Apparently Apple wants to join forces with Foxconn on Toshiba bid


Toshiba’s NAND flash memory division is up for sale and the company already has a bunch of bidders, with Foxconn being one of them. The company has reportedly put in a $ 27 billion bid on Toshiba’s memory business, which is expected to be rejected.

But all is not lost for Foxconn. According to the public broadcaster NHK, Apple is thinking of joining in on the fun. The iPhone maker is considering partnering up with Foxconn in hopes of increasing its chances of closing the deal with Toshiba.

Apple is willing to invest several billion dollars to secure at least 20 percent of Toshiba’s memory business. Foxconn would obviously also get a stake, while Toshiba would still maintain a small part of the business. The whole point of the deal is to keep the company under US and Japanese control, essentially sidestepping any opposition to Foxconn alone taking over.

The relations between Japan and China aren’t the best. Therefore, giving control of Toshiba’s memory business to Foxconn, a company headquartered in Taiwan that has close ties to China, isn’t something the Japanese government is very happy about.

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It looks like Foxconn is trying everything it can to acquire Toshiba’s NAND flash memory division. In addition to joining forces with Apple, the company also reached out to SoftBank and asked for help. According to the Nikkei Business Daily, the company thinks that SoftBank just might help in smoothing the way with Japanese banks.

It will be interesting to see which company will be able to close the deal with Toshiba in the end. Aside from Foxconn and Apple, the South Korean company SK Hynix, US chipmaker Broadcom, and current Toshiba partner Western Digital are also still in the game.

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Eye iPhone case that doubles as an Android phone raises over $600,000 via Kickstarter

There are tons of cases for the various iPhone models, including some that can double as an extra battery. However, a company called ESTI wants to release an iPhone case that also doubles as a full Android smartphone. The Eye case has already raised well over $ 600,000 via Kickstarter, far above its original $ 95,000 goal.

ESTI says the Eye iPhone case will have an Android 7.1.1 Nougat phone on the back that includes a 5-inch AMOLED display with a 1,080 x 1,920 resolution. Inside, the Eye case will have a MediaTek Helio P20 octa-core processor, 3 GB of RAM and 16 GB of onboard storage, with a microSD card slot to add up to 256 GB of additional storage. It also will have dual SIM slots, a 3.5 mm earphone jack and a 2,800 mAh battery, with an accessory planned that will boost the battery size up to 10,000 mAh. The case will also support NFC and wireless charging features.

The Eye case is being made for all iPhone 6 and iPhone 7 models, but customers have the option to wait until the next iPhone arrives later this year to get the case made for those versions. The Kickstarter campaign has less than a day to go before it ends, as of this writing, and backer prices for the case starts at $ 119 for a non-4G model, with higher prices if you want the case to have more onboard storage or 4G connectivity. The first shipments for the Eye case are supposed to start in August 2017.

While the prospect of having a full Android Nougat phone on the back of an iPhone sounds cool, we do have to wonder if it will really work as advertised when it begins shipping. Then we will see if it is really a useful product, or just another Kickstarter project that failed to meet expectations.

Check out Eye on Kickstarter

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How to delete apps on iPhone 7

iPhone 7 home screen

Many of you are happily rocking the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, loading it up with fun apps to entertain, or just be productive. As the apps stack up, there comes a time to let them go. With that in mind, join us for a simple tutorial as we show you how to delete apps on iPhone 7.

The process is pretty simple if you are doing it from your device. There’s a few quick taps and clicks to make your app of choice uninstall, and take its data with it. Don’t worry, you can always reinstall these apps, and if you did not intend to remove it, be sure to check your iCloud backup for saved data, retrieving your game status and more.

Let’s get started.

On the Home screen of your iPhone 7, long press on an app icon. It does not matter which you press on, but it does make sense to hit the app you are thinking of removing.

iPhone 7 home screen delete apps

The screen will begin to wiggle, or at least your app icons do. You are now in the Home screen editing mode, as I call it, where you can re-arrange app icons for your needs, or uninstall apps altogether.

Not all apps can be deleted, those that can will have a small “x” in the top corner of the app icon. I bet you guessed what the next step is:

Tap the little “x” and answer affirmatively on the pop up notification box to confirm the deletion of the app.

iPhone 7 home screen delete apps

The app will remove from your device, as will any saved data that it had stored on your device.

When you are finished deleting apps and re-arranging icons to better suite your needs, simply tap the Home button to exit the wobbly Home screen editing mode.

Can I do it from my computer?

For those of you that still like to connect your iPhone to your PC, there is a tool for you as well. We’ll not walk through it, but the idea is pretty simple.

Head into iTunes on your connected Mac or PC, have a look for Sync Settings and ensure that your papp of choice is not set to sync, that is, it will re-download to your phone. Deleting the app from iTunes on your PC is a little outdated of a process, but it still works.

Having issues?

If for some reason you do not see the “X” on the app icon when it is wobbling on your screen, there are two possible causes. The most common cause for difficulty in uninstalling apps from your iPhone 7 is the unfortunate fact that you cannot uninstall system apps. Those are the ones that were installed when you first turned on your device.

iPad Delete Apps Restrictions

The second common reason you may not be able to uninstall is in the security settings of the device. Head into your system Settings -> General -> Restrictions to see if restrictions are turned on, then turn them off, at least temporarily, until the uninstall is complete.

Be honest, how many of you recovered your iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus from a previous iPhone backup, only to have to delete a bunch of apps?

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