to the Mac<p>As expected, Apple just sent out invites for an event in Cupertino next week on October 27th. The tagline on the invite, "hello again," is a clear reference to the Mac, which was originally introduced with the word "hello" in 1984. The event will be streamed live starting …

Instagram app is now available for Windows 10 PCs and tablets

The Instagram app is finally available for Windows 10 PCs and tablets.<p>The app, which took over six months to arrive after being announced at Build …

Google's desktop search could be out of date compared to mobile results soon

Google splitting its mobile and desktop indexes within ‘months’ to offer better smartphone experiences, according to a Google webmaster trends analyst<p>Desktop Google searches could end up slightly out of date compared to those done via smartphones, as the company begins to push mobile search.<p>Google …

SEO

Everything Google announced at today's Pixel hardware event

Kicking off the show at its hardware launch, Google CEO Sundar Pichai touted the shift from mobile to artificial intelligence that allowed for two-way conversation and natural dialogue. He described Google’s desire to build an ‘individual Google’ for each user before detailing some interesting AI …

Samsung ends production of Galaxy Note 7 after exploding battery safety concerns

Samsung has confirmed that it is permanently stopping production of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone after it was involved in dozens of fires and explosions worldwide.<p>In a regulatory filing in South Korea late on Tuesday, the firm said it had made the decision to stop production, for the sake of …

Mobile

Android and iPhone fail: Our lust has petered out

A Gartner forecast of phone shipments projects sales will decline for a second year in a row. But there's a flicker of hope for 2017.<p>Chances are, you're probably not rushing out to buy a new iPhone or Galaxy device.<p>Tech giants like Apple and Samsung have hit a wall when it comes to phone …

Google Pixel

The iPhone 7 Has The Worst Battery Life Compared To Competition: Report

It’s been just a few weeks since Apple released its newest iPhone models and it is quite plausible that you might have already read most of the …

Major security flaw in Samsung Knox could give hackers 'full control' of your phone

Samsung hasn't had the best few weeks. Security experts have disclosed three vulnerabilities in the system the company created to "enhance security" …