In the midst of a chaotic period for Samsung Electronics, on October 18, the South Korean company said it would compensate suppliers hit by the decision to scrap its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones because of safety concerns with exploding batteries. Samsung announced that it was discontinuing the Note 7 after a chaotic recall that saw replacement phones also catching fire. The Galaxy Note 7 recall and discontinuation of the product won’t come cheap. Samsung estimates that the cost of the…
Samsung continues to struggle with more reports of exploding Galaxy Note 7 smartphones. Therefore, the South Korean company recently said it was “adjusting production” of the device after major distributors ceased offering replacements because of continued safety concerns. Samsung issued a global recall in early September for 2.5 million of its flagship devices following reports of exploding lithium-ion batteries. On October 11, Samsung officially called to halt all sales of the device. Reports began to surface of replacement devices exploding…

Google challenges the iPhone with launch of Pixel smartphone

Written on Wednesday, 05 October 2016 08:20
Google unveiled its in-house designed Pixel smartphone on Tuesday, October 4, confirming the U.S. firm’s push into hardware. The phone features a built-in assistant similar to the iPhone’s Siri. Google also revealed details of its new “home assistant” virtual reality headset and Wi-Fi router. Google is leading a major push toward artificial intelligence software centered on it new smartphone and other devices. "We are building hardware with the Google Assistant at its core," said Rick Osterloh, head of a new…
The release of the new high-tech iPhone 7 may have people in awe and willing to fork out up to US$800. But it’s not actually the most expensive iPhone on the market. Surprisingly, the 1st Generation Apple iPhone 2G is selling for up to US$4,800 on eBay. The old-school devices are now considered to be collector’s items if they’ve been well kept and in the original packaging. Unlike most technology devices which gradually lose value over time, The Daily Dot…
Canadian-based BlackBerry, one of the pioneers of the smartphone market, announced on Wednesday, September 28, it will cease producing handsets, instead outsourcing production to an Indonesian partner. Handsets bearing the BlackBerry brand will be produced under license by PT Tiphone Mobile Indonesia Tbk. The move will allow BlackBerry to concentrate on software and services. BlackBerry has struggled in the smartphone market in recent years. About a decade ago, it was among the largest smartphone makers in the world, but its…
Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications (MPT) has chosen chipsets from Chinese fabless semiconductor developer, Spreadtrum Communications for its latest smartphone models M40 and M50. According to Spreadtrum the M50 adopts Spreadtrum’s 28nm WCDMA/HSPA(+) /GSM/GPRS/EDGE chipset SC7731G with an embedded quad-core 1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A7 processor. “[The M50] features a double-sided glass separated by metal frame design, a 5-inch HD on-cell 2.5D curved glass touchscreen, 1G RAM, 8GB storage, an 8MP rear camera and 5MP front camera. It is pre-installed with the Android…
With the awe-inspiring launch of the latest iPhone, Samsung is racing to replace millions of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones around the world, after numerous reports that the devices’ batteries were catching fire. In order to prevent more occurrences, Samsung plans to fix Note 7’s in its home market of South Korea that will prevent the batteries from charging above 60% capacity. On the front page of the newspaper Seoul Shinmun, it read: “This plan is for the safety of…
Apple’s latest operating system for iPhones and iPads just released, bringing with it a host of new features such as a changed lock screen to provide more information, and artificial intelligence for photos. But shortly after its launch, some Apple users were subject to a major fault that left devices “bricked” or temporarily useless. iOS officially released to Apple users on September 13. It offers a range of new features such as several redesigned apps, a new design for notifications,…
Apple will soon be celebrating its 40th birthday. What’s more, the company is celebrating the fact that it has sold almost a billion products around the world. But the release of Apple’s new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus is its biggest reason to celebrate yet. The iPhones were unveiled at Apple’s annual media event in San Francisco on Wednesday, September 7. The phones are water and dust resistant, come in new shades of black, have improved cameras, and no…

LG launches V20 flagship with Google’s latest Android 7.0 Nougat

Written on Wednesday, 07 September 2016 13:53
LG revealed its latest flagship smartphone on September 6 which features Google’s latest Android 7.0 Nougat. The V20 is the successor to LG’s flagship V10 in 2015, which also features a dual-camera system and a second display located at the top of the phone. However, these features have been upgraded in the V20, such as the display which features a much brighter font. Interestingly, the V20 retains the headphone jack which many phone-makers are trying to phase out, and also…
At Berlin’s IFA 2016, Huawei Consumer Business Group debuted the Huawei nova and the Huawei nova plus, the first smartphones in the new series designed to meet the needs of today’s most dynamic consumers. The new nova series features multi-curve design features, camera advances for more vivid photography, and performance updates for enhanced usability. Huawei also introduced a new version of its MediaPad M3 tablet and announced new color options for the award-winning Huawei P9 smartphone. Every feature of the…
Tokyo-based Sony Mobile announced on September 1, two additions to its new X series smartphones. Continuing the vision set out at MWC in February, the flagship Xperia XZ and premium Xperia X Compact offer an even more intelligent, personalized experience. “With Xperia we want to assist you when and where it matters most, making your everyday lives more convenient, more effortless, more spontaneous,” said Hideyuki Furumi, Executive Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing, Sony Mobile Communications. “With Xperia XZ and…
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